That’s the Way That the World Goes Round – Travis Picking #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

“That’s the Way That the World Goes Round” is from John Prine’s 1978 album, Bruised Orange. It’s an easy 3-chord song in the key of C (C, F, & G).

 

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/

I Love You So Much It Hurts – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

I first heard “I Love You So Much It Hurts” on John Prine’s 1995 album, “Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings” and thought for a long time that he had written it. It was actually written by Floyd Tillman in 1948 and reached as high as #6 on the Folk Best Seller Chart. Later in 1948 Jimmy Wakely’s version went to #1 on the Folk Best Seller chart. In 1949 the Mills Brothers recorded it and it went to #8 on the pop chart. Over the years many artists have recorded it including Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Andy Williams, and Merle Haggard.

 

It’s in 3/4 time and I used the same pattern I’ve used in so many 3/4 time songs, which is Pattern #13 from my Fingerstyle tutorial. I mix that pattern in with a simple measure that’s just 3rd string, pinch, pinch, with the “pinch” being the 1st and 4th strings with thumb and middle finger on the counts of 2 and 3.

Annie’s Song – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

John Denver wrote “Annie’s Song” in 1974 in 10 minutes as he went up a ski lift. Go figure. Anyway, it became a #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 and also #1 on the Easy Listening chart.

 

It’s in 3/4 time and I played Pattern #13 from my Fingerstyle Ukulele Tutorial (link below) throughout the song. There are a lot of chord changes so you might find it quite a bit easier to just strum it instead of fingerpicking, and a nice easy 3/4 strum sounds good on this song.

 

Here’s a link to the Fingerstyle tutorial:

 

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

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/