This song takes the medal for the most emotion for the least technical musical resources. There is so much feel in this song and yet it fits well in a beginner uke course! The rhythms can get funky as you go, but to get started is something you can definitely tackle early in your training!
A lot of people find it easier to do a basic groovy pattern to this
song. That works great! The key is that you need to change chords on
an upstroke, which is a little unusual, but use this written guide
to help you out! Prepare the chord on the highlighted skip stroke!
Basic Strumming Pattern: Groovy Pattern 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & D D U U D U D D U S U D U Am (F) F 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & D D U U D U D D U S U D U C Dm Intermediate Strumming Pattern: This is a pattern unique to this song. It also has an important feature where you change chords near the end of the pattern. This will happen in other songs, so try to learn it from this song if you can! With swing 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & D d u u d u u d u D u d u Am F 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & D d u u d u u d u D u d u C Dm
Either Cups (When I’m Gone) for a fast uke song
or for a song with some spunky chord changes, try the jazzy version of Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra