‘Ukulele tabs are a great way to learn songs. They are easy to use and don’t require any special music knowledge to read. All you need to be familiar with is the tune of the song, since rhythm isn’t something a tab can convey.
This page features several different tab formats: monospace font text document, the old-school way to achieve string lines and fret numbers with text characters; Powertab, an old freeware program that outputs tab along with the treble clef; and, finally, the program Guitar Pro 6, which creates high quality tabs with a variety of display options – my favorite.
The following are ‘ukulele tabs in Rock/Pop, Hawaiian, Jazz, Reggae, Soundtrack, Folk/World, and Traditional genres. Enjoy!
Looking for the chords to a song? They’ll most likely be on the ‘Ukulele Songs page.
21 Guns by Green Day
Better Together by Jack Johnson
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen by Carlos Santana
Casey Jones by The Grateful Dead††
China Grove by The Doobie Brothers (low G)
Daughters by John Mayer
Dreaming With A Broken Heart by John Mayer
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Solo Arr.)
Heaven by the Los Lonely Boys
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
If I Had Eyes by Jack Johnson
Imagine (Solo Arr.) by John Lennon
Love of my Life by Carlos Santana
Message in a Bottle by The Police
Moondance by Van Morrison††
Oye Como Va by Carlos Santana
Samba Pa Ti by Carlos Santana
Sir Duke as played by Herb Ohta Jr.
Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin (low G)
Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond††
Victory by Eric Johnson (low G)
Your Body is a Wonderland by John Mayer (low G)
Aloha ‘Oe – Queen Lili’uokalani
‘Ama ‘ama by Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole (Instrumental version)
Beachwalk by Herb Ohta Jr.
Glass Ball Slack Key (Turkey in the Straw) by Brittni Paiva/Herb Ohta Jr.
Hawai’i by Ohta-San (submitted by Glenn Reither)
Ho’onani I Ka Makua Mau (The Doxology) – Traditional
Kiss You in the Morning by Kalaeloa
Little Rock Getaway - Da ‘Ukulele Boyz version
Lovely Hula Hands by Troy Fernandez
Maori Brown Eyes by Palolo
Memories of You by Herb Ohta Jr.†
Pahala We Go by Herb Ohta Jr. and Daniel Ho
Pandanus by The Peter Moon Band
Together by Herb Ohta Jr.
Ukulele Boogie by Brittni Paiva
Picking Vamps – ‘Ukulele tabs for Hawaiian vamps in the keys of C, G, and F.
All of Me (Solo Arr.) – Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald
Autumn Leaves (Solo Arr.) – Joseph Kosma
Misty (Solo Arr.) – Erroll Garner
King Without a Crown by Matisyahu
One Love by Bob Marley
Bugler’s Dream (Olympic Fanfare)
Jeopardy – Theme show tune
Song of Storms from the Legend of Zelda video games
Star Wars: Main Theme and Vader’s March by John Williams
Super Mario Bros. by Koji Kondo (all parts)
Csardas by Brittni Paiva
The Leaving of Liverpool (Solo Arr.)
Nancy Spain (Solo Arr.) by Barney Rush
Rose of Allandale (Solo Arr.)
Tico Tico by Herb Ohta Jr. (low G)
Short ‘Ukulele Tabs/Intros/Ideas:
Sometimes I’ve got a piece of a song tabbed out for my own reference or students, but it’s not all the way finished. Instead of waiting to post it, I just put it up on a page of “‘ukulele tab excerpts”. Check it out for bits of “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix, “One” by Metallica, “Living in Paradise” by Daniel Ho, and more!
Years ago when I was just starting out on the ‘ukulele, the number of tab books on the market could pretty much be counted on one hand. Nowadays ‘ukulele players have all kinds of options for buying books of high quality tablature. This is a selection of the books that have grabbed my attention.
Other ‘Ukulele Tab Related Stuff:
- How to figure out songs for yourself
- Blank ‘Ukulele Tab Sheet (for tabbing out your own songs)
- How to Read tab
- How to Use Powertab
- Powertab Legend
- Currently, I am creating my ‘ukulele tabs with Guitar Pro 6. It’s available on Amazon for $35 and is worth every penny. GP6 gives you lots of options to configure the look and feel of your tab all while maintaining a very professional and clean end product. I highly recommend it if you are constantly making tabs and want an easy to use program that creates high quality tabs.
- Tabs in text documents are created in Word or notepad using a monospace font like Courier New.
- Pre-December 2012 tabs were made with Powertab editor 1.7.
Credits: Several people have contributed their tabs to this page. They are marked as follows:
† – Tab courtesy of Herb Ohta Jr.
†† - Tab by Jeromy Renynolds
‡ - Tab by Glenn Reither