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beginnerukeman143
10-31-2011, 01:18 PM
Hafa-Adai everyone! I was just wondering what the first song you guys learned on the 'ukulele! for me it was Love Bug by the Jonas Brothers :o

vanflynn
10-31-2011, 01:29 PM
Three chord version of "King of the Road" at Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary 3rd grade music, 1968.

Great thread.

arpie
10-31-2011, 01:46 PM
For me, it was 1969 & Little Brown Jug! Then a 40 year hiatus & now thousands of songs on the net!!
cheers
Roberta

Trinimon
10-31-2011, 01:49 PM
For me it was Bruddah IZ's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. :p

metricfuture
10-31-2011, 01:52 PM
Blue Moon of Kentucky

ghardy
10-31-2011, 01:54 PM
Here Comes The Sun :D

PoiDog
10-31-2011, 02:22 PM
The first song I learned was "Blitzkrieg Bop". The first song I could play through with no errors was "You Shook Me All Night Long".

Good times.

gyosh
10-31-2011, 02:24 PM
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is why I bought a uke!

Maxjunk
10-31-2011, 03:39 PM
You are my sunshine! :)

Steedy
10-31-2011, 03:55 PM
Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
10-31-2011, 04:15 PM
In seventh grade choir---which was really sitting in a semi-circle playing ukulele---we played Buffalo Gals. Still like it.

modern day ukuleleist
10-31-2011, 04:22 PM
Fluorescent Adolescent by The Arctic Monkeys

sugengshi
10-31-2011, 07:01 PM
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is why I bought a uke!

This is also my reason, but my first song was "Happy Birthday". It was so easy and I used it the next day in the party strumming along with others. :p

rook
10-31-2011, 07:12 PM
Great topic..."Ring of Fire" for me. I'm actually thinking of taking up the harmonica so I can play the horn section part too.

TCK
10-31-2011, 07:24 PM
Five foot two, eyes of blue and oh what those five feet could do, has anybody seen my gal?

beginnerukeman143
10-31-2011, 08:30 PM
Five foot two, eyes of blue and oh what those five feet could do, has anybody seen my gal?

haha that is a awesome song! that's one i should figure out!

Uncle Leroy
10-31-2011, 08:37 PM
"Something" by George Harrison, that was last October, now I have my own band.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Coconut-Telegraph/170220053068076

consitter
10-31-2011, 09:17 PM
'Amazing Grace'. My wife and I were in bed one night watching TV and I was quietly strumming. I all of a sudden figured out the chords. I proudly had her listen. After I was done, she smiled, said "That's pretty! What is it?" I had to sing along for her to recognize it. :D

MisterRios
10-31-2011, 09:36 PM
Five foot two, eyes of blue and oh what those five feet could do, has anybody seen my gal?

Same here- Took forever (a few weeks) to master that D7-G7 chord change...

drbekken
10-31-2011, 10:05 PM
I guess the first thing I learned on ukulele was some blues, when I was a teenager in the 1970s.

808boy
10-31-2011, 10:27 PM
1956, 4th grade....Crazy G.........all the kids in the neighborhood knew this one.
Umm, is my age showing?................................BO........ ............

darrendiablo
10-31-2011, 10:40 PM
lol all these good songs mentioned on here and i also only bought a uke for somewhere over the rainbow, still cant play that but my first sing +play was hey ya by outcast :)
daz

Hippie Dribble
10-31-2011, 10:41 PM
mine was Cat Stevens 'The First Cut Is the Deepest'. 3 chords, c, f and g. sweet sad song.

ukuleleforbeginners
10-31-2011, 10:42 PM
E Huli Makou

Colonel Uke
11-01-2011, 01:02 AM
Five foot two, eyes of blue

Pukulele Pete
11-01-2011, 01:27 AM
California Sun . I played along with GUGUG on YouTube.

mattydee
11-01-2011, 03:16 AM
With or Without You. U2.

roxhum
11-01-2011, 03:25 AM
Sloop John B

joeybug
11-01-2011, 04:09 AM
First "song" I learnt was "Shady Grove", first song I could play without having to stop to change chords? Amazing Grace!

ChrisRCovington
11-01-2011, 04:13 AM
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is why I got into the instrument but the first song I could really play was Kansas "Dust in the Wind." I also quickly learned "No Woman No Cry" by Bob Marley.

Best regards,
Chris :)

freackykit
11-01-2011, 04:43 AM
'Somewhere over the Rainnbow' quicky followed by 'Octopus' Garden' for a comp here which led me to UU

Chris

Mandarb
11-01-2011, 05:21 AM
You would think that it is fairly straight forward question and answer but I am not sure. I played songs at jams but I do not know that I really "learned" them. The first song that I feel I really "learned" was "House of the Rising Sun" when I was able to finally get down a fairly cool little fingerpicking pattern for the song.

darrendiablo
11-01-2011, 06:36 AM
hey mandarb i think getting the house of the rising sun picking was one of my proudest moments so far :)
daz

csibona
11-01-2011, 06:37 AM
Probably "Let it Be" by the Beatles - but it may have been "Island in the Sun" by Weezer following Aldrine's instructional video.

cantcook1
11-01-2011, 07:43 AM
Amazing Grace easy to play and i knew the words. Singing aweful lol

joejeweler
11-01-2011, 08:15 AM
Having had some years fooling with acoustic guitar,.....i chose the ukulelezaza version of "Magic Ukulele Waltz" , after he was so kind to provide a rough tab. The tab has "most" of it, but he adds some extras in the video which you can work on from there.

....might be a bit challenging as a first tune with no stringed instrument experience, however.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAcIGmVMTMs

musicmonsterw
11-01-2011, 08:18 AM
It's hard to remember which one I learned first -- probably something really simple like a children's song. The first song I ever performed with the ukulele was "All I Have to Do is Dream".

Manalishi
11-01-2011, 08:34 AM
Five Foot Two which is an ace Ukulele Song! Although
as a former guitarist,once I had learned the chord shapes
on a uke,I had all of the Beatles and Bob Dylan stuff that
I had played for years at my beck and call!

TheJoelasaurus
11-01-2011, 10:26 AM
5 Years Time by Noah and the Whale, how embarrassingly teenage of me... A simple 4 chorder but there's some chunking in there too!

ItsMrPitchy
11-01-2011, 11:04 AM
Same as above my first was five years time.

willisoften
11-01-2011, 12:36 PM
Same here- Took forever (a few weeks) to master that D7-G7 chord change...

I haven't posted before - but that was the song I wanted to learn first too (although the first was actually a 3 chord version of Oh When the Saints )
Please also note, your idea of forever seems identical to mine!

OldePhart
11-01-2011, 12:48 PM
Hafa-Adai everyone! I was just wondering what the first song you guys learned on the 'ukulele! for me it was Love Bug by the Jonas Brothers :o

I'll let you know after I've learned one... LOL

OldePhart
11-01-2011, 12:52 PM
'Amazing Grace'. My wife and I were in bed one night watching TV and I was quietly strumming. I all of a sudden figured out the chords. I proudly had her listen. After I was done, she smiled, said "That's pretty! What is it?" I had to sing along for her to recognize it. :D

That's not a reflection on your playing - a chord progression is not a song. Very few people will recognize even songs they know well just by the chord progression unless the song has a signature lick to it. In fact, many songs share basically the same chord progression - it's the melody (and lyrics, of course) that make a song recognizable.

John

PhilUSAFRet
11-01-2011, 01:07 PM
Yes Sir, That's my Baby.....when my dad gave me my first uke at age 10 (I'm 70)

musicmonsterw
11-01-2011, 01:11 PM
I'll let you know after I've learned one... LOL

You mean you faked it through the collab.?

chris3794
11-01-2011, 01:33 PM
Crazy G - the reason I picked up the uke after a five year no-uke period of my life.

Dat1Guy
11-01-2011, 05:58 PM
Why don't we do it in the road

ukuhippo
11-01-2011, 10:34 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fU5yQG-Vx0

Don't know if it was a good choice, but that's what I learned first, I had big problem coordinating both my thumb and other fingers working beside each other.

ukuleleforbeginners
11-01-2011, 10:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fU5yQG-Vx0

Don't know if it was a good choice, but that's what I learned first, I had big problem coordinating both my thumb and other fingers working beside each other.

Very nice. Is that you in the video?

ukuhippo
11-01-2011, 11:12 PM
No, that's SaddleSoreSista1, she also put a tutorial on for this song.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7InboqRn0Rw


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMxlIKr5RHk


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7LtGpxZ8C8

ukuleledaveey
11-02-2011, 01:57 AM
"Tom Dooley" was the first song I learnt this January when I took up the greatest,most underated instrument in the world,
tried to play bad leroy brown at our uke club on monday night and came crashing down, lol, at home i can play it fairl well for a newbie, but with all those eyes on me i just lost it :)

Mandarb
11-02-2011, 03:01 AM
hey mandarb i think getting the house of the rising sun picking was one of my proudest moments so far :)
daz

Same for me.

zenxten
11-02-2011, 08:57 AM
I bought my first uke on a whim while on vacation in Hawaii. While I was sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home I pulled it out and started messing around. I learned G, C, Em, and D from the tiny chord book it came with and started playing Good Riddence (Time of Your Life) by Green Day. Some guy gave me a dollar and I folded it up and stuck it between the strings and the headstock. It's been there for eight years now.

OldePhart
11-02-2011, 10:36 AM
You mean you faked it through the collab.?
Oh, no, I've been found out! :)

musicmonsterw
11-02-2011, 11:16 AM
Oh, no, I've been found out! :)

That's it! Next time, I will be inspecting you carefully. :)

sunstrummer
11-02-2011, 11:30 AM
"Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World"

ukuleledaveey
11-02-2011, 11:40 AM
I bought my first uke on a whim while on vacation in Hawaii. While I was sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home I pulled it out and started messing around. I learned G, C, Em, and D from the tiny chord book it came with and started playing Good Riddence (Time of Your Life) by Green Day. Some guy gave me a dollar and I folded it up and stuck it between the strings and the headstock. It's been there for eight years now.

love it :)

butterfingersbeck
11-02-2011, 12:41 PM
I could already play rhythm guitar when I bought my uke. The first thing I played on my uke was "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" by Buzzcocks. Shortly afterwards I did a multitrack recording of it with ukulele, drum machine, electric double-bass and Stylophone.

Here it is (http://www.alphabeck.co.uk/music/buzzcocks.mp3)

ukuleleforbeginners
11-02-2011, 02:34 PM
"Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World"

I love this song. It's one of the reasons I started playing.

FPK
11-02-2011, 03:15 PM
REally?! You play bluegrass uke!! How cool (if this is true)!! Here in CT., every last friday of each month there is a great Jam and a old hippies house--I've tried to come in with my uke, and it doesn't work. When you play with a couple martin dreadoughts and banjos, the ukulele does live up to its name as a flea.

As people have said, great thread!

Will

BTW: the first song I truly learned was my own version of While my Guitar Gently weeps--I didn't know chords back then.....

Lalz
11-02-2011, 07:08 PM
Beirut - "Postcard from Italy"
There's some very good tutorials for this song on youtube!