Learn to play "Something" by the Beatles on Ukulele


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Play along with Aldrine on the "Something" by the Beatles Ukulele Play-Along. This one has a lot of interesting chord changes, so if you need some extra help start with STEP 1 below:

STEP 1 - Chord Practice

First, check out and learn the chords for the Intro Riff:

F(2010), Eb(0331), G(0232), C(0003)

For now, just memorize the chords and practice switching between them in that order. Next you'll need to learn the chords for the Verse and the Chorus sections.
Verse:

C(0003), Cmaj7(0002), C7(0001), F(2010), Am(2000), D(2225), D7(2223), G(0232), Am(X453), G7(0575), Bdim7(X878)

Note that the chords for the Verse go exactly in this order so practice switching between them. Also note that the Bdim7 chord only appears once, during the last Verse of the song.

Chorus:

Am(2000), Am(maj7)(1000), Am7(0000), D(2220)

When you're comfortable switching between the chords, use the following video to practice the chord changes for the Intro Riff, Verse, and Chorus:

For now, just practice using simple down strums as indicated by the | marks on the screen.

There is also one more section to the song, the Bridge:

A(2100), Amaj7(1100), F#m(2120), A7(0100), D(3330), G(0232), C(0003)

By this point you should already know your D, G and C chords, but practice the chord changes in this order. Use the video below to practice the timing for the Bridge:

When you're able to change chords at all the right times, try playing along with the Play-Along at the top of the page, just using simple down strums on each chord. Great job! Now you're ready to add some simple rhythm to your playing.

STEP 2 - Beginner Rhythm

Now that you know how to hold the chords and switch to them at the right times, practice a simple rhythm for this song by following the video below. Use the C and Cmaj7 chords just as a practice, focusing more on the rhythm of your strumming hand:

Once you're comfortable using this simple rhythm, try playing along with the Play-Along at the top of the page, trying to add more rhythm to your playing. Awesome job, you just played through the beginner version of this song!

STEP 3 - Intermediate Rhythm

If you're an intermediate or advanced player, Aldrine adds a few embellishments to make his strumming sound more full. Check out the video below where he explains some of the things he adds and where you can incorporate them into your own version of the song:

Feel free to take what works for you and try playing along with the Play-Along at the top of the page. Congrats, you just played the intermediate version of this song!

STEP 4 - The Picking

If you got this far, you've proven yourself to be a pretty advanced player already. But the picking for this song poses a pretty nice challenge for any player. It incorporates slides, bends, hammer-ons, and pull-offs along with some interesting rhythm combinations. Feel free to refer to the "Something" by the Beatles Ukulele Picking TAB(.pdf) to help guide you and use the following video (at 65% speed) to help you practice:

Finally, 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! This is one of those songs that will have you really practicing for awhile to really get it down, especially since the chords go all over the place. But if you can get the hang of the chords it's so much fun to play and learning all of the extra stuff just becomes frosting on an already delicious cake. Have fun with this one and let us know what you think! And if you have any questions, we're always here to help you out. Keep strummin' UUers!

Aloha,
-UU Staff

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