Here’s our ukulele lesson on The Lion Sleeps Tonight. It’s great for beginners because you’ll need just three chords! And it is a fun song, too. Many became familiar with the song from Disney’s “The Lion King” movie released in 1994.
First, download the sheet music for the song here.
Ukulele Lesson on The Lion Sleeps Tonight
I am teaching The Lion Sleeps Tonight at school. It is a great song for learning three chords and strum #3. The three chords are C, F and G7. You always play the chords in this order until the song is done. You play each chord for one measure:
C F C G7
Strum #3 works great with this song, because it fits the lyrics: “a-wim-o-weh, a wim-o-weh, a-wim-o-weh, a wim-o-weh.” It’s relatively easy to get that rhythm, because the song is familiar. If not, feel free to use strum #1 (all downs) until you get it. I use red words for the C chord, blue words for the F chord, and green words for the G7 chord. Enjoy!
Here are a couple of videos to help you learn this song.