This is an easy strum-along ukulele tune for the popular hymn “How Great Thou Art.” I played it in the key of G with easy chords (G, C, D7, and Am) using a simple strum.
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.
Written in 1955 as the theme song for an obscure movie named “Unchained,” this song has become a standard, recorded by hundreds of artists over the years. The most definitive version is the 1965 recording by The Righteous Brothers.
Here’s how I played it…
There are 6 counts in each measure (6/8 time):
1 – Pinch 4th, 2nd, and 1st string with thumb, index, and middle fingers
2 – 3rd string played with thumb
3 – 2nd string played with thumb
4 – 1st string played with middle finger
5 – 2nd string played with index finger
6 – 3rd string played with thumb
That’s how I do it, but if you don’t want to use your thumb that much it’s up to you. You could even use your thumb and 3 fingers and designate a different finger for each string, for example, 4th string thumb, 3rd string index, 2nd string middle finger, and 1st string ring finger. Whatever works for you.
This classic country song written by Dickey Lee and Steve Duffy became a #1 hit on Billboard’s US Hot Country Songs chart in 1962 for George Jones, and also #1 for Anne Murray in 1974 as “He Thinks I Still Care.” It’s been recorded by dozens of others including Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Connie Francis, Patty Loveless, Cher, and many others. I played it here in the key of G with a simple strum that should be easy to strum along with.
This was Elvis Presley’s first #1 national hit song, “I Forgot to Remember to Forget.” I did it in the key of C and it’s really easy to play (C, F, & G). Short song, so I played it through once strumming then again fingerstyle.
One of the best selling singles of all time, the Elvis Presley recording from 1960 sold more than 20 million copies. This is an easy strum-along in the key of C with only 4 simple chords.