Ukulele Video Lesson - Everything I Own

This ukulele video lesson to learn "Everything I Own" from the band Bread can help you master this fantastic song in no time. Bread was an American band from Los Angeles, CA that mainly played soft rock, and they were extremely successful during 1970s. In that time, they had 13 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100. The original lineup for the band was David Gates, Jimmy Griffin, Robb Royer (replaced by Larry Knechtel in 1971), and Mike Botts.

The Story Behind This Ukulele Video Lesson

"Everything I Own" from Bread is easily one of their most famous songs, and it actually translates remarkably well to ukulele. The song, written by David Gates, was on Bread's album Baby I'm a Want You, which released in 1972. Many people who hear the song believe that it is a romantic love song, and while it's true that some of the lyrics could be taken that way, the song actually has another meaning. "Everything I Own" was written by Gates for and about his father after his dad passed away. He felt that his father had given him love, protection, and the drive he needed to succeed. Everything Gates had in his life he believed was due to his father's guidance.

"Everything I Own" went as high as number five on the American Billboard Hot 100, and it ranks as the 52nd song on the list for 1972. Even those who might not recognize the name Bread today will likely know this song as soon as they hear the first few seconds. It's one of those songs that seem to have the ability to transcend time and still remain relevant.


Bread wrote the song and was the first to record it, but it proved to be popular enough that a number of different artists have covered it over the years. Some of these are names you will surely recognize Jack Jones, Ken Boothe, Boy George, Olivia Newton John, Rod Stewart, Crystal Gale, Nicole Scherzinger, Vanessa Hudgens, and *NSYNC. Each of the covers retains something of the original while being just a bit different. Even though many of the covers are very good, there's nothing quite like the original. It has the heart and soul that really makes the song special.

These are just some of the artists that have taken a shine to this song over the years and decided to do their own version. Now that you are learning the song with this lesson, you can do the same thing. It sounds great on ukulele, and it not as difficult to play as some might think.

When learning the song "Everything I Own" by Bread though the ukulele video lesson, make sure that you first listen to the original song so you know and understand the melody and the way the song transitions. This will make it easier to understand the lesson and to learn the different parts. Take each part slowly and learn one at a time and then put them together.

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