3 Awesome Songs That You Can Play On Electric Ukulele

Electric ukuleles are just as versatile and just as worthwhile to play with as a regular ukuleles. In fact, you can play just the same number of songs an electric ukulele, and it would sound just as awesome.

Top Song Choices

If you have purchased an electric type of ukulele for the first time and you are thinking of which song to first play on it, you should know that you have a lot of options to choose from. However, if you really want to brighten someone’s day, here are just some awesome songs you can play on an electric type of ukulele. Take note, however, that some of them will take some time for you to learn:

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons:

This song is the most recently released song in this list.  Although you might think that this is not a song that can actually be played on an electric model, you are mistaken! This great song is very playable and is relatively easier to master than any other song of its genre.

Sweet Child O Mine – Guns N’ Roses:

This, along with many awesome songs of the rock genre that can be played in an electric ukulele, can be difficult to play if you are a beginner. Typically, someone who has had an experience in playing ukuleles before would take four to five practice attempts before they are able to actually play the song. If you are a beginner, you might practice it more times than that, especially given that it the tab can be tricky.

Hotel California – Eagles:

This is a difficult song to play on a ukulele but is just as good as any other song of its genre once you actually get to play it on your own. Just like “Sweet Child O Mine,” the thing that makes this song difficult is its composition, so you might take some time as well in mastering this great song.

More for Your Repertoire

Here are some other (bonus) awesome songs you can also play on the ukulele:

Give Me a Kiss To Build A Dream On – Louis Armstrong:

This song can be difficult to pull off if you are a beginner. However, if you try transposing this to the key of C, it would be much easier to play. What is great about this song is that once you have mastered playing it, all the worries that you have had, as well as all the difficulties that you have encountered while you are learning how to play this song will simply melt away. The things to look out for in this song would be the diminished and the major 7th chords, which are necessary to get to the other chords as the song progresses.

My Girl – The Temptations:

What better way to cheer someone up than by playing a song about having “sunshine on a cloudy day”? This song will not only cheer up anybody from having a bad day, but the song is pretty easy to learn to play as well. Since the song only has C, Dm, F, and G, it would not take that long for you to actually master. Another great thing about is song is that it contains one of the best solo lines of any song.

 

Four Popular Ukulele Songs Which Every Uke Lover Want To Play

For some people, every song sounds better when it is played with a ukulele. Players of this kind of instrument never run out of songs to play on the ukulele, especially since almost every song on earth already available with uke chords. However, some songs stand out among the rest. Whether you are only a beginner when it comes to uke-playing or already an expert, these four popular ukulele songs might also be in your list of songs to play. Learning the chords to these songs is easy with the abundance of chord references in the Internet and YouTube tutorials.

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole-Somewhere over the Rainbow

Probably the most popular song to play on the uke is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s ukulele version of this song is the best version there is. Israel, being a Hawaiian entertainer, was one of the people who popularized this kind of music. It just comes natural to BruddahIz, as he was popularly known, to play the instrument on the serene beaches of Hawaii. One of the most watched uke videos on YouTube is BruddahIz’s heart-warming performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played over a clip of his funeral.

The Beatles-Hey Jude

For those who are into the classics, one of the songs every uke lover wants to play is the Beatle’s “Hey Jude.”  This song has great lyrics and its tune is very catchy no matter what instrument it is played on. Playing this on the ukulele just makes the song sound even cooler. Every uke player wants to learn how to strum and pluck the chords to this great song.  Who would want to get to play this Grammy Hall of Famer. The Beatles’ music sounds will definitely never grow old.

Ray Charles- Hit the Road Jack

Another Grammy Hall of Famer on the list of popular ukulele songs is “Hit the Road Jack!” This is for those who are more into the R&B genre. It was popularized by the great legend, Ray Charles.This song that gave birth to the rock and roll genre has a unique tune to it that makes listeners want to sing and dance along. Every uke player wants to master how to perfectly pluck and strum the chords to this classic.

Shawn Mendes-Stitches

If you are not really into the classics, the last on the list has a more contemporary sound and feel.  “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes has catchy lyrics and an upbeat tune. “Stitches” has become the favorite of ukulele players from the present generation. Beginners can learn how to strum the chords and it can still sound great even without the plucking.

Playing these four popular songs on the ukulele doesn’t really require you to sing along.  But according to Tan Key Boey, a ukulele enthusiast, when you learn to strum the ukulele, it will naturally lead to singing. That unique uke sound gives songs from different genres a fun and new version. Grab your ukulele, make sure it is perfectly tuned, and start learning these songs.