Ukulele Video Lesson - If You Don't Know Me By Now (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and Simply Red)

Ukulele video lessons to learn how to play songs, such as “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”, can be a fantastic way to boost your musical skills and to add a beautiful song your repertoire. One of the benefits of video is that you actually get to see and hear someone play it on ukulele, so you aren’t guessing as to how you should play it. Once you get down the basics of the song, you may want to take a few liberties, such as with the strumming pattern, to make it suit your desired style a bit more.

During the mid to late ‘90s, Simply Red was one of the most popular groups in music, and they have a number of hits under their belt. You are probably familiar with one of their other popular songs called “Holding Back the Years”. One of the songs they put out that went to the top spot in the United States was “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”, but what many people may not realize is that Mick Hucknall and Simply Red did not write the song. They covered the song.

Who wrote this song in this ukulele video lesson?

It was actually written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who were responsible for the “Philadelphia Soul Sound” of the ‘70s. The song is from the point of view of a person in a relationship whose significant other doesn’t understand that they are a good person, and that they are not doing anything wrong. The initial recording was released by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and sung by Terry Pendergrass. However, the song was actually written for Patti Labelle. She declined to record the song, but she did play it live quite often.

It’s a timeless and somewhat sad song, and at first, you might not understand how it will translate to the ukulele. Once you see the ukulele video lesson though, you will see what this instrument is capable of doing. It can take this already beautiful song and put a unique twist on it.

The song did well when it was initially released. However, the Simply Red cover is the one with which most people today are probably familiar. This was a massive hit for the band when they released it in 1989. It went all the way to #1 in the United States, and to #2 in the United Kingdom.

Simply Red were not the only ones to cover the song. In 2009, Seal recorded the song for his album entitled Soul. It became his first top ten hit since 2004, and it went on to receive a nomination for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy. Rod Stewart recorded the song for his 2009 album called Soulbook.

If you would like to learn to play a fantastic song that nearly everyone has heard at some point, then check out the ukulele video lesson for “If You Don’t Know Me by Now.” It’s a relatively easy song to learn, and watching the videos will make the process of progressing through the song much faster and easier.

Once you learn how to play the song, you will then be able to start singing along with it so you can get the full effect. It’s popular enough that once you start to play, your audience might sing along with you. It doesn’t matter that it’s a sad and slow song. It’s still very satisfying to sing.

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