C main and G main
After we first begin taking part in our ukulele it is not uncommon to study only a couple chords, and often these first two chords are C and G. On this article we’re going to present some nice examples of songs you may play with a restricted variety of chords. That method from the very starting you’ve gotten one thing to point out for every step in your ukulele journey!
We’re going to stick with one of many widespread keys and on this case the Key of C. Most new ukulele gamers instantly study C main and G main so let’s discover some music that may be performed with simply these two chords. In western music the simplest and greatest sounding interval is the foundation and the fifth, that’s why it’s so easy to jot down songs utilizing solely the chords C main (root) and G main (fifth). Most two chord songs of the foundation and fifth are going to be within the folks, gospel, and nation style, however we’ve just a few that match within the fashionable rock class!
Skip to My Lou (chords)
This track dates all the way in which again to the 1840’s, so whereas it might be a easy kids’s track we’ve to provide it some respect for such endurance. It switches backwards and forwards fairly merely between C and G with out a lot fuss and is a superb newcomers track.
Mary Had a Little Lamb (chords)
As talked about earlier than, most songs that solely have these two chords of C and G will usually be child’s songs or folks songs. Nonetheless, it’s at all times good to know these actually easy tunes like Mary had a Little Lamb since you by no means know when you should have a younger viewers that may need to hear a well-recognized tune! Mary Had a Little Lamb can at all times be jazzed up just a little, similar to they do on Sesame Avenue! Ha!
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (chords)
Hank Williams, who wrote Jambalaya again in 1952 (effectively he most definitely co-wrote it based mostly off an previous Cajun melody), could have performed it on a guitar, however it sounds nice on the ukulele. That is one other easy two chord melody that works with a primary uke strum. Typically when taking part in easy two chord songs we need to add just a little spice with some fingerpicking since we don’t have an excessive amount of occurring musically. Upon getting the essential melody and track down, experiment just a little!
Down within the Valley (chords)
It is a folks nation track from the 1920’s also called “Birmingham Jail.” Should you look this track up you will notice some have it chorded with solely C and G, whereas others use G7. Many folks songs which have two chords will typically use the seventh, if you happen to haven’t discovered G7 but that’s positive as you may nonetheless play the track, however you might come throughout this seventh once more with two chord songs so hold an eye fixed out. As a newbie it’s often okay to play simply the G main, however hey it doesn’t damage to study it now! (The hyperlink above is for a guitar, many ukulele tabs of this track are within the Key of F and or G and whereas it’s positive to play it that method, our aim is to stay with the chords C and G).
He’s Received the Entire World in His Fingers (chords – substitute G7 with G)
Right here is one other nice instance of the G7 getting used on this previous time American non secular. Nonetheless, it’s positive to play G main within the place of the G7. It is going to nonetheless sound okay and your viewers won’t ever know the distinction!
Give Peace a Likelihood (chords)
Even the superb and proficient Beatle John Lennon wrote his share of actually easy songs. Give Peace a Likelihood makes a fantastic campfire track, particularly for the refrain. This track was written by John throughout his well-known Mattress-In with Yoko… sarcastically like taking part in this track, peace is actually not difficult!
Achy Breaky Coronary heart (chords)
For many who grew up within the early 90’s, you most likely needed to scream after listening to this track performed 1,000,000 instances! It wasn’t written by Billy Ray Cyrus, however he positive made it common. Regardless of it being performed a lot to usually again then it’s truly a fantastic track for starting ukulele gamers.
Banana Boat Track (chords – transpose -2)
This 50’s track had an enormous comeback after the film Beetlejuice, it’s a conventional Jamaican folks track made common by Harry Belafonte. Whereas this track is just C main and G main like the remainder on this record, the important thing to taking part in it’s to get the strum proper. Jamaican and reggae sort songs usually have an emphasis on the two and four beat, so strum with a percussive sort impact on these beats as you play the Banana Boat Track. Additionally go away some house within the strumming when vital, like within the first line hit that C chord as soon as and solely sing till the following Day-O… you’ll get the texture for it!
On a regular basis Individuals (chords)
Sly and the Household Stone has at all times been one in all my favourite bands, and their track On a regular basis Individuals matches our two chords of C and G completely. Now we’re breaking a rule right here, the linked tabs are literally within the Key of G, however this track makes use of C and G and isn’t a foul ukulele track.
It is very important notice than many of those tunes above might be discovered on quite a few tab websites and in a wide range of keys. As you study to play ukulele you can find tons of data on the market, some good tabs and chords, and a few dangerous. Its as much as you to make use of your ear to discern what does and doesn’t work. The principle aim with exhibiting a wide range of two chord songs is to point out you that studying to play ukulele is just not troublesome, with just a little musical data it is possible for you to to play many songs!