Ukulele Video Lesson - Viva La Vida

With this ukulele video lesson, you will learn how to play, Viva La Vida, by Coldplay. Coldplay is one of the top bands in the world today, and they have a number of hits, including songs such as “Yellow”, “Paradise”, and “Clocks”.

History About This Ukulele Video Lesson

Coldplay had been a popular band with a slew of hits that reached the top ten charts up until 2008, when they released the single and album Viva La Vida. The title song on the album was their first song to actually reach number one, and it really was a long time coming for the band. The title of the song means “the life lives”, and that’s really what the song is about when you take the time to break down the lyrics and really study it.

The song was released as an exclusive on iTunes, and was even part of the commercial for the iTunes service. In addition to being a good song with a catchy tune, this help from iTunes – a juggernaut in the field of music – was what catapulted it into public consciousness and helped to give it the fame and popularity it received. It helped the album become the most downloaded album of the year on iTunes in 2008.

When the song went to number one on the Hot 100, Coldplay became the first group from Britain to reach that spot in more than a decade. The last group to do it was actually the Spice Girls.


While the song might sound complicated, you will find that you really only need to have a few chords in order to play “Viva La Vida”. The chords you need to know include C, D, G, and Em. With these four chords, you will be able to get through the entirety of the song without too much trouble at all. These chords are also quite easy to play.

If you already know and love the song, then you will have a good idea of the speed and rhythm that you will need to play. So putting the chords in the right order and getting the song to sound great should actually be quite easy. Of course, even if you are familiar with the song, make it a point to listen to it a few more times before you start trying to play it. It always helps to have the original fresh in your mind.

While the song is not overly difficult to learn to play, you will still have to spend some time making sure that you are able to do the chord changes and that you get the strumming pattern right. It may be fun to try out a couple of different strumming patterns to find the one that fits you and the song the best. As always, follow the ukulele video lesson to get the best possible sound.

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