If (Bread) – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

David Gates wrote “If” in 1971 and the record by his group Bread went to #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and to #1 on the US Easy Listening chart. It’s been a wedding favorite for many years, and as I’m posting this on February 9th, it would be a great one to play for your significant other on Valentine’s Day.


I used Pattern #10 (forward-reverse) from my Fingerstyle tutorial, which is the same one I’ve used recently for a couple other recent recordings (“For the Good Times” and “Near to the Heart of God”). I’ll be using it in other upcoming songs as well. It’s a pattern that works well for slow songs in 4/4 time.

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:



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:



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).