Download: The Happy Ukulele Songbook PDF
May 2014: Revised Version 2 released! (Links updated on this page.) Contains minor formatting and content updates for a better overall experience!
This songbook contains 52 of my favorite songs on the uke, from beginner to intermediate level, gathered over the past couple years since learning to play this magical instrument. I also created a special introductory how-to section, with tips and tricks based on the popular ukulele workshops I occasionally lead around the world.
The very first version of this collection was created for my first workshop in January 2013 with just about 15 songs, and since then it’s taken a beating on my travels, and a life of its own.
My favorite part of putting this book together has been gathering so many of my favorite songs…brilliant classics that have stood the test of time. Songs with a distinctly human blend of sweetness, love and Soul, brimming over with style and character. These are songs of life and love you can play for years with your friends and loved ones, and timeless classics that will continue being played long after we’re gone.
But it all starts with you now, taking a little time out from your busy life to enjoy a moment of surrendering to the music and letting go of everything else, if even just for a few brief moments….
And yes, you can take it with you!
You can always email this file to your local print shop, or bring it on a flash drive, and have them print it out for you – it’s designed to be printed double-sided to save paper and space.
Pop it in a 3-clip folder, or have them bind it for you with a coil binding so you can lay the pages flat! Then you can throw it into your beach bag, and bring it with you on any adventure…! (My favorite way to roll) :)
For mobile devices:
I recommend using Dropbox with the free app installed on your computer, phone, and/or tablet. Once you have the file loaded into any of your Dropbox folders, you can easily access it on your mobile device via the Dropbox app.
I have lots of songs saved this way, but I’m super happy to have so many all ready to go in one easy to access file. Use this link to sign up for Dropbox, and get 250MB free bonus space.
Note: I have a few minor formatting updates planned for this printable digital version of the songbook, as well as a free epub version specifically for use with the iphone and ipad. Sign up for my newsletter to be notified when these are released. (I welcome any feedback via email before the updated versions are published in the next week or so.) The new version is out now. Current PDF formatting is iphone and ipad friendly using the iBooks reader. Once you have the iBooks app installed, just navigate here with your device, click the songbook link at the top or bottom of this page, and select the option to add to your iBooks Library at the top of the browser screen.
Download, enjoy, and keep on strummin’! ;)
Happy Ukulele Song List…
Across the Universe (The Beatles)
Aloha ‘Oe (Queen Lili’uokalani)
Amazing Grace (Traditional)
Blowin’ in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
Blue Bayou (Roy Orbison)
Blue Hawaii (Elvis Presley)
Blue Moon (Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart)
Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino)
California Blue (Roy Orbison)
Chocolate Jesus (Tom Waits)
Clandestino (Manu Chao)
Dance Me to the End of Love (Leonard Cohen)
Do Re Mi (Julie Andrews)
Dona Nobis Pacem (Traditional)
Don’t Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Happy Birthday to You (Various)
Happy Xmas (War is Over) (John Lennon and Yoko Ono)
Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
Have You Ever Seen the Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands (Traditional)
Hello! Ma’ Baby (Joseph E. Howard and Ida Emerson)
Hotel California (The Eagles)
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
I’ll Fly Away (The Kossoy Sisters)
Iko Iko (Dixie Cups/James Crawford)
In the Summertime (Mungo Jerry)
Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)
Let it Be (The Beatles)
Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett)
One Love (Bob Marley)
Puff the Magic Dragon (Peter, Paul and Mary)
Que Sera, Sera (Doris Day)
Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
She’s Not There (The Zombies)
Shine On Harvest Moon (Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg)
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
Stayin’ Alive (The Bee Gees)
Stray Cat Strut (The Stray Cats)
Sway (Dean Martin)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens)
Under the Boardwalk (The Drifters)
Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show)
Walk on the Wild Side (Lou Reed)
Walking After Midnight (Patsy Cline)
Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harem)
Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)
You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis)
The Happy Ukulele Songbook was created solely as an educational resource, and cannot be sold for profit. The songs and their songsheets are gathered from various sources, and are included as part of this collection under Fair Use not-for-profit educational provisions. No copyright ownership is claimed on any of the songs in this songbook. No affiliate links are included.
Like the soul of these songs, this songbook collection cannot be sold and never will be. Share it freely with your friends and other ukulele lovers, and enjoy!
Download: The Happy Ukulele Songbook PDF