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4 Easy Ukulele Songs to Share with Family

It's time to have some fun!

by Marialejandra Araujo

We all know words can’t be enough to convey our emotions. Thankfully, we have other means to transmit our feelings such as paintings, symbols, and, of course, music. If you are reading this, chances are you are a beginner ukulele player eager to try some easy ukulele songs to share with your family and friends. 

After learning the ukulele’s basic techniques, you are ready to play any song using 3 or 4 chords. That’s enough to put your emotions into play and have fun with your loved ones. With that in mind, we prepared this shortlist of songs you can perform with ease.

We hope you have as much fun trying these songs as we had while preparing this list for you. Enjoy!

Song for Dad by Keith Urban

  • Chords: F, G, Dm

No doubt the author dedicated this song to his dad. The lyrics are so beautiful on their own, but it gets better when accompanied by the ukulele’s mellow sound. As happens with any song, or any artistic performance, the meaning can vary from one individual to another. Yet, it is easy to understand that Keith shared this ode to praise his father and showed how grateful he is for him.

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This makes it a great song to share with your dad at any time, but especially on Father’s Day. And it’s also an easy song to play as only uses 3 chords and its pattern is easy to understand. 

Once you check them, you will notice that you only have to play Dm and F chords a couple of times and then continue with F and G. If you need help getting these chords, remember that we offer a great number of courses and tutorials specially made for ukulele students. 

How Can I Keep from Singing by Enya

  • Chords: D, G, A, Bm

And playing the ukulele, right? As you may know, Enya is an Irish songwriter probably most famous because of her Orinoco Flow song. 

At first, we wanted to share that song with you, but the fact that uses 5 chords might bring some challenges to play for a beginner ukulele player. Yet, this song is still so beautiful to share with family.

In this song, she expresses several reasons why she sings. Probably, she is trying to say that, despite the hardships, she can’t help herself but keep singing.

The chords pattern is easy to follow. Just go with D, G, D, A with the occasional Bm chord. 


The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

  • Chords: Em, D, G, C

Such a strong, powerful and beautiful song can only sound even better when played using your ukulele. Being around more than half a decade, this song refuses to slip away from our memories.

Even his father who wouldn’t praise Simon’s compositions fell in love with the song he had to ask him to play it for his musician friends. As expected they also liked the song. 

By the way, Simon meant this song to be a ballad without much success. It was not until Tom Wilson asked members of Dylan’s studio band to add electric guitar and drums that this song became a #1 hit in the US.

We said this song is pretty strong because it stresses the difficulties we face to love other people, to tell them how much we love them to the point we only hear the sound of silence. Also, make sure to tell your family how much you love them!

Happy Birthday Song

Chords: G, D, C

When talking about easy ukulele songs to share with family, nobody can be mistaken when adding this song to the repertoire. Not only is it a great song to play for that loved one celebrating their birthday, but it is also pretty easy to play on your ukulele.

This song is so short and easy that we can even right the whole chord sequence in a line, just like this: G, D, D, G, G, D, C, C, G, D, G. 

Is there any other song you think goes well for family meetings? Consider sharing your thoughts with our ukulele vibrant community. You can also share your doubts there and get support from other ukulele players!

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