Learn to play "That's The Way It Is" by Celine Dion on Ukulele


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Hey UUers!

This month, we're getting our 90s on with an Ukulele Play-Along for the hit song "That's The Way It Is" by Celine Dion. For the vocals we're featuring our good friend Trina B (who was also featured on the Play-Along videos for "Moves Like Jagger" and "Seasons of Love"). Try playing along with the video above and if you need a little help learning this on your ukulele, start with STEP 1 below:

STEP 1 - Chords

For the Intro, Verse, and Chorus of this song, you'll need to know the following 5 chords:
Ukulele Chords: D, G, Bm7, A, Em
D(2220), G(0232), Bm7(2222), A(2100), Em(0432)

Most of the song will be played using these chords in a variety of chord patterns. Get comfortable smoothly switching between all of them.

This song is a little interesting in that it changes keys, twice. During the Bridge it moves from the key of D Major to the key of D Minor. You'll need the next 6 chords in order to play the Bridge:

Ukulele Chords: Dm, Dm7, Bb, F, C, Dm6
Dm(2210), Dm7(2213), Bb(3211), F(2010), C(0003), Dm6(2212)

The Bridge ends with a D chord, which you already know from the first part of the song. With that D chord, it transitions to the Key of G. Fortunately for us, the Key of G shares a lot of chords with the Key of D, so the only really new chord you'll need to learn is Am(2000):

Ukulele Chords: G, C, Em, D, Am
G(0232), C(0003), Em(0432), D(2220), Am(2000)

Once you know all of the chords, use the Chords and Lyrics sheet - Lyrics and Chords for "That's The Way It Is" - and practice switching between each chord on the right lyric.

For more instruction on how to hold the chords and switch between them, check out the video below:

Feel free to move on to Step 2, once you've got these down!

STEP 2 - Beginner Rhythm

Start off with a simple "down, down, down, down" strum (1 down per beat). After that, try doubling up the strum by doing 2 down strums per beat instead of 1. That gives you 8 down strums per measure.

Now, the tricky part about this song is that you will do 3 down strums then change chords and do 5 more down strums to round out the 8 beats in each measure. So for practice we can hold the D chord, do 3 down strums, switch to the G chord and do 5 more down strums. Work to make sure that all of your down strums are evenly spaced.

For more help with this, check out the video below:

It will take a little while to get used to the faster change, but try it out and practice! When you get it down, use this simple rhythm and try playing along with the Play-Along at the top of the page. Great job, you just played the beginner version of this song!

STEP 3 - Intermediate Rhythm

Now we can get a little fancier with the rhythm by missing some strums and adding some chunks for percussive sounds. You'll be substituting your 3rd down strum with a chunk, which will give you a little more time to switch to the next chord on the 4th down strum.

Watch the video below for more instruction:

Try it out by playing along with the Play-Along at the top of the page. Awesome! You just played the intermediate version of the song!

STEP 4 - Picking & Fingerpicking

Finally, you can add some picking to this song to really make it shine. There is a fingerpicking part in the Intro followed by a riff that mimics the main melody. Check out the Tab for the Intro and use the video below to practice at 60%, 80%, and 100% speed:

During the Bridge, you basically just hold the chord and do an "In-to-Out Picking" pattern on each chord. You can use the Tab for the Bridge as reference, or jump straight into the video below to practice at 60%, 80%, and 100% speed:

For the last Chorus, where the song changes to the Key of G, there is a simple Outro picking that you can do as well. Check out the Tab for the Outro and use the video below to practice at 60%, 80%, and 100% speed:

Those are the toughest parts of the song, so when you get them down, you're golden! Try playing along with the Play-Along at the top of the page and add those picking parts in. Nice! You just played the Advanced version of the song.

For more Celine Dion, there is also an Ukulele Underground lesson for a solo ukulele picking version of "My Heart Will Go On" (Theme From Titanic), so be sure to check that out as well. And as always, if you have any questions or need help with your playing, be sure to Contact us! UU is always here to help you out. Have a great one UUers, keep strummin'

Aloha,
-UU Staff

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