Hakuna Matata and Other Easy Ukulele Chords

The ukulele is an amazing instrument to step into the world of music with. It is small, compact and really portable. Not to mention that it is really easy to pick up and learn. If you’re a beginner who is trying to get into music and express yourself as a musician, then a ukulele is a great instrument to get started with.

Today we are going to look at 2 of the easy and nostalgic songs including Hakuna Matata that you can play on your uke and get your friends, family or even a crowd of strangers wherever you are to sing along to your strumming.

Why Ukulele is So Popular?

The small size that ukulele comes in lets you carry it around with ease and cheer up the crowd wherever you are. It’s an instrument that has spread all over the world and gotten immense love for the unique sound it has to offer. With just four strings it is really an easy and great instrument for beginners.

Hakuna Matata and Other Easy Ukulele Chords
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Easy to Play Songs on the Ukulele

When you are just starting out as a beginner in the ukulele the best way to practice is by playing easy songs that have the basic ukulele chords. The most common ukulele chords that you would probably want to master are, C major, D major, G major, E minor and A minor as well.

If you can play these chords with ease you already have over hundreds and thousands of ukulele songs in your repertoire.

Most easy and beginner songs contain just three to four basic and common chords that are easy to play and can be learned in no time. Having a mastery over these chords lets you easily learn almost every beginner song you will come across. Having some songs in your repertoire and learning to play them lets you also take song requests from people and play their favorite tunes.

As a beginner, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of songs you can start playing right off the bat and might not know where to start. Well that’s where we come in! We have gathered here easy songs for you to impress your friends, family and loved ones with your skills.

So without further ado, let’s dive right into it!

1. The Lion King – Hakuna Matata

Growing up, Lion King was almost everyone’s favorite animated movie. Well, it still is for a lot of people. One of the most popular songs from the movie is Hakuna Matata. It was loved and liked by everyone. It’s a really catchy song with a really catchy tune and lyrics too.

It’s quite an easy song with just 9 chords in use, which are, F, C, D, G, E, G7, Bb, Eb and D7. It’s pretty easy once you have the chord progression memorized and can move between the chords with ease.

F                F                C

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase

C             F          D                       G

Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze

(E)           Am            F                          D

It means no worries for the rest of your days

               C                  G7

It’s our problem-free philosophy


Hakuna Matata!


Hakuna Matata?

Yeah. It’s our motto!


What’s a motto?

Nothing. What’s a-motto with you?

Bb                          F

Those two words will solve all your problems


That’s right. Take Pumba here for example

Bb F C

Why, when he was a young warthog…

           Bb          F         C

When I was a young warthog

         Eb                                     F

He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal

                C                                     G

He could clear the savannah after every meal

Bb                            F                           C

I’m a sensitive soul though I seem thick-skinned

            Eb                F                                G

And it hurt that my friends never stood downwind

         F          C

And oh, the shame. He was ashamed


Thought of changing my name. What’s in a name?


And I got downhearted. How did ya feel?

Everytime that I…

Hey! Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!

Oh. Sorry

C            F                                        C

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase

              F            D7                     G

Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze

      (E)        Am        C          F                D

It means, no worries for the rest of your days

C                                G7

It’s our problem free philosophy


Hakuna Matata!

2. Stand by Me by Ben E. King

A classic song that is sure to melt your heart instantly. In just four chords, as long as you’re able to shift between them without stutters, it’ll sound amazing.


When the night has come


And the land is dark

                           C         D                  G

And the moon is the only light we’ll see


No I won’t be afraid,


No I won’t be afraid

                    C            D                 G

Just as long as you stand stand by me.


So darling darling stand by me


Oh, stand by me.

          C     D                  G

Oh stand, stand by me. Stand by me


If the sky that we look upon


Should tumble and fall

C                                     D                     G

Or the mountain should crumble in the sea


I won’t cry I won’t cry


No I won’t shed a tear

                 C            D                      G

Just as long as you stand, stand by me.


And darling, darling stand by me,


Oh stand by me.


Oh stand now

D                   G

Stand by me, stand by me.

G Em C D G

G Em C D G


Darling, darling stand by me


Oh stand by me

        C              D                 G

Oh stand now stand by me stand by me.


Whenever you’re in trouble


Won’t you stand by me


Oh stand by me

          C               D                 G

Waoh stand now stand by me stand by me

Final Words

Mastering anything takes practice. Before you show off your skills in front of others, it’s best to practice by yourself till you’re confident in your own skills. Nothing can be done instantly, so don’t be discouraged if you make mistakes, it is just part of the learning process!

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