Ukulele Video Lesson - Sailing

A ukulele video lesson for "Sailing" by Christopher Cross will make it easy for you to learn this song on ukulele. When you first imagine the song, it might be difficult understand how it will translate to the uke, but the results will surprise you. It actually sounds phenomenal when you learn to play it the right way, and the theme of the song certainly works well for the instrument.

The History of this Ukulele Video Lesson

Christopher Cross released "Sailing" in 1980. It was the second release from his debut album, and the song became an instant success. It actually won the Grammy for Record of the Year, as well as Song of the Year and Arrangement of the Year. Christopher even won the Best New Artist Award. Few artists can lay claim to that much success after dropping their first album.

"Sailing" cruised into the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States for one week in August of 1980. It also topped the charts in Canada and went on to do very well around the rest of the world. This helped to solidify Cross's place in music history.

Here are a couple of fun facts about the song. One of the things that makes this song even more interesting is it was one of the first digitally recorded songs. It used the 3M Digital Recording System during the recording process. Another fun fact is that even though Cross says that it is his favorite song on that album, it was not originally going to be a single. It took Cross two years to write the song from the time he came up with the chorus to where he had the bridge for the song. The song is about his memories of sailing with one of his friends in Texas when he was younger. It became a very popular song in the musical subgenre called yacht rock.

Many other artists liked the song as well, and wanted to cover it. Some of the cover artists that you might know include Avant, Barry Manilow, and *NSYNC. While each of the covers has a certain charm and uniqueness to it, if you are going to be playing the song on ukulele with this video lesson, it's a much better idea to listen to the original and to have that in your head while you are learning.

Learning this song

The popularity for "Sailing" endures today, and now you can learn it on ukulele. There are a few parts of the song that might sound a bit complicated when you hear the original version. It's not as difficult on ukulele as you might think, so long as you take the time to learn the sections separately before trying to put it all together. It has a wonderful melody, and once you learn the chords and the patterns, you will be able to put your own spin on the song to really make it your own.

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