Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Favorite Pop Songs for Ukulele: C, F, & G Edition


Oh my goodness! It's been so long since I've blogged!  I apologize for the absence as I am in the middle of blog redesign.  I'm hopeful that we'll be releasing the new blog redesign at the start of the new year!

With all of that said, I really want to talk ukulele today.  I love teaching and playing ukulele.  I've been teaching ukulele in my classroom for many years.  Several years ago, I created a resource based on folk tunes commonly taught in the music room called Sing & Strum.  It's great for introducing chords slowly and systemically.  My kids love "singing & strumming" along to classroom favorites.  
The trouble is - what happens when your older students want and need a song a bit more to their liking while still working through the basics?

The answer?  Favorite Pop Tunes for Ukulele:  C, F, G Edition.

Best Day of My Life by American Authors
This song is primarily C and F featuring a Dm chord.  When I teach it, I simply have my students leave the Dm out.  My high students will quickly figure out it's F with one more finger and add it, but for everyone else, we just leave it alone.

Surfin' USA by The Beach Boys

Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan


Love Me Do by The Beatles


Do You Love Me by The Dave Clark 5

La Bomba by Ritchie Valens


The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves


Do you have a favorite C, F, G Pop Song that you use in your classes?  Leave me a comment below with your favorite go-to songs!


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