If you’re learning how to play the ukulele, one of the best tips for beginners is to start with easy Beatles songs. The Beatles are a great band to learn on uke because their music has very simple chord progressions and lyrics that are also easy to understand. It’s not only easier than most other bands’ music, but it’s also much more fun! 

Here are some of my favorite easy Beatles songs that we recommend picking up first if you want to learn how to play the ukulele kit for beginners.

Easy Beatles Songs Ukulele

1. Act Naturally

It’s no secret that the Beatles are one of history’s most influential music bands, having not only changed pop culture but also influenced other genres like rock and roll with their revolutionary style. They made it big time in 1965 on “Help!,” where they showcased Ringo Starr’s vocal talent.

This song is perfect for uke players who want to get more creative with their fingers. The strumming patterns are easy, and it has an interesting, laidback sound that makes even beginners feel like they can play along without any trouble at all.

2. Yellow Submarine

What’s the meaning of “Yellow Submarine?” Maybe it’s just a song with no hidden secrets.  But when Paul McCartney was asked about his song’s meaning, he maintained that there wasn’t any secret message or special significance to it – just good old-fashioned enjoyment.

It would help if you started at a slower speed and gradually increased your BPM by five beats per minute. For example, if the song is 110 Bpm, try 85 first before speeding up more quickly.

3. Hey Jude

This song is one of the most iconic, with many people ranking it among their top 10 favorites. It was published in 1968 and attributed to both Lennon and McCartney.

This song is a great tune for beginners because the chords are easy to remember and play. It’s also very catchy, which makes it easier to practice your skills.

Hey Jude

4. Obla-di, Obla-da

“Obla-di, Obla-da” is a fun song with a powerful message. It also emphasizes the Beatles’ reggae inspirations, making it ideal for imbuing your playing with an “island feel” – which is especially fitting for the uke.

Here’s how to make the “chunk” sounds in two steps:

Step 1: To get the best possible sound from your use, you must strum in a way that suits its tone. Before each strum, rest your palm on the strings near the bridge. For a muted soundscape, you want to put more weight in lower positions so that all of these notes don’t end up being too high-pitched.

Step 2: Make sure to curl your fingers inwards while strumming so that all strings are muffled uniformly.

5. In Spite of All the Danger

The Beatles are one of the most famous bands in music history, and starting with “In Spite of All The Danger” is an excellent way to get you started on your ukulele journey.

The first time you play the ukulele, it can be not easy to keep up with your downstrokes as well. But throughout this song and other songs like it, there is more emphasis on using softer accents for both strums by adding an upward motion at lower volumes. This takes some getting used to – it will become second nature after just one practice session.

6. Let It Be

The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” originally recorded in 1970 and released as their last single before lead guitarist Paul McCartney left the band for good this time around, has become part of Great American Songbook.

This song is one of the most used chords in contemporary music. It’s an excellent staple for practicing expressive playing, so be bold once you know these notes. Don’t worry about getting it wrong; experiment with different speeds or accents to make the version that’s uniquely yours.

Let It Be

7. Eleanor Rigby

The Beatles broke from their traditional pop music roots with the release of “Eleanor Rigby.” Influenced by Pete Townsend, this song became a turning point in the band’s evolution and how they made albums and influenced future generations.

For some, the transition into playing an instrument can be difficult. It’s often necessary to work on building your muscle memory for your strumming to match up with what you’re singing or else have trouble getting a good sound out of both at once.  

8. Octopus’s Garden

The chords in this song make it easy to learn how to play faster. You won’t have much time for dawdling between each chord because the strumming is so fast.

Remember to think about what chord shape will happen next and be ready for it. Try thinking of the note that needs to change and how your hand should move before time runs out.

This is a great way to get more creative, imaginative, and expressive with your strumming. You can practice by just playing around on the guitar, or you could even sing in time while practicing. Therefore, all of these new ideas will flow much easier when it comes to performance day.

9. We Can Work it Out

The song “We Can Work It Out” is a true collaboration of John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney. He even gives credit to his bandmate for how he wrote some aspects in this track.

This song is a great way to start exploring the world of music theory and composition. It features simple melodies that you can put together in any order, making it easy for beginners who may not know how all these pieces fit together yet.

We Can Work it Out

10. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away

“You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” is the best way to learn how to play folk music with an amazing sound that will make you feel like a true artist.

It’s interesting how musicians use tapping to create a rhythm. Folk music often taps in groups of 3, which adds an extra layer to the song and makes you feel like your foot is moving along with them.

Conclusion

​​Ukuleles are a popular instrument, and the Beatles were among some of the most famous artists. 

We have put together this blog post with the easy Beatles songs ukulele for beginners if you want to learn how to play one. Just pick one and start strumming today! You can even sing along if you want. 

These tunes will be fun for beginners as well as seasoned players who need some refreshers. Play your favorite melody with your ukulele and enjoy a happy day!

Queen Elizabeth II decorated the Beatles with Order of British Empire 1965Running just 23 seconds long, “Her Majesty” is the shortest song in the Beatles official catalog. It was originally to be placed between “Mean Mr. Mustard” and “Polythene Pam” on their Abbey Road album. Paul McCartney decided that the sequence didn’t work and the song was edited out of the medley by studio tape operator John Kurlander. Kurlander placed the edited out song after fourteen seconds of lead out tape at the end of the Abbey Road master tape. The original intention was to not have “Her Majesty” appear on the album, but they liked the “accident” and decided to keep it.

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Nowhere Man / What Goes On singleThe first Beatles song to give Ringo Starr co-writing credit was “What Goes On”, though Ringo jokingly claimed he contributed “about five words, and I haven’t done a thing since.” The writing credit is attributed to Lennon/McCartney/Starkey, with Ringo using his real name of Richard Starkey. The credits in the first pressing of the single accidentally omitted “Starkey”.

The origins of “What Goes On” actually date back years earlier to the Quarrymen days when John Lennon started the original version of the song. It was later resurrected in 1965 and completed with the help of Paul McCartney and Starr.

The song appeared on ‘Rubber Soul’ (the UK version) and ‘Yesterday and Today’ in the US. It was also the B-side to the “Nowhere Man” single.

George Harrison and Eric Clapton performing at the Concert for BangladeshGeorge Harrison’s good friend Eric Clapton played lead guitar on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Due to the band’s inner tension at the time, the other Beatles showed little or no interest in the song, so George invited Eric to join him during the song’s recording session. Clapton was at first reluctant to play on a Beatles’ record. Harrison later recalled, “…I was with Eric and I was going into the session and I said, ‘We’re going to do this song. Come on and play on it.’ He said, ‘Oh no. I can’t do that. Nobody ever plays on Beatles’ records.’ I said, ‘Look, it’s my song and I want you to play on it.’ So Eric came in and the other guys were as good as gold because he was there. Also, it left me free to do the vocal and play rhythm. Then, we listened to it back and he said, ‘Ah, there’s a problem, though, it’s not Beatley enough.’ So, we put it through the ADT (automatic double tracker) to wobble it a bit.”

Clapton used a Gibson Les Paul guitar for the song. He received no credit in the liner notes on the  ‘White Album’ because of his contract with another record company.