Learn to play "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin

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Hey UUers!

And just like that, September is here! If you've got "end of summer" blues, this Uke Lesson is perfect for you. This month we're teaching you how to play "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin. It was the first a capella song to hold the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Bobby McFerrin may have recorded the original version of this song using just his voice, yet it seems like it was tailor made for the ukulele. But don't let the carefree lyrics and cheerful tone fool you, this one is a bit of a challenge, especially for beginners. Here's the good news, "Don't Worry Be Happy" only uses 3 chords and while one of them is an E chord, Aldrine shows you an easier alternative for holding it. The strumming pattern is also pretty straight forward, and you can zhuzh it up with pinky or left hand mutes. Aldrine teaches you how to incorporate mutes into your strumming if you want to sound more like the original. He also shows you how to play 2 picking patterns, a melody line and a harmony picking. So if you've got a uke buddy, be sure to try this song together.

This song gives you a great opportunity to tackle some of the more intimidating techniques on the ukulele. So take your time to really nail down those chord changes and the timing of your mutes. But most importantly: Don't Worry, Be Happy and keep strumming!

-UU Staff

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