Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Credited to Lennon–McCartney, but written by Paul McCartney.

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 29 Mar 2022Visits: 126Code: UL413

INSTRUMENTS: Rock Main: Any Others: Ukulele
Subjects: Repertoire • Beatles

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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is a song credited to Lennon–McCartney, but written by Paul McCartney and released by The Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles ( also referred to as The White Album ). It was released as a single that same year in many countries, but not in the United Kingdom, nor in the United States until 1976.

Paul McCartney wrote the song around the time that highlife and reggae were beginning to become popular in Britain. The tag line "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bra" was an expression that Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor, an acquaintance of McCartney, used.

The song is in the key of B flat and written in 4/4. The alternative version on Anthology 3 is in the key of A major.

My version is in the ukulele friendly key of G.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is in the The Daily Ukulele 365 Songs for Better Living book.

Strum a different song every day with easy arrangements of 365 of your favorite songs in one big songbook! The Daily Ukulele features ukulele arrangements with melody, lyrics and uke chord grids and are in ukulele-friendly keys that are particularly suited for groups of one to one hundred to play and sing.

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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement, Key of G

Updated: 29 Mar 2022

"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is a song credited to Lennon,McCartney, but written by Paul McCartney and released by The Beatles.

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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

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Harmonic Analysis (RMA) Worksheet for the song: "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da".

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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Updated: 29 Mar 2022

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is a song credited to Lennon–McCartney, but written by Paul McCartney and released by The Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles ( also referred to as The White Album ). It was released as a single that same year in many countries, but not in the United Kingdom, nor in the United States until 1976.

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Yesterday is a song originally recorded by The Beatles for their 1965 album Help!. The song first hit the United Kingdom top 10 three months after the release of Help!. The song remains popular today with more than 1,600 cover versions, one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music. The song was not released as a single in the UK at the time of its release in the United States, and thus never gained number 1 single status in that country. However, “Yesterday” was voted the best song of the 20th century in a 1999 BBC Radio 2 poll of music experts and listeners.

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Strum a different song every day with easy arrangements of 365 of your favorite songs in one big songbook! The Daily Ukulele features ukulele arrangements with melody, lyrics and uke chord grids and are in ukulele-friendly keys that are particularly suited for groups of one to one hundred to play and sing.

A Selection of Books & Reference Charts that are recommended for creating a solid foundation with your chosen instrument and music in general.

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Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard – C Tuning

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution

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Ukulele – Reading Music Series – Primer

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Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G – G C E A

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for G Tuning, Low or High A – D G B E

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for G Tuning, Low or High A – D G B E

Key Signatures — Circle of Fourths and Fifths – ANSI A & A4 sizes

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