Ukulele Video Lesson 
Believer 
(Imagine Dragons)

This ukulele video lesson is actually an excellent way to not only learn how to play “Believer” by Imagine Dragons, but to really dig down into the meat of this interesting song. It was originally released at the beginning of 2017, and was the lead single from the band’s third studio album, entitled “Evolve”. While there’s nothing like learning to play some of the classic rock hits on the ukulele, there’s no denying that some of today’s modern rock can be a great fit for the instrument, and “Believer” is no different.

Let's take a look at the song and band behind this ukulele video lesson...

Imagine Dragons is a rock band that manages to combine both rock and pop-like sounds into a unique fusion. Formed in Las Vegas, Nevada all the way back in 2008, the band had their first breakthrough album in 2012 – “Night Visions”. This album contained many songs that have become iconic, such as “Radioactive” and “It’s Time”.

Imagine Dragons followed up “Night Visions” with the release of their second studio album, “Smoke + Mirrors”. While this album did not have quite the impact of their first one, it did garner some critical acclaim and fans enjoyed it greatly. The band’s third album, Evolve, debuted in 2017 and remained on several charts for the first half of the year.

“Believer” might not be the critical hit that “Radioactive” was, but the song has undeniable pull. Not only is it fun to listen to, but there’s a deeper underlying message to the tune that’s all too often missing from a lot of modern rock and pop music that will definitely come through in your own music when you learn to play it through a ukulele video lesson. 

Dan Reynolds spoke about the purpose of the song, saying that it tied into his struggle with ankylosing spondylitis two years previously. For those who aren’t sure what that condition is, it’s a painful form of spinal arthritis. 

He told People magazine, “The meaning of the song is really reflecting on specific things in my life that were painful, whether it was anxiety and dealing with crowds, feeling overwhelmed by that or the success of the band, disease, going through depression – anything that was a source of pain in my life. And just rising above that, finding a place of perspective where I could be appreciative of the pain in my life and make it my greatest strength.”

The song was written by Reynolds, as well as several others, including Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, Wayne Sermon, Justin Tranter, Mattias Larsson and Robin Fredriksson. It debuted in March of 2017, and quickly rose to the Billboard Top 100’s #6 slot. It topped Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart, as well as several others, and has been popular since its debut throughout the US, Canada, Europe and other countries. It has even spawned a remix by Kaskade that debuted in June 2017. 

At your first listen, you might think that it would be difficult to translate “Believer” into something that could be easily played on the ukulele. After all, it’s a modern rock song and while it doesn’t feature a blistering pace, it definitely doesn’t sound like something that would fit just a single instrument.

Interestingly enough, a ukulele video lesson can demonstrate just how well “Believer” adapts to this smaller instrument. You’ll find that it can be played with just the uke, or you could play it with other instruments in accompaniment. However you choose to do it, adding this song to your repertoire is simpler than you might imagine.

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