Ukulele Video Lesson - Movin Out

This ukulele video lesson is the ideal way to learn how to play "Movin' Out" by Billy Joel. It's a fantastic song, and even though most people think of the piano when they think of Joel, this song actually sounds remarkable when you play it on ukulele. While it might not have the same recognition as some of his other songs, it is still a fantastic piece of music, and it is well worth learning.

The Story Behind This Ukulele Video Lesson

To say Billy Joel is a hit making machine would be a massive understatement. He's been in the music scene since the late 1960s, and he released his first hit, "Piano Man" in 1973. Since that time, he's had countless hits making him the sixth bestselling recording artist on the planet and the third best in the US. He's had 33 top 40 hits, and here's one of the most impressive parts about that - he wrote all of them himself.

One of the things that separate Billy Joel from many artists, especially artists today, is that the majority of his songs told stories; they had narratives that make them interesting to listen to even beyond the music and the hook. "Movin' Out" is a fantastic example of this. It's about the work ethic of people in the United States and how many people work long hours and drive themselves into the ground as a means to show they've made it.

Billy Joel said that over the years, he's seen people taking jobs that they didn't want so they could fulfill supposed obligations and to do what they were "supposed to do". They were never able to do what they really wanted to do though, and he felt that was a shame. Ultimately, the song is about people wasting their life for material possessions without ever really becoming what they should be. As mentioned, Joel's songs are generally about something, and this one is no exception.

Something else about the song that's interesting is the sound of the car burning rubber toward the end - something you won't be able to replicate on your uke! The car was actually owned by the bassist in the band. He recorded it when he peeled out of his driveway, and they used that in the recording.

Learning to Play "Movin' Out"

When you listen to "Movin' Out", it can be a bit difficult to understand exactly how it would work on ukulele, but it really does sound great. Listen a few times and try to imagine what it might sound like. Since it doesn't seem like a ukulele song, the key to learning is with a ukulele video lesson that can help to make things a bit clearer musically. You will soon understand how it works, and will be able to pick it up without much trouble at all. So long as you take the learning process nice and slow, you should not have any trouble with it. Once you understand it, you'll wonder how you never imagined it as a uke song before!

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