For lots of people the sound of ukulele is deeply associated with Hawaii. However, what to play if you want to feel the sand of the beach, hear the sound of the waves and smell the hibiscus flowers?
Here is my top list of 5 easy (but very nice) songs to play. And don’t forget to privilege soprano ukulele (the smaller one) which have a fruitier sound!
1. Lovely hula hands
A nice song about hula dance, short and easy to memorize, but really sweet. It only required 6 easy chords (G, D7, G7, C, E7, A7). The rhythm, the chords, the lyrics… everything will transport you to Hawaii.
Just grab your uke and follow this tutorial!
2. Somewhere over the rainbow by IZ
You must know this song. No discussion. There will always be this moment when a friend will say: “you play ukulele? Oh please play this song of this big guy! You know this famous song in Hawaii!”.
And yes this song is cool and very easy to learn (5 chords: C, Em, Am, F, G). So no excuses, go learn it!
3. My little grass Shack
A harder one, but very Hawaiian. I love to watch video of this songs in Youtube with women performing hula dance.
This one is harder, but there is a nice tutorial which decompose all the different parts :
4. Hawaiian vamp
Not a truly song, but a nice short piece of music. Vamps are often used in ukulele between different parts and are frequently used in many Hawaiian songs. I like this short and effective tutorial. Really easy to get with only those chords : D7, G7, C, F.
5. Alona waltz
Another short piece of music to finish and definitively easy. A short waltz with Hawaiian sounds. Love it too. The tab is on the last page of this book.
And you which easy songs evokes the most Hawaii?