Learning to play a Ukulele is tough. You have to worry about changing between chords, you have to worry about strumming, all while staying in time. We can help.
This article has eight easy two chord ukulele songs for you to gain confidence with. Several of these songs are extremely famous, or have been covered by legendary artists.
It is a huge advantage to start with simple songs while you learn to play Ukulele. Learning Uke can be frustrating, so it's great to actually play right off the bat.
Now, some of these chords are a bit more difficult than your normal basic chords many teachers will start with.
Many of these songs include 7th chords, which are variations of your major chords.
For instance, Clementine, and several other songs, include a D7 chord, which is the 7th for the D major chord. The 7th chord of D actually requires you to hold down one less fret than the major, so in this case it's slightly easier to play.
D Major Chord
Most of the 7th chords won't be taught right away by many Ukulele teachers or in online lessons, but they are easy enough that they can be played from the start.
If you don't want to learn the 7th chords at first that is fine, it will slightly change the sound but many people won't hear the difference. Or, to spice up the tune a little try playing the major chord during the chorus and the 7th the rest of the time!
We tried to make this list as easy as possible to play. In fact, five of the eight songs are played using only a G major and the D7 chords.
In this video the teacher uses the C major and G7 chords to play this tune. We've seen it played either way but slightly prefer the G and D7 mix. Another interesting piece to this song is that it's in 3/4 time, making it a fun variation from the 4/4 time that so many songs are written in.
Down in the Valley is another C major and G7 song, and it also just happens to be another in waltz (3/4) time. This teacher does a great job with a slow, detailed explanation.
Very simple and short explanation of how to play "Skip to my Lou", this can be a fun song to start with because everyone knows it!
We struggled to find a simple version of this song on instruction, but this video is fairly close. He plays the introduction in a C major, G major arrangement that is perfect to carry through the song.
One of our personal favorites (especially Johnny Cash's cover) The Streets of Laredo is a great beginner song. To keep it simple when the video switches to a B flat chord stay with the F for a bar. Also, keep the strumming simple to start and work up to the finger=picking arrangement you see here!
This is a song that you can simplify for beginners and make it much tougher as you advance. The video shows a very odd D 6/9 chord (which you'll never use again), sub that out for a standard D chord to start. Another tip is to start with a basic down strum and work into the rhythm he plays. Lastly, add the mute for a great sound with only two chords!
This goofy song by Billy Ray Cyrus translates to Ukulele quite nicely. A fun one for around the campfire,
Who doesn't know this song? "Day-Oooooo. Daylight come and me wanna go home". This is a great way to wrap up our list... a simple, fun, and popular song that really shines on the Ukulele.
Hope you enjoyed the list and you're already playing a few of the songs!