Can't Help Falling In Love Ukulele Lesson

Can’t Help Falling in Love by Twenty One Pilots Ukulele Lesson

Learn how to play the YouTube smash Can’t Help Falling in Love by Twenty One Pilots on ukulele in this easy to follow lesson with strumming pattern and chord boxes to help you learn.

Twenty One Pilot’s cover of Elvis’s Can’t Help Falling in Love has racked up just the 15 million views on Youtube. It’s quite a sweet song to play and Tyler Joseph does a great job on the ukulele. Let’s get to it!

The Chords

There’s 7 chords for you to go at although none of them are too tricky (see the chord boxes below).

The B7 might cause you a few concerns if you’re not yet comfortable with barre chords. If it does, you can play it an alternative way by using the same shape for the Em and moving all your fingers up a string leaving the bottom (A) string open. Other than that, there’s nothing too worrying here.

cant help falling in love ukulele chords

Can’t Help Falling In Love Strumming Pattern

Tyler uses a pretty relaxed down down up down up pattern with only a small amount of variation throughout.

Notice that the pattern is in 3/4 timing rather than 4/4 so you’re actually counting to 3 rather than 4.

You’ll need more of a swing feel to the rhythm than just playing it straight though. I always find it really useful to count a rhythm out loud when playing. I know you’ll feel a bit stupid, but you’ll learn it faster – and there’s a rule – if you say it, you can play it. What you’ll actually be counting will sound like 1, 2 and 3 and, 1, 2 and 3 and…

If you need a bit of extra help, just play video over a few times with some good headphones in (or crank up the volume).

cant help falling in love ukulele strum pattern

As I pretty much always say, once you get this down don’t feel like you have to stick to it rigidly. As long as you keep the general feel you can play around as much as you want, mixing the strumming pattern as you go maybe missing an up strum every once in a while.

Song Structure

There are just 2 sections to get to grips with, the verse and the chorus. Have a look at the song sheet below to get the order of the chords and you’re good to go!

Can’t Help Falling in Love Song Sheet

Lyrics

And finally for those that want to sing along, here are the lyrics…

Wise men say only fools rush in
But I can’t help falling in love with you

Shall I stay? Would it be a sin
If I can’t help falling in love with you?

Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so we go
Some things were meant to be

Take my hand, take my whole life too
‘Cause I can’t help falling in love with you

Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so we go
Some things were meant to be

Take my hand, take my whole life too
‘Cause I can’t help falling in love with you
‘Cause I can’t help falling in love with you

But I can’t help falling in love with you

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9 thoughts on “Can’t Help Falling in Love by Twenty One Pilots Ukulele Lesson

    1. Hey Doug, when counting out timing the numbers are the beats and the &s that you count between them are between the beats. As long you’re counting at a consistent speed and only counting to 3 then you’re playing in 3/4 timing. Does that make sense?

  1. You mention a song sheet for this in order to get the order of the chords, but I don’t see a link for it. Am I missing something?

  2. Thanks for the tutorial (and for the great site!).
    When playing a progression that moves from Em to B7 I like to play the B7 as 4320. Then when moving from the Em to the B7 I can keep the exact same chord shape and just move my fingers up one string. Just sharing what works for me….

  3. If you don’t like the 3/4 timing you could play DD UU DU. It still sounds very similar and can be an easier rhythm for some players.

  4. The lesson seems to have disappeared off your site. Is it really 3/4 time or actually 6/8 time? I query that because in my group our leader said its 6/8 time. Thanks also for your great videos. They are such a help.

      1. If I remember correctly and if you can see the sheet music time signature, 3/4 is in quarter notes (at a faster beat) and 6/8 is in eighth notes.

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