This one has a little more advanced chord progression, but it’s a great song to add to your toolbag.
A number of other big-name performers have also recorded the tune, including Emmy Lou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Don King, Flatt & Scruggs and even Jimmy Buffett.
Like many of Johnny Cash’s best-known songs, this one is a “three-chorder” – just C, F and G7 being needed to play it.
In this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play the old folk/country song “If I Needed You” on the cigar box ukulele. This one was written by Townes Van Zandt and has been recorded by Emmy Lou Harris and other well-known performers.
This song requires only 3 basic uke chords to play, so with a little practice anyone should be able to play it!
This is a great old folk/bluegrass/mountain song, a plaintive tale of longing and regret. Believed to have originated in the 1870’s, it has been recorded many times over the years, by artists such as Lead Belly, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez, The Oakridge Boys, Dolly Parton and even Nirvana did a version.
You can learn more about the song on its Wikipedia page.
In this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play the old song “Stagger Lee” (also known as Stack-o-Lee, Stag-o-Lee and other titles) on the cigar box ukulele This classic number is part blues, part cajun and part history, and has been performed Mississippi John Hurt, Dr. John and many more musicians. Five basic uke chords are used in this lesson, and while the progression is not what would be considered “standard”, it is still a nice easy one to play.
This old American blues/folk song was recorded by Alan Lomax and first published in 1934. It has been recorded and released by a number of folk singers over the years, including The Byrds, Old Crow Medicine Show, Woodie Guthrie, Jerry Garcia and even the Flying Burrito Brothers!
In this video lesson, One-hand Dan Russell shows you how to play this great old song on the cigar box ukulele.
Here are the chords you’ll need to play it. Dan shows you the progression and sings the melody for you in the video. Note: In the video the chord form for D7 actually shows D flat 7 – be sure your first finger is barring on the second fret, not the first fret and you’ll be OK.
In this video lesson, Dan shows you how to play the old blues song “The Midnight Special”. This was a traditional folk song first popularized by Lead Belly, and has been recorded by many other artists such as Big Bill Broonzy, The Beatles, Burl Ives, Van Morrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.
In this video lesson, Dan presents the song more in the style of Lead Belly than of some of the later adaptations. The chords and progression are nice and simple, so grab your uke and give it a try!
This printable sheet shows you all of the easiest and most commonly used chords for standard 4-string ukuleles tuned gCEA. These chord forms can be used with cigar box ukuleles, regular ukuleles and any other instrument tuned in this way.
Either click this link or the image below to view the printable sheet: Easy Ukulele Chords Sheet