How To Play Hallelujah on Ukulele in 5 Chords by Leonard Cohen

How To Play Hallelujah on Ukulele by Leonard Cohen

Introduction

In this article, we’ll discover how to play Hallelujah on ukulele by Leonard Cohen. This song was originally released by Leonard Cohen in 1984 for his album Various Positions. The famous song is perfect to play on the ukulele.

However, his recording version of “Hallelujah” didn’t grow to be very popular. John Cale later recorded it in a covered version that proved to have more success than Cohen’s.

More importantly, Cale’s version triggered a strong impression on Jeff Buckley, eventually leading him to record “Hallelujah” in his seminal album Grace.

Jeff Buckley when record “Hallelujah” and made this song a classic, in a good part due to its inclusion in the movie Shrek. With that being mentioned, let’s learn to play “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen in ukulele.

How To Play Hallelujah on Ukulele by Leonard Cohen

Playing the chords

Take your ukulele and let’s start, the primary chord is C, simply place your ring finger on the 1st string third fret. Yup, it’s that simple!

For F, place your index finger on the 2nd string first fret, and your middle finger on the 4th string second fret.

For G, place your first finger on the 3rd string second fret, middle finger on the 1st string second fret, and the ring finger on the 2nd string third fret.

Then we’ve got A min. Simply place your second finger on the 4th string second fret.

The final chord is Em. Place your index finger on the 1st string second fret, the middle finger on the 2nd string third fret, and the ring finger on the 3rd string fourth fret.

by Leonard Cohen chords

Ukulele strumming patterns

You’ll be able to play “Hallelujah” with a strumming pattern, a fingerpicking pattern, or a mix of both. Though both the strumming pattern and the fingerpicking are easy, the strumming may go well with you better in case you are just beginning.

The basic strumming is down, down, up, up, and also you’re gonna repeat that for the whole duration of the pattern.

For fingerpicking, rest your thumb above the fourth string and rest the index, middle and ring finger on the top three strings.

Keep in mind that your index is finger 1, your middle finger is 2 and your ring finger is three. The pattern is 3, 2, 1; 3, 2, 1.

Add your thumb at each other 3 (at the same time as your ring finger hits).

Ukulele chords structure

Is it one of the best songs ever written? The choice is yours, for me, it’s undoubtedly up there.

The chords to reading while playing this music on the ukulele are below and in addition the video for the song so that you don’t need to go looking for it.

Verse:

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?

Pre-Chorus:

It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Chorus:

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you

Pre-Chorus:

She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne,
she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Chorus:

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse 3:

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to ya?

Pre-Chorus:

There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Chorus:

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse 4:

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool ya

Pre-Chorus:

And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Outro:

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Watch: How To Play Hallelujah on Ukulele

Conclusion

It’s simple for players to learn how to play “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen on ukelele. And it all the time amazes me how such an easy song can have an effect on culture and society so deeply.

With just some chords you’ll be able to play quite a lot of stunning songs for the ukulele, having fun with and sharing the beauty of music along with your loved ones.

Original live performance of song Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

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