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!

aiden1pearce
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aiden1pearce

do you know why it called the”island strum”? Its called that because the ukulele originated from the ISLANDS of Hawaii.

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

Beane
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Beane

doesn’t lead very well…

Layla V.
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Layla V.

Thanks!

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 ?

Emma S.
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Emma S.

I see what you mean. But they’re not called swings, they’re called accents. And, it does give it a more island-ish sound. But which chords do you use DDU-UDU and which are DUD-DUD?

Goth human
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Goth human

What exactly do u mean by DDU and DUD?

chicken nuggets
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chicken nuggets

it means down down up and down up down. those are strumming patterns you can use

abby
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abby

DDU is down down up
DUD is down up down
basically the way you strum it

Invisible Girl
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Invisible Girl

D is down, U is up

Pam
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Pam

D= down U= up

elledonson
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elledonson

“D” means you strum down, and “U” means you strum up, hope this helps.

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

paul
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paul

sounds just about right

Emma S.
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Emma S.

Dudud is a good strum pattern but I like to add an accent to the second down. You should try it! 😊

So like this:
down up DOWN up down

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

Chicken_Nuggets
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Chicken_Nuggets

I use DD-UDU

Ernie
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Ernie

D du udu

Rob
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Rob

C UDXUDU sounds cool with this song

Potato’s.
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Potato’s.

I use DDU-UDU but on the first D I pick the g string instead of strumming. It also makes more time to switch cords.

6ix9ne
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6ix9ne

omg thank u finally someone asks

Ukugal
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Ukugal

Ddu ddu

Aistė
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Aistė

I use ddud i’ts the best for this song

Roy
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Roy

Up up down up down up

Roy
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Roy

Down down up up down up

Is what I meant

Maddie
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Maddie

As others have said i use DDU-UDU it is called the island strum i used this strum in music class for the song Lava and the strum also works really well with this song

Henry Vanderzanden
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Henry Vanderzanden

I feel so left out. ☹️ I am a newer player so I don’t know good strumming patterns. I also have heard some people talking about – and + things. I have NO idea what it means.

Gia <3
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Gia <3

Hey! I’m a new-ish ukulele player, and I have found that if I practice a strumming pattern whilst I hum to the tune, it’s easier to learn a strumming pattern. With time, I can just strum without thinking about it. :))

Lizzy
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Lizzy

Hey+ and – mean transpose. It will change the key that you play on. Have you ever song a single higher or lower to fit your voice without the lyrics? It is like that. You can transpose to change the notes you play and make it easier to sing, it just will not be in the same key as the original song. This song involves begginer notes so if you transpose it will make it harder to play, but you can still play around with it to find out what it is. Scroll up to the top where it says… Read more »

Sofia Carson is my idol
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Sofia Carson is my idol

I don’t know if this is weird but I do down down up up down up. Sorry I know I am not using the proper strumming patter thing but I have never taken anything so I am just doing what I think is right.

Elely
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Elely

Hey peeps! I hope you r all healthy in your homes and that somewhere over the rainbow we will get through this virus and all come out the strong people that we are! Wishing that you all have a good day and that you are all safe at home!
-Elely <3

Epic sauce
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Epic sauce

Suck my balls

TheGayestOfGays
Guest

Dude this person was just trying to be nice. You are a little troll and an idiot for saying that.
(this is to Epic Sause the person who needs manners)

savannah
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savannah

how about you

erin :]
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erin :]

thank you for the input, Epic sauce

Kuto~Chan
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Kuto~Chan

go home kid. why did the dude in charge approve this evilness please. also thank you Elely your comment is really beautiful and i appreciate someone reaching out. back to Epic sauce how bout you go .

Eley
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Eley

I agree with you and thank you for liking my comment, its been a hard year and I just felt like I needed to say this to people to make sure that they were doing okay unlike people like Epic Sause that make the year harder for us. Again I hope and pray for everyone😊
P.S. I dont know if my profile picture is different but if it is it’s because I got a new device I’m not a troll.

Eley
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Eley

Oh yay it didnt change on me

Elely
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Elely

Oop ;-; HOW THE HECK DID I EVEN SPELL MY NAME WRONG XD

Elely
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Elely

wow i really apprieciate that….. that made my year a whole heap better…..
why do people think that when they say something like that, they think it will mke people laugh? TELL ME

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

Guest
Guest
Guest

Agreed

Beane
Guest
Beane

Iz isn’t dead my friends. He is just watching his troubles melt away like lemon drops, somewhere over the rainbow. He lives on… in our hearts.

YeetmanD88
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YeetmanD88

;) thatta kinda nice to say

Alex
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Alex

he was and still is a huge inspiration to me. He got through life and also was very successful even with all his disabilities. Never let something about you bring yo down.

HansShouldBeSmacked
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HansShouldBeSmacked

thats soooo niceeeee :3

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

The King
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The King

Mine too.

Kesa
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Kesa

Me too

peter parker
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peter parker

spider man strikes again

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)

JushDon
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JushDon

ok before anyone else says the lyrics are mashed up and wrong just know that this is the ARTIST’S interpretation and the lyrics are all accurate and yes, It’s a Wonderful World is SUPPOSED to be in the song ok thank you for your time I rest my case bye

Marg
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Marg

But in the song, he’s not singing all these lyrics
I Just listened it and it’s not the same, there’s a big part hère who is not in the song (on Deezer)
Idk if it’s a short version or not but…

Ukey Dan
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Ukey Dan

There are two versions. One has no Wonderful World in the middle.

Anonymous
Guest

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!!!

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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