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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    |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...

Someday i'll wish upon a star
G                                Am   F
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
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 

Someday i'll wish upon a star
G                                Am   F
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
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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Today is israel’s bithday and I played the song for him. I hope he’s watching. He died in 1995 and I feel true grave for him. :(


Hm. InTEresTiNg.




This is the greatest ukulele site discussion ever made

border patrol

u even uke brah


Is thaT A TwOsET rEf oR is thAt jUsT mE



Hanto Sero

I know I’m not the only one who found you guys on heather… but dang whassup.


my bros, hey… wassup?

Sksksk save the turts



That’s nice of you!



Chloe Morindo



that is a memorial for a true artist


Hey, what is the strumming pattern for this?


i use DDU-UDU

Braddah Iz

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


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!


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


The ukulele actually originated in Portugal and was brought to Hawai’i by the Portuguese immigrants that worked in the sugarcane plantations. What is sad is that even when you look it up on Google, it says it is of Hawaiian origin, quite the slap in the face to the Portuguese people who invented it.

Ukulele love

I know imagine being the poor Portuguese guy who invented it. He’s looking at us from heaven like, “come on man”


I think the Portugese people brought an instrument, wich was a little bit like a ukulele, but zhe ukulele was than developt in hawai. I dont know the exect name of the origin instrument.


Cavaquinho português

i put the bi in bitch

that’s because it sort of is, while you are partially right the ukulele is a mix of an instrument from Portugal and another from a place i don’t remember, some people made an instrument that was a mix of them and that’s how ukuleles were created, but i agree with you that it should be more well known

Derek Smith

The ukulele is based on the machete and is its own instrument. Saying they are the same is like saying that the guitar is a lute.

Damn right

But who uses it more and gives culture to it. Hawaiians.🤪


Ukulele means sand fleas. The hawians called it that because of the way the fingered of the Portuguese ukest’s (?) fingers jumped around on the strings.

ukulele haters

i have fleas, hbu?




Hey guys. Don’t give someone 488 dislikes just because they got a fact wrong.


Nah he was just being mean and condescending,


I have heard that called the island strum too. I use it whenI lay Tiny bubbles.

uke person :))

Yes, I use that strum as well. I like it very much but sometimes I confuse it with just dududududu


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

theinsanelycool jaredklienman

man you dont deserve the hates like really 25 dislikes why do people gotta be so mean?

ukulele haters

people these days are just :(((((((((

ukulele haters

no coop


doesn’t lead very well…

Layla V.



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.

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

What exactly do u mean by DDU and DUD?

chicken nuggets

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

ukulele haters

u know the name chicken nuggets could actually be really offensive to those who have pet chickens or are vegan/vegetarian, pls inform urself beforehand next time cause this might seriously affect someone’s mental health


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

Invisible Girl

D is down, U is up


D= down U= up


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


(DDU) Down down up (UDU) up down up


Just saying “use the island strum” for songs like this works. It’s legit the same pattern we’re all trying to say we use, but I personally have a hard time understanding the DDU method of explaining the strums. It’s easier sometimes to look up someone who can show the island strum to you once and then you have it forever in your mind.

ukulele haters

same bro, hmu



Zein Hakki

I guess just the island strum




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

MacLane Altemara


Grace lover

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


sounds just about right

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

ukulele haters

i see you like down…. are you down to… ;)

Moises Acero
Its Open G (preferably low G) (this guy also adds C) DU MUTE UDU



Kev G

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


I use DD-UDU

theinsanelycool jaredklienman

you dont deserve the dislikes like it your choice which strumming pattern


D du udu




C UDXUDU sounds cool with this song


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.


omg thank u finally someone asks


Ddu ddu


I use ddud i’ts the best for this song


Up up down up down up


Down down up up down up

Is what I meant


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

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

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. :))


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 the informal and look at the 5th collum down after it says notes. You can then hit the plus or minus buttons and see that the notes in the song change. As for strumming pattern you kind of have to figure out what you think sounds good with the song. For this song ONE option is to strum down down up up down up or DUD UDU. If that is to tricky you can simply by doing only down strum. You can also try not thinking about your strumming hand and just going with the flow! Hope this helps

Sarah Brown

Hey! Don’t feel bad about anything! Ukutabs is a place to learn. The minus and plus thing is quite simple actually. If you scroll to the top of the page you’ll see an area where you can “transpose“ the chords in the song to different keys. Hitting the minus or plus numbers in the transpose area will change the chords in the song to be either a certain amount of keys higher or lower depending on which number you pick. The main reason that people “transpose” the song is just to make the chords easier. If you have any other questions, I’m here to help!🙃
-Sarah Brown


Hey man! Don’t feel bad about being left out. There is always a point in time where we feel the same. I understand how you feel but don’t worry you will get better in time. There is a box below the title called “transpose”. + means to transpose up and – is to transpose down. I hope this helps.

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.

Flower of a million cats

No, you’re right! DDU UDU is the default, which can work with almost all songs if you’re not sure.


The strum Is DDU-UDU for entire song



S n a c k s

I used DD-UDU


i use DDUUD
its exactly the one he uses in the song

Hi :)

I just use a randomly acented DUDUDUD

theinsanelycool jaredklienman

you dont deserve the dislikes (ive been telling alot of people this but its true)




I know you asked this along time ago but it’s just a simple down down up up down up


I use D-DU-UDU


If I’m right it’s, down. Down up. Up down up.


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


G7 fits great, agree




Ohhh, nice :o I was using a G there instead, but I actually like the sound of the G7 there better after reading that and trying it out :)


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.


;) thatta kinda nice to say


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.


thats soooo niceeeee :3


That is actually very nice to hear. I love it. Thank you for sharing your view!


Yea… Can you be quiet now? This website is to learn how to play ukulele, not be disrespectful to others. I know you’re probably gonna respond with some stupid reply, but just leave every else alone. You’ve done enough and it’s getting old. Like c’mon dude, it’s not funny and never was in the first place.


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


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

The King

Mine too.


Me too

peter parker

spider man strikes again


Please like my pet hamster he is dying


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


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


(in C major)


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


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

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

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