Valentine’s Day is upon us and there’s no better way to make your girlfriend feel like the amazing woman she is than playing a ukulele love song for her. I wanted to curate this list early on for you guys so you can get a few weeks of practice is in before you have to play for your girlfriend.
Here’s a list of a few songs that you as a beginner can easily master in a few weeks and be ready to wow your girlfriend. Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to play it in public so you can get a small audience as well. And if you do, make sure you stay safe and wear a mask. Don’t want to risk your health or others for it.
Let’s jump into it!
Moonlight Bay by Doris Day
Originally this song was published by Edward Madden and Percy Wenrich back in 1912. And there have been a ton of artists that have recorded it in their own version of it. But for one reason or another, the Doris Day version stuck with me as the most romantic version of this song.
This is one of the most fun songs you will play once you get the hang of it. Make sure you give a little swing to the strum to give a bit more taste to it. Also, pace it moderately. You don’t want to go too fast or too slow.
When you start to practice it, you can start slow and then pick up the speed as you get along.
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
As the name suggests, this could be a perfect ukulele song for the Valentine’s Day.
It is almost like Jason wrote this song for his Valentine. It is one of the most popular songs because it has that carefree and uplifting feel to it.
While this could be the perfect Valentine’s Day song for you, I have some bad news for you – you will have to deal with the E chord. Most beginners have a hard time with it. But if you put the time in now, it will make it easier for you to play almost any other song with the E chord.
But here’s some good news as well – you only need to know 5 chords to play this song because for the most part, the song keep repeating. That makes it simple for you to follow along.
When I’m 64 by Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney wrote this song when he was 16. The Beatles used to play it in the early days when the electricity would go out in the clubs. Funny thing is, the song mentions Valentine’s in the lyrics. So its not like your girlfriend would have to think too much about why you are singing it for you.
Not just that, the overall song has a silly love song feel to it which everyone loves. This is perfect if you are someone who likes to joke around all the time and just have a fun time overall. Your girlfriend will know why you picked this song.
The hardest part about playing it will be the Ab7 chord. So you will have to practice it quite a bit to get the hang of it.
Also, you don’t have to stress out about it if you don’t perfect it. The best part about playing this song is that it has that carefree attitude. So if you play it in that attitude and hum the simple bass of the song in the intro, you will be all set.
Till There Was You by Meredith Wilson
Meredith Wilson wrote this song for his musical play The Music Man. Right out the gate, I have to tell you that if you pick this one, you will have to practice this song more than the others.
Only choose this one if you have the time to practice it everyday.
It is easy to practice. Just start by playing the chords one at a time until you get used to them and notice if your speed automatically starts increasing.
This is perfect if you like to combine playing ukulele along with singing. Its just that perfect combination of both and you can give it your own feel to it just to make it extra special for your lady.
Sh-Boom by The Chords
Sh-Boom is one of the most popular songs from the doo wop genre back in 1954 when it was just getting started. The original version isn’t as famous as the one played by the group The Chords.
The song is a bit fast compared to the others on this list, but in the beginning, you can slow it down and get the rhythm of it. Also, since you are playing this song on a ukulele you can slow it down even after you have almost perfected it.
Although, I would say that you should try to play it at the same speed as you hear it because that just makes it sound amazing.
The hardest part for you will be the main hook which is F-Dm-Gm-C
You will have to practice this progression a few times or even more than that depending on your current skill level. But once you get the hang of it, you will have most of the song down except for the bridge.
And that is it. This was a short list that I wanted to create for you romantic guys that want to take things up a notch for your girlfriends or wives to make them feel special.
Are there other songs that you can play?
Of course there are. And you can Google them. But the problem is, there will be some songs that just don’t translate well to the ukulele. So you will have to make sure that you are looking up all the chords and trying them out before deciding which song you will want to stick to.
But all the songs in this list translate very well to the ukulele. So feel free to pick any one from this and you won’t go wrong.