Speed of the Sound of Loneliness – #Ukulele Travis Picking with Chords & Lyrics

“Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” is a John Prine classic from the 1986 album “German Afternoons.” It was also released as a single as a duet by Prine and Nanci Griffith on her album “Other Voices, Other Rooms” in 1993.

 

The chord progression is about as simple as it can get, being just G, C, and D (in that order) all the way through the song.

 

This song uses “Travis Picking” fingerstyle accompaniment on the ukulele. Many of my songs use the same technique and it’s simple once you get the hang of it, although it may take quite a bit of practicing it slowly to master it.

 

The first three example patterns on my fingerstyle tutorial show you how to play it. Here’s a link:

Fingerstyle Ukulele Tutorial

 

I’ve also created a separate category just for the Travis Picking style where you can find other songs that I play in the same style. You can find it here:

 

https://ezfolk.com/category/travis-picking/

City of New Orleans – #Ukulele Travis Picking with Chords & Lyrics

“City of New Orleans” was written by Steve Goodman in 1970, and he released it as a single in 1972, but it was made popular by Arlo Guthrie’s recording also in 1972. Guthrie’s version went to #18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #4 on the US Billboard Easy Listening chart. Steve Goodman died of cancer in 1984 and that same year Willie Nelson released it on his “City of New Orleans” album, with the single reaching #1 on the US Hot Country Songs chart and winning Song of the Year at the Country Music Association awards.

 

This song uses “Travis Picking” fingerstyle accompaniment on the ukulele. Many of my songs use the same technique and it’s simple once you get the hang of it, although it may take quite a bit of practicing it slowly to master it.

 

The first three example patterns on my fingerstyle tutorial show you how to play it. Here’s a link:

Fingerstyle Ukulele Tutorial

I’ve also created a separate category just for the Travis Picking style where you can find other songs that I play in the same style. You can find it here:

 

https://ezfolk.com/category/travis-picking/

Wayfaring Stranger – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

Wayfaring Stranger is a popular folk song that likely originated in the early 19th century. It’s been recorded by many including notable versions by Johnny Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Doc Watson, and Trace Adkins. I played it in the key of Am, with Travis picking fingerstyle accompaniment (alternating thumb).

 

This song uses “Travis Picking” fingerstyle accompaniment on the ukulele. Many of my songs use the same technique and it’s simple once you get the hang of it, although it may take quite a bit of practicing it slowly to master it.

 

The first three example patterns on my fingerstyle tutorial show you how to play it. Here’s a link:

 

https://ezfolk.com/fingerstyle-ukulele-tutorial/

 

I’ve also created a separate category just for the Travis Picking style where you can find other songs that I play in the same style. You can find it here:

 

https://ezfolk.com/category/travis-picking/

 

Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis) – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

One of Elvis Presley’s signature songs, it became a huge hit in 1961 with the Elvis movie, “Blue Hawaii.” It’s in 6/8 time and I did it fingerstyle using the same pattern I’ve used for other 6/8 songs. If you would like the fingerstyle pattern explained, see the detailed explanation at the end of my “Hallelujah” video.

Of course, there have been zillions of covers over the years. I’m including two of them here, Andrea Bocelli (who also sang it in the key of F so you might be able to play along with his singing) and Celine Dion.

Scars in the Hands of Jesus – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

Marijohn Wilkin wrote a number of hit songs including “Long Black Veil” and Stonewall Jackson’s big hit, “Waterloo,” but later in life she began writing only Christian songs, and in 1975 her song “One Day at a Time,” won a Dove award as Song of the Year. She recorded several gospel albums on Word Records in the 1970s and this is one of my favorites. It’s in 3/4 time, and I played it in the key of C.

Fingerstyle Picking Example (3/4 Time)

Que Sera Sera – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

Que sera sera was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans in 1955 and sung by Doris Day in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” In 1956 it won an Oscar for Best Original Song, and the Doris Day recording reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

On a personal note, it was my mother’s favorite song, and actually the only song I ever remember her singing. She died in 1959 at the age of 32 when a car she was riding in was hit by a train. I was 7 at the time, and I remember being asked by whoever was planning the funeral if she had a favorite song she’d like to have sung at her funeral, and I said Que Sera Sera. They were actually looking more for an appropriate hymn, I’m sure, but the more I’ve thought about it I have a feeling maybe it would have been a pretty good choice after all. What will be, will be.

Fingerstyle Picking Pattern Example (3/4 time):