Are you new to playing the ukulele but want to learn to play a Beatles song? Then you’re in the perfect place! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best Beatles songs to play on the ukulele if you’re a beginner.
In Spite of All the Danger
This is a great song to start off with when learning to play the ukulele. As a lot of strumming tends to be in a downward motion when you first start playing the ukulele, adding some “up” strumming every now and then will create a gentler sound. Being able to accent a song with softer notes is a good skill to have when playing the ukulele.
This song seems to have been written with ukulele players in mind, as it encompasses all that’s playing the ukulele is meant to be. “Act Naturally” itself has a folk-like relaxation to it.
Let it Be
“Let it Be” uses a common grouping of chords often found in contemporary music, making it a good staple song to get the hang of. Once you’ve learned the chords to this song, you’ll be able to experiment with your artistic expression. Change of the speed or rhythms to make it your own song and try out different sounds that may be better suited for your singing voice.
A lighthearted song that’s very appropriate for the ukulele, “Obla-di, Obla-da” uses the chunking technique, which refers to muting your strings to create a percussive sound. To do this, rest the base of your palm on the bridge of the strings. Then strum lower on the ukulele for a dampened sound, or else the chords will sound too sharp. Lastly, curl your fingers inward towards the strings, strum and you should hear an evenly muted sound.
Practicing “Octopus’s Garden” will allow you to learn how to change between chords more quickly. While practicing, think about the shape of the upcoming chord before it’s time to switch, as this will mentally prepare your hands to move into the next position. If you’re having trouble, try saying the chord out loud on the beat as you’re placing your fingers.
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
A tribute to Bob Dylan, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” is a great song if you want to play something that sounds similar to folk music. By tapping your foot to the song, you’ll find you’re doing so in groups of two or four while putting emphasis on the first tap. However, folk music tends to offer groupings of three.
We Can Work it Out
The perfect cumulative piece, “We Can Work it Out” combines several key concepts from the other songs we’ve already discussed. If you can successfully play this song then congratulations! You’ve moved onto becoming an intermediate ukulele player.
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