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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple Man

My introduction to this song was not the Lynyrd Skynyrd version. I first heard it on a CD that Kerrang! magazine put together called High Voltage – A Brief History of Rock. Loads of bands did cover versions of some classic rock tunes. One of them happened to be Simple Man performed by Deftones. The …

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Paramore – Hard Times

I would say the album that this song is from is my favourite Paramore album. It was a gigantic leap from their early punk/emo days but its one I’m happy they made. The songs just seem so much more refined and better crafted. Let’s learn to play Hard Times on the ukulele. What Are We …

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Feist – Mushaboom

Feist is known for her humongous hit 1,2,3,4 that seemed to penetrate radio stations in the mid-00s. She also had a lot of success with Mushaboom that equally dominated tv shows and adverts. You may not know the artist but you will undoubtedly recognise the song. Let’s learn to play it on the ukulele. What …

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Stevie Wonder – Superstition

You really begin to appreciate Stevie Wonders musical output when you learn that this song came from his fifteenth album. At that point in time, he hadn’t even released Songs In The Key Of Life yet either. Arguably one of the finest albums from the 70s. The killer riff is instantly recognisable so let’s learn …

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Klaxons – Golden Skans

These guys arrived to the music scene at just the right time for me. I had freshly turned 18 so going out on a Saturday night with my mates was my only concern. This tune would be rinsed like mad in the clubs and I didn’t mind one bit. Let’s learn to play Golden Skans …

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Slayer – South Of Heaven

For me this seems to be most ukulele-esque Slayer song. I mean, we could probably try and learn to play Reign In Blood but does anybody even enjoy moving their fingers that fast. Im using a low G for this but it stills sounds reasonable with a high G too. What Are We Learning To …

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Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Easily one of the most recognisable piano intros and arguably one of the best songs to come out of the 70s. I had probably heard it before in the background somewhere, but this song really touched me when I saw it on the Almost Famous film. There’s a scene where the band is cruising through …

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Phantom Planet – California

One of my unusual obsessions as a teen was The OC. When your a teen growing up in the grim north of England, the sun and beaches of California are somewhat appealing. It also had a killer theme tune. Let’s learn to play Phantom Planets one-hit-wonder California on the ukulele. What Are We Learning To …

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Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie

I’m one of those people that can’t help but say “Shakira, Shakira” whenever her name is mentioned. Much like I would whenever somebody says Jason Derulo, you know what I’m talking about 🤣. The intro to Hips Don’t Lie is funky as so let’s learn to play it on the ukulele. What Are We Learning …

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Led Zeppelin – Kashmir

Interestingly, this song has nothing to do with Kashmir in India at all. Led Zep frontman Robert Plant wrote it while driving on what he described as a “never ending road” in Morocco. Imagine that, back when rockstars didn’t have smart phones to indulge them on these long tour journeys. Let’s learn to play it …

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Blondie – One Way Or Another

My first introduction to Blondie was during their second wave when they released Maria in 1999. It reached the number one spot in the UK charts, a position they hadn’t occupied in almost 2 decades. It wasn’t until my teen years that I delved into blondie some more and I discovered them to be one …

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Fat Boy Slim – Praise You

There may be about 5 songs in the world that instantly put a smile on my face and can change my mood. This generational anthem is undoubtedly one of them. Maybe it’s due to me being 9 years old when it was released, the boulders of real-life hadn’t found their way onto my shoulders yet. …

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Weezer – Say It Aint So

One of my favourite Weezer licks and it sounds borderline perfect on the ukulele. What Are We Learning To Play? Below is a video of what you will be able to play by the end of this post. Ukulele Tabs This is a fantastic song to learn as we are incorporating lots of different techniques. …

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America – Ventura Highway

I’m not sure where and when I first heard this song but I know it was around the time I started learning to play the guitar. My ears immediately started twitching when I heard that wonderful dual harmonising guitar lick. I pretty much sprinted to my acoustic. Let’s learn to play it on the ukulele. …

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Korn – Falling Away From Me

I was somewhat of a later bloomer to KoRn. They were absolutely getting listened to in my circle of friends but I never gravitated towards them. It wasn’t until I was able to see them live that I really started to appreciate them. They create some serious energy at their shows and goddammit they are …

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Pulp Fiction – Misirolou

Whether you heard from the classic Tarantino flick Pulp Fiction or the foot-stomping Black Eyed Peas Pump It. There’s no doubt about it, its an earworm of melody. Let’s learn to play the signature riff of Misirolou on the ukulele. What Are We Learning To Play? Below is a video of what you will be …

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Blink 182 – The Rock Show

I have always found Blink 182 lend themselves really well to the ukulele. When you strip away all the goofiness and silliness, they wrote some fantastic songs. That becomes very evident when you play them very minimally on just a four stringed ukulele. Let’s learn to play my favourite song of theirs, The Rock Show …

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Aretha Franklin – Respect

I love Soul music and absolutely nobody epitomised it as much as Aretha Franklin did.  Her astonishing run of hits from the late 60s earned her the title as The Queen Of Soul. Originally recorded by Otis Redding, Aretha and the producer rearranged the song and turned the lyrics to be from the perspective of …

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Metallica – One

The music video used to frighten the hell out of me. I thought the man in the bed was some kind of monster or beast like figure. Turns out it’s a war veteran/victim who just wants his pain and suffering to end. Another example of an extremely well crafted Metallica song. Let’s learn to play …

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Van Halen – Jump

This is one of those songs that I have always avoided as I just thought it would be so simple and naff on the ukulele. I was wrong. The harmonies on the opening lick are just so tasty and it works perfectly on the uke IMO. We have an open C note and if you …

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Kings Of Leon – The Bucket

Aha Shake Heartbreak simply solidifies the thoughts among many (myself included) that the Kings Of Leon are the best rock band to have come out of America for a long, long time. It’s chock-full of lively, driving songs, awash with Caleb’s Southern, twangy drawl, Nathan’s snappy and precise drumming and Matthew and Jared’s solid basslines …

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Bill Withers – Lovely Day

For a lot of the UK followers who are a similar age to me. They will have most likely first heard this song on the Tetley’s teabag advert 🤣. Bill Withers and a cup of tea in the morning is a winning combination so thank you Tetley’s for bringing it into my life. Let’s learn …

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Pantera – I’m Broken

Another song that I discovered from music television back in the day. Most of the music to this song was written while Pantera was hungover during a soundcheck. The lyrics were later added in the studio and they are about lead singer Phil Anselmo’s chronic back pain. What Are We Learning To Play? Below is …

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Incubus – Drive

Made famous by that super cool animated video in the late 90s which was actually animated by the band themselves. Its a chord progression but there’s some super unique chords involved. Let’s learn to play it on a ukulele. What Are We Learning To Play? Below is a video of what you will be able …

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The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

Grammy award-winning The Black Keys know how to write a good riff, there’s no question about it. One of my favourites is Gold On The Ceiling, a thunderous foot-stomper that’s begging to be played. Let’s learn to play it on the ukulele. What Are We Learning To Play? Below is a video of what you …

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Khruangbin – Texas Sun

I have Instagram to thank for introducing me to this song. I asked for suggestions of what to play and this came up. I’m glad somebody did as its such a vibe. I love the guitar work and it translates really well to four strings. Let’s learn to play Texas Sun on the ukulele. What …

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Cam – Burning House

Another song that I had never heard until somebody on here suggested it to me. I jumped over to YouTube and see it got 50,000,000 views. I press play and I’m exposed to one of the most beautiful acoustic guitar riffs I have ever heard. It sounds equally good on the ukulele too so let’s …

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Bloc Party – Banquet

I recently discovered an old playlist called “Indie Stuff 2005”. Man, what a decent era in UK music. Guitar bands owned the charts and sublime debut albums like Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm were coming out left, right and centre. Banquet is a certified banger. What Are We Learning To Play? Below is a video of …

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Blind Melon – No Rain

It’s quite sad listening to this song sometimes. It sounds so happy but the lyrics are written by somebody so desperately clinging on for life due to their severe depression. One so strong that they would later end their life. It’s so bizarre that it has gone on to become one of those “feel good”songs …

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The Beatles – Day Tripper

The most iconic Beatles riff of all time? Theres a strong argument for it. Its fairly straight forward to play but there is a little bit of hand twisting to get it right. Every finger on the fretting hand is been used, its spread across three strings and its rather nippy. So I wouldn’t call …

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Blink 182 – I Miss You

I have said it before and I will say it again. Blink-182 don’t get enough credit for their songwriting. When you strip away all the humour and silliness, you are left with some phenomenal compositions, melodies and harmonies. I Miss You is the perfect example of that. Let’s learn to play it on the ukulele. …

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OMC – How Bizarre

I couldn’t have been happier to see this monster of a song be introduced to a whole new generation of people over on TikTok recently. I wouldn’t have even been in double digits when it was released in the 90s but that guitar intro has stayed in my head ever since. Let’s learn to play …

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The Basics

In this section, we will cover everything you need to know about starting to play the ukulele.