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“Happy Birthday” ‘Ukulele Tab & Chords

One of the most widely known songs in the Western world, every player worth his or her salt should probably know Happy Birthday on ‘ukulele.

The weirdest thing about this song is that it’s actually in 3/4 time so be sure to count one beat short of the normal four! 1…2…3…1…2…3…

Included below are two keys so you can strum the one that fits your voice the best. There’s also an ‘ukulele tab that shows how to pick the melody of Happy Birthday. Both are pretty simple, but the picking in the key of F is probably easier.

You can find the chord diagrams for this song here.

Click the “PDF Download” link for a PDF version of the melody in the key of F. This is also the best bet for people more comfortable with standard notation “sheet music.”

Happy Birthday
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Key of C:

      C           G7
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear [PERSON]!
      C        G7 C
Happy Birthday to you!

A |--------|--------3--|--2--------------------|
E |--3--3--|--5--3-----|-----------------3--3--|
C |--------|-----------|-----------------------|
G |--------|-----------|-----------------------|

A |--------5--|--3-------------------|--10--7-----|
E |--5--3-----|----------------3--3--|---------8--|
C |-----------|----------------------|------------|
G |-----------|----------------------|------------|

A |-----------------8--8--|--7--3--5--|--3-------||
E |--7--5-----------------|-----------|----------||
C |-----------------------|-----------|----------||
G |-----------------------|-----------|----------||

Key of F:

      F           C7
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear [PERSON]!
      F        C7 F
Happy Birthday to you!

A |--------|-----------|-----------------------|
E |--------|--------1--|--0--------------------|
C |--0--0--|--2--0-----|-----------------0--0--|
G |--------|-----------|-----------------------|

A |-----------|----------------------|--3--0-----|
E |--------3--|--1-------------------|--------1--|
C |--2--0-----|----------------0--0--|-----------|
G |-----------|----------------------|-----------|

A |-----------------1--1--|--0--------|----------||
E |--0--------------------|-----1--3--|--1-------||
C |-----2-----------------|-----------|----------||
G |-----------------------|-----------|----------||

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By Brad Bordessa

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I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me