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Thread: Beginner songs that utilize C F G7 chords?

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    Default Beginner songs that utilize C F G7 chords?

    Hi everyone!

    I'm very new here...just posted my introduction over in that area if you'd like to know more about me. I'm really loving this site and the forums especially and thought I'd finally stop lurking and join up so I could ask a couple of questions and hopefully be a participating member as I start my ukulele journey.

    As I said in my introduction post, I have absolutely no string instrument background, so picking up the ukulele has been quite an experience! I'm loving it, but I'm also kind of lost a lot of the time. The fact that I have basically zero musical instrument background makes things a little difficult, but it's also fun. When something starts to sound almost right it's a serious breakthrough!

    Anyway, I have one question that I really am hoping that people here might be able to answer. In a lot of the intro and beginner sites and pages, they teach you to play the C F and G7 chords and maybe a song (ie Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) and then say something to the effect of "with just learning those three chords, you can play hundreds of songs!" But then they don't really show any other examples. I've been looking through lots of sites online and it has been difficult to find examples of songs utilizing those chords (or maybe I'm just not looking in the right place).

    I'd like to keep practicing with those chords and maybe add in one other here and there on songs just until I get comfortable with finger placements, strumming, etc. and not have to keep resorting to Twinkle Twinkle and the like. Is there a site that sorts songs by difficulty or by chords? Or maybe that lets you search by chords utilized? Or does anyone have a good list of songs that use those three chords (and maybe adds one additional)?

    I'm sorry if this has been asked often. I tried searching and tried going back a few pages and didn't see anything. If there is a link to a previous thread on the subject, that would be great too.

    Thanks!

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    Try Twist 'N Shout by the Beatles.

    C / F / G7 ///

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbocx View Post
    Try Twist 'N Shout by the Beatles.

    C / F / G7 ///
    I love it, thanks!

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    Check out some beginners books at Musicguymike's or on Amazon. Most Ukulele beginner books use the basic three chords C, F and G7 as they are the easiest to learn.

    Good Luck
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    my kids' favorite song for a long time, was "on top of Spaghetttttiiiiii, all covered with cheese." I think it starts C-F-C-G7-C

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    Here's 62 two chord songs.
    you can use F and C7 or C and G7 or G and D7. If you don't know the tunes, look them up on youtube. Great practice songs for beginners.
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    Three chord songs, G, C, and D.

    all shook up
    all together now
    barbara ann
    ballad of john and yoko
    be bop a lula
    bye bye love
    carry that weight
    chantilly lace
    do wah diddy diddy
    hound dog
    give peace a chance
    donna
    409
    get back
    gloria
    great balls of fire
    hang on sloopy
    hanky panky
    i fought the law
    kansas city
    la bamba
    long tall sally
    love me do
    paperback writer
    rock around the clock
    rock this town
    see see rider
    rockin' robin
    save the last dance
    see you later alligator
    shake rattle and roll
    spanish harlem
    stir it up
    stuck on you
    surfin usa
    the twist
    twist and shout
    we can work it out
    wooly bully
    yakety yak
    when will i be loved
    mellow yellow
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    Do you know about chordie.com? Most of the above songs you can find there.
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    Yes Sir Thats my Baby, C, G, G7, C7, F

    and here's the chordie site for you to bookmark huge # of songs that will send you mad eventually ......hint most songs on here will print out with the ukulele chord pics, look left hand side to change from guitar to uke C tuning

    And also give Ring of Fire a whirl, 3 chords C, D, G, its a buzz when you can do the "ring of fire" chorus at speed, but not difficult, and a hint for the D chord, the end of your finger will be over the edge of the fretboard, try and get a feeling for where that point on your finger is, make a mental note, it makes it quicker I think to memorize the chord shape/spot in your brain.

    Happy strumming, I'm not much down the road from you and with no musical background either!!

    Cheers, Tony

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    learn "island style". great hawaiian song and only uses c, g7, f, and c7 chords
    Kani ke ō, he ihona pali
    Jason - the 'ukulele playing bassoonist punk!!

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    EleUke Cutaway Jazz Concert 電弦 dengen
    1968ish Beltone Soprano 旧弦 kyuugen
    1950ish Dixie Banjo Uke 芋弦 imogen
    Makala Dolphin Red burst 赤弦 akagen --my son's uke

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