Three chord songs for ukulele and guitar

“What? I just need to know three chords to play a song?”

“Actually, you can play ‘Frere Jacques’ with just one chord. There are many songs with only two chords. I have identified at least thirty of these.”

I tell my ukulele students that 80% of all songs use only 20% of all chords. I apply the 80-20 rule to many situations, often to help with management of expectations.

So far I have collected over 60 songs that use only C, F, and G or G7 chords. My list of three chord songs that use three other chords, such as Riptide (Am, G, C), is nearly as long. This is wonderful news for beginners.

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From guitar to ukulele: chord shape thinking

Ukulele is much easier to learn than other musical instruments. If you already play the guitar, it’s even easier.

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Yankee Doodle for easy piano

Beginners want to learn a complete piece quickly and have fun with it. Yankee Doodle is such a piece for easy piano. There are many things you can do with it.

One of the earliest songs a beginner can learn to play on the piano is the sticky tune of “Yankee Doodle.”

The easiest way is to use both hands to split up the melody, starting with the right hand.

Next is to let the right hand play the melody and the left hand do very simple bass or interval accompaniment.

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