You can strum along with this video using any 4/4 time strum, or play along fingerstyle. I’m mostly playing the #1 pattern from my tutorial page “Fingerpicking the Ukulele“…
Since it’s so well known and a simple melody, this is a great song to get you started with fingerpicking on the ukulele. On the recording I played the Fingerstyle #2 arrangement. I should add that, although it’s a simple melody, I’ve arranged it in a Travis Picking style with lots of notes in the #2 arrangement and if you listen to the recording you’ll notice it’s not exactly a beginner arrangement.
The Fingerstyle #1 arrangement is a simplified version and would be best to start with if you’re a beginner. I also included an EZ Chord Melody Solo.
Fingerstyle Arrangement #2 (the one played on the recording):
Fingerstyle Arrangement #1 (easier to play than the #2 arrangement):
EZ Chord Melody Solo:
I’m only including one arrangement for Sittin’ On Top of the World because that’s all I played in the recording. It’s a bouncy and kind of bluesy traditional tune that I recorded in the key of G and in between a couple of verses I played a harmonica solo. The fingerstyle ukulele accompaniment that I play while I’m singing is Travis Picking style — be sure to keep your thumb moving and alternating 4 times in each measure.
Here’s what I played on the uke…
This has always been one of my favorite fingerpicking songs for the ukulele. It’s really easy to play if you’re comfortable with this style, with easy chords and a simple melody.
Here’s the Travis Picking arrangement. Be sure to play 4 notes per measure with your thumb!