Help Me Make it Through the Night – #Ukulele Strum-Along with Chords & Lyrics

Another one of Kris Kristofferson’s great country songs, it first became a hit in 1970 when recorded by Sammi Smith, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. I recorded it in the key of C. I should probably mention that I used some suspended chords but didn’t write them in over the lyrics, partly because it was hard to fit them in but also because they’re optional and you can just omit them if you want to and stay on the regular chord. Here are the notes in case you have trouble figuring it out: For the C chord you add the 2nd string 1st fret, and for the G or G7 chord you add the 1st string 3rd fret. That’s all there is to it.

Crazy – Simplified #Ukulele Chords & Lyrics

Written by Willie Nelson in 1961, “Crazy” became Patsy Cline’s signature song and by 1996 it was named as the #1 most played song on jukeboxes by the Amusement and Music Operators Association. Rolling Stone has ranked it as one of the Top 100 songs of all time. For my tutorial, I played it in the key of C and simplified the chord progression somewhat but it still sounds pretty good to me. There are a few quick chord changes but if you stop the video in a couple places where that occurs you should be able to pick up on it pretty easily.

Unchained Melody – #Ukulele Chords & Lyrics

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.