Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World By Ukulele Mele


The Ukulele Mele song arrangement uses a smooth Pick in 4 Strum and is sung in the key of C with 20 ukulele chords.

You are invited to sing and play along the Ukulele Mele arrangement of Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World for the Fan Club’s featured “Song of the Month” for November. Braddah Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole made this medley popular with his reggae beat to the music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg in 1938 (printed sheet music in The Hawaiian Sheet Music Collection by Alfred Publishing Co in 2008).

My arrangement is different as I hear the medley in a slow soothing style of Pick in 4 Strum and sing it in the key of C with 20 chords. It is a challenging arrangement for advanced ‘ukulele players who want to build their repertoire.

Listen to the audio recording.

Schedule private webcam lessons to learn to play the song from wherever you live.

Why learn the Ukulele Mele Way:

  1. You can learn to form ‘ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain while strumming rhythm patterns taught by no one else.
  2. Song sheets including chords and lyrics are emailed to you. There is no need to read musical notes.
  3. Audio recordings are provided for you to play along with professional musicians who sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass (sometimes with drum machine accompaniment). There is no need for you to sing and play your instrument at the same time unless you want to.
  4. You can receive feedback from a professional educator and entertainer with over 50 years of ‘ukulele playing and entertaining experience.
  5. You gain an authentic Hawaiian cultural experience learning to play Hawai’i’s official instrument, the ‘ukulele, from a Native Hawaiian who teaches the old Hawaiian way.

Visit my online Fan Club to listen to over 100 audio recordings of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons via webcam or on Maui. Select the Fan Club’s Song of the Month or another song to learn during your lesson.

Have fun learning to Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way today!

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele


Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.