Ukulele Video Lesson - All My Life

Take the time to explore a ukulele video lesson that will give you the techniques, tips, and information you need to perform this gem from Linda Ronstadt. “All My Life”, written by Karla Bonoff, was a very popular song when released, but it is not one that you would immediately associate with the ukulele. Still, when you hear it performed on this instrument, you can see that it really does work quite well and you will have some room for improvisation. The song also features one of the most memorable voices in the world – Aaron Neville. The duo collaborated on a number of hits in addition to “All My Life”, including “Don’t Know Much”, and their voices meld perfectly with one another.

They released the song in early 1990 and “All My Life” went all the way to the top spot on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and up to #11 on the Billboard Top 100. The song was popular with fans and music critics alike. In 1991, it received a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. People today still know the song after just hearing the first few notes.

The Dynamic Duo

Linda Ronstadt is the winner of 11 Grammy Awards, an Emmy, an ALMA, two Academy of Country Music Awards, and more. She’s one of the most beloved and recognized voices in the country, and she has an unending stream of hits, with “All of My Life” being one of the most popular. Over the years, she’s collaborated with countless other performers including Frank Zappa, Warren Zevon, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Neil Young. Of course, some of her most successful and memorable collaborations are with Aaron Neville.

Neville, one of the most popular R&B singers in history, has been working for nearly half a century in the industry. He has had four top ten hits in the United States and a career that would make most envious. Some of his most popular songs include “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “I Fall to Pieces”. Of course, many know him from two of his hits with Linda Ronstadt, “Don’t Know Much” and “All My Life” from the late 80s and early 90s.

The Songwriter Behind This Ukulele Video Lesson

While Ronstadt and Neville are the ones who get credit for the success of “All My Life”, they are merely the voices behind the lyrics. To be sure, their voices really are what made the song as popular as it is, but they would not have had a hit without the songwriter. Karla Bonoff actually started her career doing background vocals for Ronstadt. She went on to release a number of her own albums over the years, and some of her singles hit the top 100 charts. However, she is primarily known as a songwriter.

She’s written songs recorded by a number of famous artists. Ronstadt has recorded quite a few of her songs. Wynona Judd and Bonnie Raitt have both recorded some of Bonoff’s songs as well. She continues to make music today and her skill as a songwriter is even more pronounced.

Does It Work For The Ukulele?

Because of the relatively slow tempo of the song, you might be wondering whether it really works well for the ukulele. In fact, “All My Life” happens to work quite well. The chords are relatively simple to follow, and you can work in a strumming pattern that keeps with the original style of the song. Those who learn the song and who want to change things up a bit can always play around with the tempo. Go through the lesson and see just how versatile your instrument, and this song, can be.


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