Ukulele Video Lesson - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

This ukulele video lesson is the best way to learn how to play this amazing song, I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, by Elton John. Elton John is one of the most popular artists to have ever graced a piano, and he's had an endless stream of hits through the years. Some of his top songs include "Crocodile Rock", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", and "Daniel". This song, I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, is one of his most famous sad love songs, and it sounds simply stunning when you play it on the ukulele.

About This Ukulele Video Lesson

While Elton John is a wonderful artist and a consummate performer, he’s not the writer of his songs. He has a lyricist names Bernie Taupin who is responsible for the lyrics we all sing along with every time Elton comes on the radio. Bernie wrote “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” as something of a love letter to his wife at the time. The song also happens to mark the reunion of Elton and Bernie, who had taken a break from working with one another for a few years.

The song is a ballad with a beautiful sentiment, and it’s a great love song that happens to sound quite nice on the ukulele, even though it might not be the first song that you think of when you are playing this instrument. As an interesting side note, on Elton John’s recording, it was actually Stevie Wonder who played the harmonica.


The song is not overly difficult to play, at least when it comes to the number of chords that you will need to know. They are mostly simple and straightforward. You will need to know C, G, F, Bm, Em, Am, G7, B7 for a nice version of this song. Of course, as you progress, you can make some of your own changes to the song and throw in some picking and more. For now though, it’s better to keep things simpler. Follow the ukulele video lesson for the best results.

While it may not sound difficult, and it has just a handful of needed chords, it’s a little trickier than you might imagine if you want to do the song justice. The rhythm is unique to the song – Elton and Bernie were no slouches when it came to writing interesting songs that were both timeless and different from other songs out there.

Elton John’s version of this song is easily the most popular and most beloved. Listen to the original version to get the rhythm and the pattern of the song, and use the video lessons to see just how it will sound on ukulele. Once you get the song down, it will likely become one of your favorites to play and to sing along to. It also happens to be one of Elton John’s favorites.

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