Ukulele Video Lesson - You Are

Ukulele video lessons are a perfect way to learn all types of songs on your favorite instrument, and that includes "You Are" by Lionel Richie. Sure, when you first think of this song, you might be wondering just how you could transpose it to the uke and make it work. While it might not be obvious at first, you can trust us when we say it sounds great. If you aren't familiar with this song by Richie, you are missing out. Let's learn a little more about the song and the artist.

A Little History Behind This Ukulele Video Lesson

"You Are" is one of Richie's most popular tunes. The song was written by Lionel, as well as his wife at the time, Brenda Harvey Richie. It appeared on his first solo album in 1982, and was the second single off the record (following "Truly"). The song proved to be popular immediately. In 1983, it hit the Billboard Top 100 chart's number four spot for two weeks. It went up to number two on the R&B Chart, and it hit the top spot on the adult contemporary chart. It even did well in the UK, reading number 43 on their pop chart.

While this is a romantic song to be sure, you will find that it's a bit faster and up tempo when compared with some of his ballads. This helps it make the transition to ukulele nicely as you will see when you start learning it. Here's something else that you probably don't know about the song. It features a backup singer that you might have heard of before. Richard Marx actually sang on the song as a studio musician before he was famous in his own right!

Lionel Richie is as beloved today as he was when he first started cranking out the hits, and his concerts sell out regularly. It is hits such as "You Are" that help to provide the artist with his longevity in the music scene.

Learning This Song

If you love the ukulele, as you surely do, it can still be hard to understand exactly how some songs will translate to the instrument. This is often true of songs that don't have the traditional uke feel to them. That doesn't mean that they will not sound great though. It just means you need to think outside of the box. Learning "You Are" is actually easy when you use a ukulele video lesson. It's a fantastic way to understand the way the music works and how you can make it work well for the instrument.

The song is not overly complicated, but it does have a number of parts you will need to learn. Take it slowly, just as you do with all of the other uke songs you learn. Learn it one piece at a time and then put it all together once you know the separate pieces. When you do it this way, you will find that learning Lionel Richie's "You Are" is easier than you might imagine.

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