Ukulele Video Lesson - Lyin' Eyes

A ukulele video lesson is an easy way to learn many different songs, including classics such as "Lyin' Eyes" by the Eagles, one of the most popular bands in history. Most people know the song quite well, and you might even be humming it in your head right now. However, you might not have realized that it actually makes for a fantastic ukulele song! It works wonderfully on this little instrument, and it's not as difficult to play as you might think at first, so long as you take it slowly. Let's learn a little bit more about this song.

History Behind This Ukulele Video Lesson

The song, written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, was recorded in 1975, but it remains extremely popular today. This song proved to be one of the most successful The Eagles had (which is saying something given their litany of hits). "Lyin' Eyes" was the second single they released from their album One of These Nights. It went all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and it even went to #8 on the US Country Chart. This was actually their only song to hit the Country Chart until they released "How Long" in 2007, so that's definitely saying something for the popularity of the song. Most feel this song would have easily hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 had it not been for Elton John releasing "Island Girl" at around the same time.

Interestingly, there are two versions of the song. The version that hit the radio was much shorter than the version on their album. The origin of the song is quite interesting. In the 70s, Frey and Henley would spend time at a bar called Dan Tana's in Los Angeles. The bar was often visited by beautiful women, which was likely part of the reason they spent so much time there. During one of their visits, they watched a woman and a man speaking and flirting with one another, and that's the genesis of the song. They claim that it only took them two evenings to write.

The popularity of the song has led to a number of covers including those by Lynn Anderson, as well as Kenny Rankin. The song has a number of different musical styles and influences in it, including rock, country, pop, and even some folk music. All of these blend nicely, and that's why it had such broad appeal when it was released.

Learning to Play "Lyin' Eyes" 

If you haven't heard the song in a while, take some time to listen to the version by the Eagles. Now imagine how it might sound on ukulele. It might not strike you as a uke song at first, but it actually sounds great. Check out a ukulele video lesson to learn how to play the song, and take it piece by piece so you can master it. Learning slowly and steadily makes the process of picking up this song easy!

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