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):

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.

The End of the World – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

“The End of the World” is a song that became a huge hit for Skeeter Davis in 1963. To date, it’s the only song to ever reach the Top 10 on four different Billboard charts (#2 on the Billboard Hot 100; #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart; #1 on Billboard’s Easy Listening Chart; and #4 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart. Over the years it’s been recorded by many other artists.

For my chords & lyrics tutorial I used the same 6/8 fingerstyle pattern that I used for the song Hallelujah, and on that one I explained the pattern in detail at the end of the video, so if you need help check that one out.

Here is my video of Hallelujah that features the same 6/8 fingerpicking pattern. A detailed description follows the song, so if you need help check it out.

Are You Lonesome Tonight – #Ukulele Chords & Lyrics

Are You Lonesome Tonight was written in 1926 and has been recorded by many artists over the years, but it’s most closely associated with Elvis Presley, who made it a #1 hit back in 1960. Some recordings (including Elvis’) feature a spoken bridge that was also included in the original 1927 sheet music. For this chords & lyrics tutorial I just recorded the chorus twice, the first time strumming and the second time fingerstyle. It’s in 3/4 time so strum 3 beats in each measure. The fingerpicking pattern is #13 in my fingerstyle tutorial.