Learn to play the Arthur Theme Song ("Believe In Yourself") by Ziggy Marley on Ukulele
Play along with the Arthur Theme Song Ukulele Play-Along with Joey Charles Aldrine and if you need some extra help start with STEP 1 below and feel free to continue on as far as your skill permits:
STEP 1 - Chord Practice
First, check out and learn the three simple chords for the intro and verse:
F(2010), Bb(3211), C(5433) or C(0003)
For the most of the song you'll be just switching between F and Bb, so practice moving back and forth between those two chords until the change is smooth and in one motion. During the bridge, you'll move from F to C to Bb and back to C. Notice there are two versions of C to choose from. Feel free to use whatever version of C allows you to move between the chords easier (the first version is easier to change to coming from Bb, the second is easier to change to coming from F).
Use the following video to help you practice the switching between the chords:
STEP 2 - Beginner Rhythm
Now that you know how to hold the chords and switch to them at the right times during the chorus and verse, practice strumming four down strums for each box in the diagram. Then, progress to adding up strums in between each of the downs.
Use the following video to practice basic rhythm while switching between the F and Bb chords:
Once you're comfortable using this simple rhythm, try playing along with the Play-Along at the top of the page, using either the down strums or the down and up strums. Great job, you just played through the beginner version of this song!
STEP 3 - Intermediate Rhythm
If you're an intermediate player, feel free to continue on with a rhythm slightly closer to what Aldrine is playing. Start off by holding the chords lightly and muting the strings with your fretting hand. Practice switching between the F and Bb chords while keeping them muted and doing a steady down-up strum on each beat. After that, try releasing the mute and pressing down on the chord on every other beat.
Use the video below to practice this intermediate rhythm:
If you've never played reggae before, this might take awhile to coordinate all of the moving parts. Try not to over think it - just relax your hand and press down when it sounds right. Once you get the hang of it, try playing along with the Play-Along at the top of the page and incorporate your new strumming rhythm. Great job, you just played the intermediate version of this song!
STEP 4 - The "Breakdown"
During the second half of the rap (Verse 3, originally sung by Chance the Rapper) and the second time that Verse 2 comes around, Joey and Aldrine change up the strumming rhythm to a typical reggae "breakdown" rhythm. It's a tough to get the hang of if you've never played it before, but the best way is to just feel it out. Here's a video of Aldrine explaining the rhythm in some detail:
Now that you understand the concept and are trying to get the feel of it, use the following video to help you practice the breakdown rhythm:
STEP 5 - Picking
Finally, if you want, you can add picking to this song. Use the video below along with the Arthur Theme Song Ukulele Picking TAB to learn and play the picking that Aldrine plays for this song.
Head back up to the top of the page and try playing along with the Play-Along. Congratulations, you've played the full version of this song! As always, feel free to take your playing right up to where you feel comfortable. All of the extra rhythm and frills are just for fun, so as long as you're having fun with your uke, you're on the right track. And if you have any questions or need help with anything, send a message, we're always here for you!