Are you looking for a sequential curriculum for the ukulele that starts with easy chords? This is it! There are easy-to-play single-chord play alongs to popular songs, then on to two-chord songs and more.
Chords on this page: C, C7, Dm, F, Am
- Single chord play-alongs for C7, C, Am, and F—Lime in the Coconut, Ten in a Bed, Just for Me, The Beat Goes On, Make New Friends
- Two-chord songs: Just for Me (C/Am)— Dream Baby & Deep In the Heart of Texas (F/C7), Iko Iko (F/C), Buckle My Shoe (F, C7)
- Three-chord songs
- (C/F/Am)—Best Day of My Life, Thunder, Good to Be alive, Sunflower, Senorita
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How I Tuned
I quickly tuned every morning. I’d use a tuner for the first few then do the next few by ear, then grab the tuner to make sure I’m on track, etc. The more you tune the faster and more accurate you get.
Then I’d play GCEA for the kids at the start of every class and if they thought something was off, they’d raise their hands and I’d come to them and either switch out their uke for the one I had with me or tune the one they were playing.
It was fast and simple. The only time I let kids tune was at a school where we had a string program. I let the middle school kids do some tuning.
Ukulele History, Parts, Tuning
C7, C, Am, and F SINGLE-chord songs
Play along to the island breeze!
Backing Track on C chord
Ten in a Bed-C Chord
Chord Order Idea: teach the F chord next (below) so that all students need to do for Am is lift their index finger.
Am Backing Track
Just for Me
Just had to throw this 2-chord song in the 1-chord section since we know C and Am!!!
Backing Track on F chord
Tutorial-Easy change from F to C7
F chord “rocks” DOWN to C7.
C7 chord “rocks” UP to F.
Buckle My Shoe
Deep In the Heart of Texas (Coming Back Soon)
Iko Iko with F and C chords
Here’s a 2-chord F and C7 resource presentation unit with Orff arrangement based on One Bottle of Pop round! Fun!
Best Day of My Life
Thunder-C, F, Am
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Good to Be Alive-C, F, Am
Sunflower-C, F, Am
Senorita-C, F, Am
Unstoppable by The Score
There’s a Dm in here but YOU CAN DO IT! Dm is just F with one more finger!!!
Ukulele songs make GREAT concert selections. This Concert How-To Checklist has lots of tips to help.
Your next ukulele page: Ukulele-G7
You’ll find a G7 how-to and songs with C/G7
- C/G7 songs: La Cucaracha, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Hush Little Baby, Iko Iko