Amazing Grace for Ukulele

Here’s a video lesson on one of the all time great American spiritual songs.

Amazing Grace uses these five chords.

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Click to download ukulele tab for the melody of Amazing Grace :  Amazing Grace

If you love this song, check out Easy Ukulele Songs: Five with Five Chords. 

You’ll learn “Amazing Grace” plus four other great ukulele standards.

How to Convert Guitar to Ukulele Chords

Q: How do you convert guitar chords into ukulele chords?

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Jenny Peters playing ukulele with her son Josh on the guitar.

The easiest way to play ukulele chords on a guitar is to put a capo on the fifth fret of the guitar and then play the ukulele chords on the first four strings of the guitar. Those four strings are tuned in the same intervals as the ukulele. You can think of the ukulele as a smaller and higher pitched younger cousin to the guitar.

A G chord on the guitar is a C chord on ukulele; a D7 on guitar is a G7 on ukulele and so on. Lots of guitar songs are in G Major and use the four chords G, Em, C and D7. These songs go over to ukulele really easily as a C, Am, F, G7 progression. The pitch of the ukulele fits my voice better, so I just use the same chord shapes on ukulele that I would use on guitar and I am ready to go.

If you are going the other way and are playing ukulele with guitar players, go online to get the ukulele tab for that song. You can download a lot of free ukulele tabs from our site on this page. After awhile, you’ll learn all the basic chords on ukulele, and be able to play with anyone.

Hope that helps!

4 Chords Open the Door to Modern Songs for 5th graders

My students are adept at four chords: C, F, G7 and A Minor. With these four chords, they can sight-read and jam songs like: The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Y.M.C.A., and Good Riddance: the Time of Your Life. They like singing songs from their own century and like jamming over a Band In a Box beat. Band and orchestra students join in, playing by ear. Students are learning life-long music skills and enjoying themselves at the same time
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Song list for Book 2

hula dancerI’ve been busy learning new software to get ready to release our new ukulele book. We are thinking of including 20 or so more songs, that are slightly more difficult than in our first book. We will include lesson videos, song accompaniments and lead sheets to aid in learning the songs. Here are some links to examples of this material. Let us know what you think; thanks in advance!

I’m also thinking of possible songs to include in Book 2. Here is a potential list. Please let us know what you think.

  • Aloha Oe
  • Amazing Grace
  • Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home
  • E Huli Makou
  • Heart and Soul
  • La Bamba
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,
  • The Drunken Sailor
  • Oh Susanna
  • Home on the Range
  • Happy Birthday
  • You are My Sunshine
  • Let It Snow
  • Lonely Blues

Etudes speed C to G7 change

Our new book 21 Songs in 6 Days:Learn Ukulele the Easy Way gives the learner several practical tips in learning new skills. One such skill is changing chords. And one of the most important changes to learn is from G7 to C 0
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The video shows Jenny teaching how to move the left hand fingers from the easy shape of the C chord to the more difficult shape of the G7 chord. Practice along with the video, so you can become skilled at this progression.