This Land Is Your Land Ukulele Tutorial

by | Jul 22, 2019 | Video lessons | 4 comments

This week, we’re featuring “This Land Is Your Land” ukulele tutorial. “This Land Is Your Land” is a very famous American folk song. Woody Guthrie composed the first version of the song in 1940. Accordingly, Guthrie wrote the song because of  “God Bless America.” Guthrie was exasperated and weary of hearing Irving Berlin’s composition on the radio. Actually, he initially entitled the 1940 version “God Blessed America.” However, Guthrie later replaced the line “God blessed America for me.” This became “This land was made for you and me.” Subsequently, he renamed the title as “This Land Is Your Land.”

By the way, you might want to check our easy ukulele tutorial for “God Bless America”. Or visit our blog main page for a list of more ukulele lessons. Also, subscribe here  to receive bi-weekly ukulele updates including sheet music. Sheet music contains ukulele chords, lyrics of the song, strumming pattern and melody tabs.



To play along with “This Land Is Your Land” ukulele tutorial, we’ll need five chords. “This Land Is Your Land” ukulele chords are all open chords, no bars: C, C7, F, Am and G7.

In addition, strumming pattern follows a D-U-D-U (D-down, U-up) repetition. But there are some cases where Jenny rests on strumming to give focus to the lyrics. And also to give the song more interest.




Although Guthrie composed hundreds of folk songs and ballads, many consider “This Land Is Your Land” as his most famous and influential song. The National Recording Preservation Board included “This Land Is Your Land” on the list of recordings to be preserved in the US National Recording Registry in 2002.

Many love the song for its powerful description of America’s beauty and promise. But many also consider it as a protest and political song. In fact, the original version of the song that Guthrie penned in 1940 expressed his sadness with the country’s economic inequality and apathetic greediness. When he recorded the song in 1944, however, he replaced several political verses in the song.

Woody Guthrie, singer, songwriter, dean of American folk artists in a 1947 publicity photo. (AP Photo/RCA Victor)

Nonetheless, the song’s influence, and Guthrie’s in general, cannot be disputed. “This Land Is Your Land” remains to be a revered American folk song. Some even claim it to be as popular as the national anthem. On the other hand, Guthrie influenced many generations of American singers and songwriters. To name a few, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen cited Guthrie as an inspiration.

Like other popular folk songs, “This Land Is Your Land” inspired numerous versions and variations. In fact, singers from many countries have recorded the song. They adapted the lyrics to their own language and national narrative.


Do you want to sound convincing on folk songs? You know basic chords and strumming patterns. And you’re interested in folk music. You’d like to take it to the next level.

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  1. Ada

    Love this song!

    • Lala

      Glad you love this song. Check out our other ukulele tutorials too. Happy strumming!

  2. Hazel

    I enjoyed the tutorial for This land is your land, would it be possible for you to send me the sheet music, please?

    • Lala - Customer Support

      Hi Hazel,

      We’re glad you’re enjoying the ukulele lessons. I sent the sheet music to your email address. Happy strumming!


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