They Call the Wind Mariah – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

“They Call the Wind Maria” was written by Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe for their 1951 Broadway musical, Paint Your Wagon. It became a favorite of folksingers in the 1960s and was recorded by The Kingston Trio, The Smothers Brothers, and Doc Watson among others.

 

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/

 

 

Leaving on a Jet Plane – #Ukulele Strum-Along with Chords & Lyrics

John Denver wrote “Leaving on a Jet Plane” in 1967 when he was a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio. The group recorded it but it wasn’t successful until released two years later by Peter, Paul & Mary, when it went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it PPM’s biggest hit and their last song on the chart. I played it in the key of G and the song only uses 3 chords (G, C, and D).

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/

 

Take Me Home, Country Roads – Clawhammer #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

One of John Denver’s biggest hits, from 1971. I played it clawhammer style in the key of F. That’s a full step down from the key of G, how it’s usually played on guitar, which makes it easier to hit the high notes when you’re singing. For this song the key of F seems easier to play than in the key of G if you’re okay with the dreaded Bb chord that gives a lot of people fits.