Artist Israël Kamakawiwo'ole
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Note Somewhere Over The Rainbow and What a Wonderful World performed by Israël Kamakawiwo'ole.
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Intro:
    |C   G   |Am   F  |C   G   |
    |Am      |F       |

    C        Em       F        C
    ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo
    F        E7       Am       F
    ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo


C         Em                F       C
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
F       C                        G            Am   F
And the dreams that you dream of once in a lullaby...
   C         Em                F          C
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
F       C                         G                   Am   F
And the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true...


    C
Someday i'll wish upon a star
G                                Am   F
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
      C
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
G                                  Am           F
High above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me


   C         Em               F           C
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
F       C                           G               Am   F
And the dreams that you dare to, oh why, oh why can't I?...


           C        Em        F         C
Well I see trees of green and Red roses too
F                C         E7     Am
 I'll watch then bloom for me and you
      F                G                Am   F
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world
           C        Em             F         C
Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
        F              C   E7         Am
And the brightness of day, I like the dark
      F                G                C    F   C
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world 


    G                      C
The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
    G                    C
Are also on the faces of people passing bye
    F               C      F              C
See friends shaking hands, saying 'how do you do?'
F               C       Dm7             D
 They're really saying, I...I love you


       C      Em        F          C
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
F                   C    E7         Am
 They'll learn much more than we'll know
     F                 G                Am   F
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world 


C
Someday i'll wish upon a star
G                                Am   F
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
       C
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
G                                  Am           F
High above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me


   C         Em                F      C
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
F       C                        G                 Am   F
And the dreams that you dare to, why, oh why can't I?...


C        Em       F        C
ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo
F        E7       Am      F
ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-a-eh-a-a-a-a-a-a    
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Noah
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Hey, what is the strumming pattern for this?

lovesick
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lovesick

i use DDU-UDU

Braddah Iz
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Braddah Iz

I just use DUD-DUD and it sounds pretty similar to yours lovesick. Any reason why you chose that?

jewelsss
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jewelsss

Hey! I use DDU-UDU because it’s a strumming pattern I’ve heard called the “island strum”. Plus it also works really really well for this song, in my opinion. I think it matches with the song, anyway. lol I hope it works for you!

cooper
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cooper

I do DUD-DUD too I am so used to this I can’t do DDU-UDU but they sound the same

Emma
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Emma

I use a mix kinda between the DDU-UDU and DUD-DUD. I kinda just go with it. I also kind swing it a little (I think that’s the term for it). Where I strum down a little more… enthusiastically I guess… every other beat or something like that… I go DOWNupdown-DOWNupdown or it would be the DOWNdownup-upDOWNup….. Hope this was helpful ?

Nokkkk
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DDUUDU

Zein Hakki
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Zein Hakki

I guess just the island strum

Kesa
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Kesa

DDU UDU

Alister
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Alister

I use DDU-UDU. I think it fits the song.

MacLane Altemara
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MacLane Altemara

I use DDUUD

Grace lover
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Grace lover

I used Dudud
It works for me. I just go with whatever strum my fingers do and it works

Moises Acero
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Moises Acero

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8yvmTbruKzM&t=253s
Its Open G (preferably low G) (this guy also adds C) DU MUTE UDU

Matilda
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Matilda

DD UU DU

Kev G
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Kev G

IZ uses a plucking island strum. Which means *pluck G* DU-UDU

Russ
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Russ

The “D” didn’t quite sound right to me. I play a G7 I stead and that works well.

Artem
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Artem

G7 fits great, agree

Niero369
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Niero369

I just started learning ukulele and I absolutly LOVE this song!!!

doggo
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doggo

try playing summer of ’69
it’s one of my favorites

Kesa
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Kesa

Me too

Ellie
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Ellie

What would be the easiest one to transpose it to? I am new to uke and I need some help :)

Ben
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Ben

They key that it is currently in is the easiest for beginners.

Ben
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Ben

(in C major)

peter parker
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peter parker

spider man strikes again

Quacksons_For_EVERYONE
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Quacksons_For_EVERYONE

Hey can someone tell me how to transpose this or which of the – or + buttons to push to get this into a lower girls’ voice?

Maia
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Maia

-5 for alto voice.

Kesa
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Kesa

idk

Kaspeezook
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Kaspeezook

I personally preferred to play dm7 then a g instead of d. It flows up a little more than with a g7

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how do you read strumming patters lol, I’m new to this!

Anonymous
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I am just starting to play ukulele and my dad told me to play this song and I love it!!!!!

Mia Rose
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Mia Rose

same here!!!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Oh nice. I did same with G, just tried G7 and it’s much better, thanks! Yeah D doesn’t sound right at all.

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