Ukulele Video Lesson - Treat You Better (Shawn Mendes)

With a ukulele video lesson, you can learn “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes faster than you might have thought. Of course, right now, you might be wondering why you would want to learn this song on ukulele. After all, when you first listen to it, you might not immediately realize just how great it could sound on the uke.

However, if you listen to it some more and start thinking about what the sound of the ukulele could bring to the song, you will be excited at the possibilities. It really can sound phenomenal and there is a good reason for that, which you will discover shortly.

When you first hear the song, it might sound a bit trite and about a young man who is trying to get the attention of a young woman he likes. Of course, she’s with someone else. However, when you look at the lyrics a bit deeper, and when you pair them up with the video, you can see that they are a bit deeper.

The girl in the video is with someone who treats her poorly. She’s clearly not happy, which helps to make the lines like “any girl like you deserves a gentleman.” In fact, the official video even has a PSA about domestic violence. So, the song that might seem simple and cliché at the start actually has quite a bit more going on with it than many people think.

Some ukulele video lesson history time...

The song was written by Shawn Mendes, who also performs the song, as well as Scott Harris and Teddy Geiger. Mendes had worked with Geiger before, but it was the first time that the three of them would be collaborating on writing a song. One interesting bit about the song is that it was a reggae song right up until the point where they changed out the guitar for the demo.

You know that reggae music sounds great on the ukulele, and you can still certainly hear that reggae influence in this piece. That’s another reason that it translates so well to ukulele. It still has a very “island” feel to it, and you will find that this really holds true when you start playing it on ukulele. It is a very good fit for the instrument.

If you’ve been listening to the song all of the time, or if you are just discovering the song now, chances are good that you can’t wait to learn how to play. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult to learn this song on the ukulele as you might think. In fact, with a ukulele video lesson, you will find that it is actually quite easy to learn the song little by little. Just do like you would with any other song and learn one piece at a time.

When you are comfortable with each of those pieces, you can put them together. Everything will fall into place like a puzzle, and before you know it, you have a full song added to your repertoire. Now, keep in mind that since this song was originally a reggae song, you might eventually want to experiment a bit with the rhythm and the strumming, just to see what you might be able to do with it.

Once you have the song down, you can sing along with it if you would like. You could always have someone else do the singing for you if you want, but it’s easy enough to do once you know the chords and the rhythm.

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