difficulty level 4Difficulty level 4/5

Chords in this song

Am chordC chordD chordDm7 chordE7 chordEm chordF chordG chord


Somewhere Over The Rainbow and What a Wonderful World performed by Israël Kamakawiwo'ole.

chords or tablatures

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    |CC chord   GG chord   |AmAm chord   FF chord  |CC chord   GG chord   |
    |AmAm chord      |FF chord       |
    CC chord        EmEm chord       FF chord        CC chord
    ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo
    FF chord        E7E7 chord       AmAm chord       FF chord
    ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo
CC chord         EmEm chord                FF chord       CC chord
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
FF chord       CC chord                        GG chord            AmAm chord   FF chord
And the dreams that you dream of once in a lullaby...
   CC chord         EmEm chord                FF chord          CC chord
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
FF chord       CC chord                         GG chord                   AmAm chord   FF chord
And the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true...
    CC chord
Someday i'll wish upon a star
GG chord                                AmAm chord   FF chord
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
      CC chord
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
GG chord                                  AmAm chord           FF chord
High above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me
   CC chord         EmEm chord               FF chord           CC chord
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
FF chord       CC chord                           GG chord               AmAm chord   FF chord
And the dreams that you dare to, oh why, oh why can't I?...
           CC chord        EmEm chord        FF chord         CC chord
Well I see trees of green and Red roses too
FF chord                CC chord         E7E7 chord     AmAm chord
 I'll watch then bloom for me and you
      FF chord                GG chord                AmAm chord   FF chord
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world
           CC chord        EmEm chord             FF chord         CC chord
Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
        FF chord              CC chord   E7E7 chord         AmAm chord
And the brightness of day, I like the dark
      FF chord                GG chord                CC chord    FF chord   CC chord
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world 
    GG chord                      CC chord
The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
    GG chord                    CC chord
Are also on the faces of people passing bye
    FF chord               CC chord      FF chord              CC chord
See friends shaking hands, saying 'how do you do?'
FF chord               CC chord       Dm7Dm7 chord             DD chord
 They're really saying, I...I love you
       CC chord      EmEm chord        FF chord          CC chord
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
FF chord                   CC chord    E7E7 chord         AmAm chord
 They'll learn much more than we'll know
     FF chord                 GG chord                AmAm chord   FF chord
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world 
CC chord
Someday i'll wish upon a star
GG chord                                AmAm chord   FF chord
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
       CC chord
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
GG chord                                  AmAm chord           FF chord
High above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me
   CC chord         EmEm chord                FF chord      CC chord
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
FF chord       CC chord                        GG chord                 AmAm chord   FF chord
And the dreams that you dare to, why, oh why can't I?...
CC chord        EmEm chord       FF chord        CC chord
ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo
FF chord        E7E7 chord       AmAm chord      FF chord
ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-a-eh-a-a-a-a-a-a    

This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.


  • Joaquinloleng says:

    Easier way is d d u u d u d d u u d

  • Jingles says:

    I’m doing it like this: d d – u d u u d u u d u

    “-” means u make a pause there like you would strum down or up once

  • pointhetop says:

    this made the song so easy! all the other notes where so confusing

  • gekaap says:

    There is one spot where there seems to be a mistake, or at least a rather poor choice for progression.

    Lyric: They’re really saying, I…I love you

    You’ll probably notice that Dm7 to D not only is very awkward and difficult, but doesn’t really seem to offer a satisfying sound in the progression. Better to use this progress: F, C, D7, G. The progression sounds much nicer, still fits the melody and the general mood of the song, and is somewhat easier to play.

    • arashikage says:

      I play it Dm to G at the “I love you” part

      • LOLLIPOPS says:

        I can’t play Dm yet. It hurts my fingers.

      • a person says:

        hmm… well, i use my index finger for the first fret on E, my middle finger for the second fret on C and G, and my ring finger for the third fret on A… hope that may help :) (if you were using all four fingers for each string, that is, or if your finger placement was awkward, i guess) :D

    • Eperks says:

      This sounds great, especially with the hawaiian D7 (fingering 2020)

  • lexsorus says:

    this song is really easy. I’m a beginner and the uke just became so easy to me. this is a great song!

  • Marjovie says:

    This song sound so good on the ukulele

  • Neil says:

    I don’t know if anyone else has done this but I found a chord online (it’s either Cadd9 or Fadd9) which fits into the chorus nicely.
    Excuse my ignorance on the chords.

    It’s played after the Am and before the F chord.

    It’s Am then keeping Am, drop your ring finger onto the 3rd fret E string, then play the F chord.

    Ties everything in nicely.

    • Jish says:

      I know what you’re talking about, and it does sound nice, but personally, I like to use E7 in place of what you use with Cadd9. I guess it all adds up to personal preference in the end :D

  • Username* says:

    I LOVE this song SO much! It’s really pretty and I hope I can sing it for my school talent show! :)

  • kittyycattyy says:

    Excellent! I love this song, thanks for the chords! But after “I love you…” the chord is supposed to be G, not D. :)

  • ukeplayer says:

    looks hard but its really not thank you sooo much
    love the its a wonderful world vershion

  • JamesSommer says:

    And i think to my self what a wonderfull song!

    Thanks so much for putting this up! so easy and beutifull!

  • hollywood4500 says:

    hey neil! its an Fadd9, just so you know :) i really like that btw!

  • Bobjake7 says:

    Gekaap is right, there is a mistake on the line “They’re really saying, I… I love you.” However the dm7 is the right chord to play. The progression should use a G at the end instead of a D. This appears to be a typo.

  • tes_9 says:

    if you play everyone will always ask you to play this. campfire favorite and really easy to play

  • Jorjor1999 says:

    All your supposed to do is feel the music and strum what feels right, be with the music

  • UKULELE says:

    this song is really awesome! :D

  • awesomedude2468 says:

    These chord combinations are awesome! Btw love the ending

  • ukealalala says:

    Awesome. And my favorite strum pattern! Great for beginners. :)

  • Kauaigirl68 says:

    So I am an absolute “newbie” to the uke. Are there any TABS for the melody? Or is it just available in chords? I apologize for my ignorance…. Thanks :)

  • team fortress says:


  • Username* says:

    I love it!

  • laura2105 says:

    love the song and the chords are super easy!
    but i just can’t find the pitch that suits my voice! i have to sing either way too high or way too deep and it really annoys me :(
    i will try to transpose the song now but to be honest i don’t really wanna have to change the chords..

  • tzvishapira says:

    love this song!! there are 2 mistakes in the lyrics however:
    a- instead of “brightness of day” it should be “bright bliss”,
    and b- “people passing by”, not “bye”. thanks a lot!!

  • Curlieq says:

    I agree with previous comments that the D after the DC should be a G. :) Also, I found that on the “What a wonderful world” words at the end of the chorus, there is Am and F. While that sounds good everywhere else, I’m having a hard time feelin it, so I play C instead. It just makes more sense to me. :)

  • anita14 says:

    In the intro…instead of G, shouldn’t it be Cmaj
    Like C Cmaj Am F

  • rane_ann711 says:

    love this song!!!!!!!!

  • uke man says:

    i did this song for a party and everyone loved it thx

  • Uku gal says:

    In the intro if you go
    C. Em. Am. F. C. G. Am. Fadd9. F.
    It sounds a lot better and try using dduududduudu through the whole song. If you keep that progression the exit sounds much better.

  • luna says:

    this song sounds so good :) i sang it to my older bro on his birthday

  • # says:

    I❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤this song.It is so easy.I played it for my family

  • Maddie says:

    it is a great song to play, but it is kinda hard to sing to it. I LUV this song…i play it so often. :*

  • Ogader says:

    Kauaigirl68 I tried making a tab and it went like this


    It’s still a work in progress obviously

  • pandaoxo says:

    love this song!!!

  • Lucie says:

    I came to this page expecting it to be really hard for me (I’ve only been playing for about a week) but it’s much easier than expected! Great song.

  • Khione says:

    I’m not a big fan of the oos and ahhs at the end, so I just stop after “why oh why can’t I?” and play the chords F G C with a slow down strum at the end.

  • MonkeyandChimp says:

    All due respect to Bruddah Iz, but he absolutely mutilated the words to Over The Rainbow. Can we please stop the senseless propagation of error and correct the lyrics and also give due respect to Harold Arlen? I mean, Iz didn’t due it for any artistic reason, he just got them wrong. They don’t even rhyme! Here are the correct lyrics.

    Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
    There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
    Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
    And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

    Someday I’ll wish upon a star
    And wake up where the clouds are far
    Behind me
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops
    Away above the chimney tops
    That’s where you’ll find me

    Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
    Birds fly over the rainbow. Why then, oh, why can’t I?

  • Colin s says:

    I just use a finger picking pattern cause I think it sounds cool, G, A, C, E played twice per bar. Also sounds good with (G,A), C, E, G, A, C, E played once per bar.

  • Dodgson_here says:

    Hey guys. This tab needs a little love. There are some serious issues with the spacing in the wonderful world section where chords fall on entirely different words in the lyrics if you listen to the recording by Iz. Please also note there is a tragically incorrect chord on “I… I love you”. It currently reads Dm7 followed by D. It should definitely be Dm7 moving to G. This is the most consistent song in the top ten list every week and one of the first songs many people try to learn when they play Uke. Let’s make it super accurate!

  • the_chicken_cow says:

    thx so much. took first place at my school talent show with this. also a good song for noobs to the uke

  • Annie says:

    I just want to say it was always my dream to meet him and I never did but I am glad I learned this song!!!!!!!!!!! ;) :)

  • Anonymous says:

    thank the lord that someone understands (MonkeyandChimp + Dodgson_here)


    How can I hear the song being played by this musician? I tried to click on everything but I do not hear anything.

  • Vermonty says:

    This is such a great, beautiful and yet simple song that I really love! Thank you for making it easy and great to learn!
    If you want listen to the song, search videos for it! :)

  • Vermonty says:

    I just agree with others that Dm7 to D should be Dm7 to G in the line- I… I love you

  • thebgruppen says:

    try listening to it on grooveshark

  • harleythecat says:

    I love this song but there was a mistake in the lyrics. Its not “the brightness of day, I like he dark” I believe its “The bright blessed day, dark sacred night” Again awesome song and easy o play too! ;)

  • ukegeek44 says:

    Love this song so much! I’m totally gonna perform it for a concert or something..c.co

  • RancorRadiated says:

    Make more songs like “Oh, What a Life” – American Authors or maybe Filipino songs like “Narda” – Kamikazee

  • hewhoshallnotbenamed says:

    Great song, love the mashup but there are a lot of wrong lyrics. I would suggest searching the actual lyrics to Over the Rainbow and just writing this all down on paper.

  • My uke is called Uky says:

    I laughed at how this is rated 4/5 in difficulty yet it was the first song I learnt on the uke! Simple yet beautiful , I love it!

  • dougma says:

    I would recommend listening to the arrangement. It is on YouTube. The chords are correct. It isn’t a mash up of two songs. It borrows from them , but is a unique song.

  • Ukeluckiguess says:

    These chords don’t sound right, and my uke is totally fine. I just tuned and replaced all out the string and yet the chords are sound like they came from a Philip Glass song. Don’t get me wrong, though, because I love this song more than any other. Just doesn’t sound right to me…..

  • Iggyfofiggy says:

    This is great. A little high but I love it

  • nolahorserider says:

    This is one of my fav songs, but then I love all of IZ songs. LOL

  • uke900 says:

    hey everybody hows ur day been i love these days

  • Billy M. Katz :D says:

    whenever i play this song, i feel like im in hawaii. thx for putting my favorite song up!!!! :D

  • jazzislovejazzislife says:

    @Ukeluckiguess – Read some of the comments if the chords don’t seem right. I’m doing my masters of jazz performance right now at the U of T and these chords make perfect sense, according to music theory. It does take some time for new strings to be ‘broken in’ or stretched, and It will also sound better on a good uke. If you’re still not sure that these chords are correct, try chording these on piano, or transcribe a your own chart from the Iz’s music video from the 90s’.

  • I Kant spel gud says:

    This is such a good song for an twelve year old beginner like me! It sounds so nice too

  • Gary says:

    Bruddah Iz got the lyrics wrong (if it is assumed he was trying for the original lyrics), or maybe it’s a new song and he made them up. I look at this song like Ella Fitzgerald’s “Mack the Knife” from Berlin: it’s a new and brilliant song that pays homage the original.

  • DaFabEgg says:

    @Gary Actually, Bruddah Iz used Luis Armstrong’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and added in a little something special (What a Wonderful World). Adding on, Armstrong changed the lyrics for HIS version so that it would show some creativity; for the sake of art… just appreciate that this song really displays how Earth should really get along.

  • DaFabEgg says:

    My first comment also refers to
    MonkeyAndChimp. Just be happy..?

  • theman says:

    Best song ever. No other song better than this.

  • fq says:

    Pretty good interpretation, except for this part:

    F C Dm7 D
    They’re really saying, I…I love you

    Must be like this:

    F C Dm7 G
    They’re really saying, I…I love you

  • hejfksklsdfnsl says:

    There is an easier version online.

  • janaep1223 says:

    Normally I wouldn’t change chords on a song, but going from Dm7 to D is not the correct progression of you are singing it. (Which is usually done) I would change the Dm7 to a normal Dm, and the following D chord to a G. It makes it much easier to change and it fits the melody better.

  • L.Rose.E says:

    For I…I love you I feel that instead of a D try a G it sounds a little better. Thanks for the tab! Ive listened to this song since I was a kid and its always been my favorite!

  • geekgut123 says:

    i find it easier on world just to play a C

  • Mrtnbrk says:

    It’s so easy to learn like this (I’m a beginner) isn’t the uke so cool !!!!

  • Mrtnbrk says:

    It’s so easy to learn like this (I’m a beginner) isn’t the uke so cool!!!!

  • Nazamataz says:

    I wish that one time I could get through playing this song without tearing up. So many memories wrapped up in one songs.

  • Awesome says:

    I played this song at a talent show and it was awesome!! Everyone was telling me I did awesome and I think this is the best song in the world.

  • Username* says:

    ddu-ududdu-ududdu-udu this is the most similar to what israel does

  • anon says:

    This is literally amazing. By the way, instead of “I like the dark” it’s “and the darkness of night” :)

  • Hamish says:

    “They’re really saying, I…I love you” and “people passing bye” that is just careless but never-the-less, lovely song.

  • Aaaahah says:

    I love this song I played it like a lot of times.

  • aposey says:

    There is one chord that is wrong… They really say I… dm7 I… love you it should be G at the end not D.

    Update it Please. It keeps throwing me off.

  • Lily says:

    It’s not c, it’s cmaj7 and for the intro you’re forgetting fadd9. It should go | cmaj7 | g | am | f | cmaj7 | g | f | fadd9 | f

  • Lily says:

    | c | cmaj7 | am | f | c | cmaj7 | g | am | f | fadd9 | f | (repete once)***

  • UkuleleFlower says:

    For the people who are complaining about dm7 to d you can just not play that part and sing the words. It gives the exact same effect!

  • howawesome says:

    this song is AWESOME I teaching my self and this song really got me into it!

  • Hillbery says:


  • howawesome says:

    so fun to play and is a great song I love it

  • howawesome says:

    this song is so fun and cool really brings out my ukulele side lol

  • dekaka says:

    Great song came wait to play it in Hawaii some day.

  • MakayleeUkulele says:

    This version’s lyrics and some chords are off and very awkward, cool mash up but it just doesnt flow well and the lyrics make no sense at all

  • howawesome says:

    just played that song and it is awesome and very calming… to me at least

  • howawesome says:

    this is a very easy song to play and sing…this website has lots of great songs to try out I have done a bunch and have been able to play them

  • howawesome says:

    I keep playing this song and my family is getting annoyed of me and my ukulele lol:)

  • ukukuku man says:

    nothing like strolling down the beach with a joint and playing somewhere over the rainbow on the uke

  • lameyer86 says:

    The chord progression “F – C – Dm7 – D” is incorrect. That final D should actually be a G (or G7 to make it easier…it gives you an anchor finger). Other than that, thanks!!

  • Liz says:

    I know that the original key is a little challenging for female voice, so I figured out that the easiest keys to transpose to are either -4 for an alto voice or -2 for a soprano voice! -2 is a little trickier in terms of chords but it’s not too bad.

  • Lolukulelegirl says:

    Its not as hard as it says if you try enough. I’m 15 and I taught it to myself without any knowledge of chordson a ukulele

  • hippieheart says:

    omg thank u so much for this song it sounds beautiful i think i’ll play it for my mentor :) <3 <3

  • Jeff says:

    I’m the greatest person in the world on the ukulele.

  • Madrid says:

    This song doesn’t agree with me….

  • LunaLovegood says:

    I used cadd9 between the Am and f and it sounded really good!

  • Ell says:

    This song is excellent. I just don’t understand the melody tempo. The rest is easy.

  • Meg says:

    maybe i’m wrong, but i feel like the lyrics are wrong

  • hayden27873 says:

    i have only been playing a few months and it is still a lot easier than expected i really don’t get why it is a level four song it is easy (and that is coming from a beginner)

  • mbaconfriends says:


  • Person1 says:

    Wow love the chords sounds great and so easy to play! I am in love with it! I hope I can impress my friends with it! MUST PLAY!!! LOL

  • Tara Pooka Mevin says:

    I dont even strum dudes

  • Kaira says:

    This is a great song ? ?

  • bookwormcho says:

    Singing is a bit hard (female uke player here) but I love playing this. Now I just have to memorize it…

  • lol loveukulele says:

    gekaap I think you are right but I believe that D than C is a better choice than D than G but I guess if it sounds right to you then you play it your way and I will play it mine but I am 10 and I tought my self

  • lol loveukulele says:

    monkeyandchimp I do not like your comment on the song it was very rude IZ was awesome and it sounds better the way he sings it and I do believe that he was a great person and made that mistake but that is what makes him perfect and If you are not happy with that then go to some other websight and be rude there but not here go sing it your way mess it up but its the mistakes that make you perfect not the perfection if we were all the same wouldn`t that be boring I look up to IZ
    and that comes from a ten year old

    • arashikage says:

      Both versions are awesome. I prefer the Iz version though. Of the two versions Iz’s version has surpassed the original in popularity. When I am out and about with my ukulele It is the single most requested ukulele song I am asked to play.

  • Jc says:

    everyone commenting and saying that the lyrics are wrong, you are correct but it’s just what Iz sang when he recorded it. He probably didn’t know the lyrics that well and was improvising, or perhaps that’s just what he grew up singing, but either way, it’s such an iconic uke recording now that they’ve stuck.

    But definitely, go ahead and sing the correct lyrics if you like ? I often do. The chords and playstyle still works extremely well either way. peace.

  • UkuMav says:

    I agree with those who corrected the “I love you” bit. Should be: F C Dm7 G ; and with lameyer86: G7 sounds even better. (The D must’ve been a guitarian slip).

  • UkuMav says:

    I see where the lyrical originalists are coming from, so I play the “Iz” version and the “Oz” version. For MonkeyandChimp the final lyrics are:

    If happy little bluebirds fly,
    Beyond the rainbow. Why,
    Oh why, can’t I?

    (It’s fun to play with chords and tempo on this final bit).

  • Wes says:

    This song is so Beautiful that I almost cry whenever I play it.

  • Lilylovesherukulele says:

    Me and my mom love this song it honestly makes me tear up, cause this song describes me and my bff in a way! Well i just love this website sooo much!!:)

  • HARAMBE says:

    D D U U-D-U

  • Oensiqnrb says:

    Has anyone else noticed that the lyrics are completely wrong? In every verse they’re messed up. Also, the lyrics from what a wonderful world are in here.

    • arashikage says:

      The lyrics are correct for the Israel “Iz” Kamakawio’ole version. Iz’s version is usually done as a medley with A Wonderful World. The song was done like this by Iz on purpose to create his version and to differentiate it from the original Oz version. The tempo and chord progression is different as well.

  • Slowmojo says:

    You should do the song “a little bit of pooberry won’t make it wrong

  • trabeler says:

    I am having a hard time with the strumming pattern, any help?

    • Smoky Quartz says:

      Dduudu seems to work really well for me. I’m pretty sure the original is played differently, but I’m a beginner and it’s close enough ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Grell Sutcliff says:

    I just skip the part in the middle that I don’t recognise. Great song

  • Matthew Hong says:

    Is there a “D” chord in this? I can’t find one.

  • Riley Taylor says:

    I’m new to playing ukulele so I am totally confused and this is hard. The last time I played this song, it was only four chords and this isn’t the way I learned it and I am very angry that I cannot find the way I learned how to play!

  • UkuleleProWoman says:

    Hello! To the author of this song, THANK YOU! I. Love. It. So. Much.

  • Boots says:

    This is really good, thanks for posting it! I just got my ukulele for my 12th birthday today, and this is the first song I’m learning. It’s so easy!

  • Ukegirl says:

    I don’t see the tab here, just the chords. Am I missing something? Thanks!

  • Malia says:

    The lyrics were wrong but a good resource for notes The D sounds a little off ;)

  • pandahope31 says:

    I’m playing D-chuck-U-U-chuck-U-U-chuck-U-U-chuck for the main part, and for the ‘wonderful world’ part, I’m using D-chuck-U-U-chuck.
    I don’t know if that’s the right way to play, but i think it sounds good, so you can try and judge for yourself!

  • Banana says:

    i use d d u u d u

  • ukecircus says:

    I’m with you ukegirl – and what is the melody to the 00000’s in the intro. It doesn’t seem to fit with the first two lines of the song so I’m bit confused.

  • Didi says:

    For the strumming pattern I pluck the G string then D, U, D, U, D twice on each chord. Hope it helps!

  • Melanie Martinez says:

    Hey, the Em in the beginning sounds wierd to me is their anything that might sound better

  • angel_anime123 says:

    Thank you A LOT!!!!! I have only been doing ukulele for 2 weeks and this song really impressed my dad, including myself thank you for the help! ?

  • Thomas says:

    You can use this strum pattern for wonderful world: D-D-U Chuck-D-U playing it like a tresillo

  • Baconlovr says:

    I love this song SOOO much. I’m new at the uke and this is actually pretty easy. Unfortunately I’m too self conscious to perform it for anyone

  • minicy says:

    In Art class, the classroom applauded when it was done, sounds beautiful and is easy to play, I definitely recommend at the “I…I love you” part, to replace the Dm7 with a Hawaiian D7 (fret 2 on the G and E strings) and the D with a G.
    When it comes to playing the song, don’t worry about strumming patterns, just listen to the rhythm in the original and play to that. Also, the ‘when’ on chord changes is definitely flexible, I do it completely differently in the What a Wonderful World section than what is written. Again it’s music, not math. Just do what feels natural and sounds right :)

  • Jada says:

    The easiest way to strum is the way most people strum every song and that’s D-DU-UDU-D-DU-UDU. It’s really easy and simply and most songs are played with that

  • Owen says:

    What I did was, DDU-D-DU.
    It keeps a calm tempo.

  • Dannydiver.dd says:

    Beautifly done.. I think if your timing is ok and you keep chords tidy you can put what ever chords suit your own voice. I play it as most people have said and agree with the g at the end although I sometimes change the key if I’m playing with someone. Peace and love. Dan

  • tito says:

    what is the best version of this song/ which one should i transpose to?

  • YaBoui says:

    Try DD-UU-D

  • Mr. Aaron's Tube says:

    I use DDUUDU and no chucks. E7 is hard for me.

  • user says:

    Instead of using a G chord int the chorus, I use a G7. Hopefully this helps

  • Natalie says:

    It’s also supposed to be “they’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know” in the Wonderful World section.

  • Nate says:

    If you have a low G string, for the strumming pattern do a, P-DU-UDU. That’s Pluck down up up down up

  • sarahdaepic says:

    I do a *one and two and one and two and* beat and do a DUDUDU strum

  • GeeshBoyJ says:

    Iz’s nephew is my ukulele teacher.

  • Bob the Butler says:

    -5 is easy

  • Olivia says:

    This song is super easy, but I can’t do some chords like Dm7 and E7

  • Elsa says:

    Great way to learn an easy-ish song.

  • Grace da cat says:

    I know it’s not correct but I always strum DDUD DUD DUD really strange way to play but it sounds good.

  • GW says:

    and btw does anyone else have trouble spelling ukulele!! I do!!!!!!! anyway all good guys and guys the voice kids is my next competition wish me luck/11!

  • Angel says:

    Works the best for me

  • AgentJ says:

    I use D DU UDU but on the first down stroke instead of an actual strum across the strings I just pluck the first string with my thumb and it sounds really fluid and nice.

  • Gigi says:

    I use DD-Chuck-DDU and use the up to help transition chords since I’m just now starting to learn

  • Leandra says:

    Do you just play every chord once or twice until the next one comes?

  • robertjzhao says:

    I use this strumming pattern:
    (Pick G string) D U (Chuck) U D U

    It’s easy, and sounds a lot like the way IZ strums.

  • Uke Girl says:

    I hope that everyone really understands the meaning of this song one day, and there is peace instead of war. Choose ukes instead of nukes <3

  • Kala player says:

    I played ober the rainbow with singing it but it did not sound have you guys done it with messing up or have really good

  • Kala player says:

    Whay kind of ukulele do you have i have a kala

  • JackSetrak says:

    I recommend at least for the Wonderful World part, that you use G7 instead of G. Gives the song a much more traditional Hawaiian sound.

  • Paco says:

    I use DU and the hit all the strings y’all should hear how it sounds like i really like this one but y’all’s is good to

  • Nikki Misi says:

    This is a very nice song and I highly recommend it. It is a nice song and has easy cords. In this song is talks about Hawaii and it’s beautiful features ( Due to the artist being born and raised in Hawaii). It has such a great tune. Just reading and singing these words really make you feel like your in Hawaii. Not only that but I think that the Artist really tried his best in describing Hawaii and what he saw around him.

  • Valaraukar says:

    Hi guys ^^
    am i the only one who plays instead of the first down, as in DDUUDU, just the G-string with my thumb?
    Just curious, cuz to me it sounds a little more entertaining/colorful :P
    Not sure if it’s harder to play, never played it any other way…
    Would be cool to know what you think!?

  • Ukulele girl says:

    I use dduud,dduud

  • phan says:

    I replace the lyric “I like the dark” with “darkness of night”, I think it works better

  • ukutab25cass says:

    I really like how challenging this song is. I’m only 11 and I got my ukulele last Christmas and I sure am gad they made this app.

  • ukutab25cass says:

    I really like how challenging this song is. I’m only 11 and I got my ukulele last Christmas and I sure am gad they made this app. I really am confident for my concert tommorow night.

  • Zoe Woodman says:

    They should add the song “heaven” by Kane brown! That’s my favorite song everrrr❤️

  • Alex says:

    I played it with the capo on the 5th fret and took it down an octave on my voice and I really liked it because I have a lower voice I love this song

  • matt says:

    I don’t know how to play ukulele

  • PILKO JNR says:

    The correct strum pattern is

  • Bryonna Gwendolyn says:

    Whats the easiest to play??

  • Rom says:

    I play it:

    Dm7 to Am

    It sounds better.

  • J says:

    it is so helpful and awesome thanks uketabs.com

  • MatthewTheMango says:

    I love this song!

  • iT'zVy says:

    Such a beautiful song.

  • oliviatheking121 says:

    it is so easy

  • Guacamole buster says:

    G7 sounds nice as well as G instead of D at the I i love you part

  • Faneva says:

    What do you mean by dududu? Sorry for my ignorance…

  • Dancefusiongirl101 says:

    This song is beautiful!! I love it!!

  • Uke Lover says:

    dududu means down up down up ect. it is a strumming pattern people will use for this song

  • Sleepless nights says:

    This guy had a great life. It was so sad when he died. RIP ISREAL K!!! He will never be forgotten ❤️ He created wonderful songs. It is such a good feeling to learn his songs!!!

  • (MM910) says:

    I use DDUDU.

  • Mmcc says:

    What is the u chored?

  • Oh Yeah says:

    I use DDU-UDU

  • 1234321 uku says:

    The U is not a chord because it stands for up and D stands for down for the strumming pattern. I am happy to help with any questions that you have.

  • Grant Davis says:

    Go watch The Ukulele Teacher’s video on YouTube, i also like to use DDU-CHUCK-UDU

  • Kainalu pauole says:

    My voice cracked when I was singing this song but thanks for the lyrics. Mahalo no ke kōkua ‘ana mai ia ‘u me kēia ‘oli. 🤘

  • Manu says:

    Try plucking the C string before each chord with “Somewhere over the rainbow” it takes a bit of getting used to doing it but it sounds awesome

  • coolstorm says:

    U is an up stroke, not a chord

  • Purplekoala5678 says:

    To me, the strum pattern sounds like DU slapUDU, but we all have our opinions.

  • Livy says:

    I really enjoy playing this song with my family. It brings back happy memories. :-)

  • Megs says:

    First of all, i think the D and the U are referring to the strokes. D=downstroke, U=upstroke.

    Second of all, am I the only one who noticed the flipPING STANZAS TO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SONG? or is that just my phone…

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  • Uke Guy says:

    If you tune your Uke to Hawaiian Tuning (A4,D4,F#,B4) it sounds much better because Israël Kamakawiwo’ole used this tuning.

  • orcadorka3 says:

    DDUDU is really easy!

  • patrick says:

    e7 sounds very bad here

  • Daniel nikolovski says:

    Is there a verse of “what a wonderful world” with the usual lyrics?

  • Daniel nikolovski says:

    Ummmm correction 3 verses.

  • Daniel nikolovski says:

    Not using this site anymore

  • Rhyatt dunn says:

    Is there an easier version

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