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YoungBP
07-22-2009, 09:25 PM
Hi,
Im new to the uke and i was wondering if anyone knew any songs that would be easy for a begginer.

Thanks for the help :]

whetu
07-22-2009, 09:41 PM
this youtube channel, for the win:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MusicTeacher2009

p.s. welcome to UU! :)

Citrus
07-22-2009, 10:40 PM
welcome to UU, I can offer some personal suggestions
A lot of this depends on your definition of beginner, if you're just starting with chords, I really recommend this song
http://www.ilovefizzypop.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/anyone-else-but-you.pdf
or if its not your style,
http://www.scorpex.net/uke/light_my_fire.pdf
is a nice introduction to chords too
if you're more into just playing melodies so far, I recommend anything form here:
http://www.muffin.net.nz/muffin/Pdf_Tablature.html
if you want something else just let me know

Melissa82
07-23-2009, 05:29 AM
I like this site for beginners. He has slow versions for a lot of them too with recordings you can play along with.

http://www.doctoruke.com/beginners.html

ukulelearp
07-23-2009, 06:41 AM
this youtube channel, for the win:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MusicTeacher2009

p.s. welcome to UU! :)

I can confirm that those videos are great. When I just started out they were extremely helpful and taught me some cool songs that I sounded great. Try them out, and be sure to thank him if you like them.

sukie
07-23-2009, 08:01 AM
With practice I think you might be able to master Elephant Town pretty quickly. It is a classic.

I don't know how to put a UU link on here yet, but if you search for it you'll find it.

Melissa82
07-23-2009, 08:25 AM
With practice I think you might be able to master Elephant Town pretty quickly. It is a classic.

I don't know how to put a UU link on here yet, but if you search for it you'll find it.http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15497&highlight=elephant+town

sukie
07-23-2009, 08:28 AM
Thanks, Melissa.

It truly is a fun little song to learn. How's yours going Melissa?

pink flamingo
07-23-2009, 08:59 AM
this youtube channel, for the win:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MusicTeacher2009

p.s. welcome to UU! :)

I'ma gonna marry ukulele Mike someday...and that's it

Melissa82
07-23-2009, 09:08 AM
I'ma gonna marry ukulele Mike someday...and that's itUm... looks like I have some competition!

sukie
07-23-2009, 09:22 AM
Um... looks like I have some competition!


Oh, dear. Here we go again. We basically decided (in our little competition) to move to Utah.

Melissa82
07-23-2009, 09:33 AM
Oh, dear. Here we go again. We basically decided (in our little competition) to move to Utah.But Ukulele Mike lives in Seattle, WA, lol.

KC8AFW
07-23-2009, 09:46 AM
But Ukulele Mike lives in Seattle, WA, lol.

I think it was a fake out to get you guys to go to UT so she can head to Seattle.:cool:

whetu
07-24-2009, 10:30 PM
This is where some desperate single guy comes in and says

"ladies, ladies, there's plenty of me to go around"

If you're expecting me to say it, keep expecting :D

But at least now I know, the secret to having two ladies after me is to be like Ukulele Mike!

lernon
07-26-2009, 06:24 PM
anyways... a good song, umm... stand by me... only 4 chords and a fun song

ukulele2544
07-26-2009, 06:28 PM
Maybe Aldrine's CMJ?

bumblemark
07-26-2009, 08:27 PM
simple songs like
"The song formerly known as "Burrito" but renamed something else???" by Aldy
or some old school Temptations "Just my imagination" or "My Girl"

toubisard
07-27-2009, 01:29 AM
Try, 'I still haven't found what I'm looking for' by U2 it can be strummed or picked played at at tempo and is simply C F G you can do a lot with these chords.

Kanaka916
07-27-2009, 04:33 AM
Hi,
Im new to the uke and i was wondering if anyone knew any songs that would be easy for a begginer.

Thanks for the help :]
Check out this thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8683); bunch of songs using a 4 chord progression and pretty much basic major chords.

ricdoug
07-29-2009, 08:09 AM
Hi,
Im new to the uke and i was wondering if anyone knew any songs that would be easy for a begginer.

Thanks for the help :]

Bruce Evans of Michigan sent me this list he uses to teach ukulele:

BEGINNER WORKSHOP

1 chord songs

Are you Sleeping, Brother John
He’s Got the Whole World
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Shortnin’ Bread


2 chord songs

Are You Sleeping, Brother John
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Shortnin’ Bread
Buffalo Gals
Clementine
Deep In the Heart Of Texas
Down In the Valley
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Hail, Hail, The Gang’s All Here
How Much Is That Doggie in the Window
Hush Little Baby
It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More
Jambalaya
La Cucaracha
London Bridges
Mary Ann
Play A Simple Melody
Polly Wolly Doodle
Skip To My Lou
This Old Man
Tom Dooley


3 chord songs

Aloha `Oe
Barbara Ann
Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain
Blue Suede Shoes
Bye, Bye Love
Camptown Races
Cindy
Crawdad Song
Dang Me
Down By the Riverside
Elvira
Good Night Ladies
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
Hang On Sloopy
Heartbreak Hotel
Home On the Range
Home Sweet Home
Jamaican Farewell
Kansas City
King of the Road
Margaritaville
Michael Row the Boat Ashore
Mockingbird Hill
Oh Suzanna
Old Folks At Home
Old Macdonald
On Top Of Old Smokey
Red River Valley
She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
This Land Is Your Land
When the Saints Go Marching In
You Are My Sunshine

Melissa82
07-29-2009, 08:31 AM
The thing about all the "easy" songs is that I don't know them and have to go searching for a sound sample. Kind of annoying but I guess that's the way it is until you can play better.

ihavenotea
07-29-2009, 10:33 AM
The thing about all the "easy" songs is that I don't know them and have to go searching for a sound sample. Kind of annoying but I guess that's the way it is until you can play better.

It is always easier to learn to play songs you already know well. Finding songs with simple chord progressions and simple rhythms can be challenging though.

Two tricks I find useful: Rise Up Singing (http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Up-Singing-Group-Songbook/dp/0962670472) has tons of songs, most with simplified chord progressions that make them easy to play. Takes a little time to learn to read their chordlines, but once you do it is super easy. You should be able to find a lot of songs you know it there…

The other trick is to pick a band you like and just browse through a lot of there songs on Chordie or some other site. You can often find many three or four chord songs (and then transpose them into an easy ukulele key).

For harder songs, if you can read music, I find a fake book with real lead sheets* to be invaluable. I struggle with Rhythm. A lot. I often have a lot of trouble playing from simple lyric / chord sheets if the songs is even slightly rhythmically complex (and for me, even plain boring rock syncopations are complex…). However, when I have the melody line written out explicitly and the chords place above the correct beats I can usually make a lot more progress.

* When I say "real lead sheets" I mean lead sheets that include a traditionally notated melody line with chords above.

YoungBP
07-29-2009, 08:48 PM
Thank all this really helped :D

SeanKy671
07-29-2009, 11:11 PM
With practice I think you might be able to master Elephant Town pretty quickly. It is a classic.

I don't know how to put a UU link on here yet, but if you search for it you'll find it.

I'll have to say Sukie that elephant town is a little tough.
Not a good choice for beginners in my opinion, but who's to stop anyone from trying..
It took me months to get down that strumming pattern

Anyway
I think easy songs are
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" haha (cheesy but easy)
simple chords G C G D repeatedly

Also
"Drop Baby Drop" / "Honey Baby"
Also simple chords A Bm C#m E7 <- not as complicated as it looks

These are the most easiest songs in my opinion
I think they were also my first ukulele songs I ever learned

but something you MUST see is this
I recommend it to any beginner or even uke player period.
http://www.sheep-entertainment.nl/ukulele/index.html

Melissa82
07-30-2009, 03:03 AM
It is always easier to learn to play songs you already know well. Finding songs with simple chord progressions and simple rhythms can be challenging though.

Two tricks I find useful: Rise Up Singing (http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Up-Singing-Group-Songbook/dp/0962670472) has tons of songs, most with simplified chord progressions that make them easy to play. Takes a little time to learn to read their chordlines, but once you do it is super easy. You should be able to find a lot of songs you know it there…

The other trick is to pick a band you like and just browse through a lot of there songs on Chordie or some other site. You can often find many three or four chord songs (and then transpose them into an easy ukulele key).

For harder songs, if you can read music, I find a fake book with real lead sheets* to be invaluable. I struggle with Rhythm. A lot. I often have a lot of trouble playing from simple lyric / chord sheets if the songs is even slightly rhythmically complex (and for me, even plain boring rock syncopations are complex…). However, when I have the melody line written out explicitly and the chords place above the correct beats I can usually make a lot more progress.

* When I say "real lead sheets" I mean lead sheets that include a traditionally notated melody line with chords above.You really are all about promoting that book, eh? :p I mighty just have to pick it up.

I struggle with rhythm as well, especially when I don't know the song so lead sheets are a wonderful thing for me (I can read a bit of music).

ihavenotea
07-30-2009, 05:43 AM
You really are all about promoting that book, eh? :p I mighty just have to pick it up.

I struggle with rhythm as well, especially when I don't know the song so lead sheets are a wonderful thing for me (I can read a bit of music).

Yeah… I should really set up the amazon kick-back thing for my links, eh?

I love that book is all… I first came across someone elses copy last year on a camping trip. I just sat there flipping pages singing various songs a'cappella. Ordered my own copy when I got home.

When I got my ukulele two months ago, I pulled it out and discovered that I could play a ton of songs in there. I just love that book and want to share.

PM me if you are interested and I will scan the index so you can get a feel for what is in there.