ʻUkulele Tabs: Fingerpicking PDFs

ʻUkulele tabs are the easiest way to learn to pick a song. With just fours lines and some numbers, anybody – even if you don’t read standard notation – can make sense of uke tablature.

Below is a large collection of free ʻukulele tabs for a number of different skills and styles. They are all created (and in a couple cases, vetted) by me with an eye for detail and accuracy.

In each section, the tablature for a song is color-coded by difficulty:

These tabs have basic single note melodies, sometimes interspersed with simple chords. More easy tabs
Middle of the road ʻukulele tabs with more intricate lines, double stops, and techniques.
Difficult melodies, complex chord integration, note-for-note transcriptions, and subtlety.

Rock/Pop ʻUkulele Tabs:

These songs can often be found elsewhere, transcribed for guitar, but not necessarily arranged or tabbed for ʻukulele. My uke-specific interpretations follow.

21 Guns – Solo Arrangement
Green Day
China Grove
The Doobie Brothers (Low G)
El Condor Pasa – Lead sheet
Simon and Garfunkel
Europa – Lead transcription & chords
Carlos Santana
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue – Solo Arrangement
The California Ramblers
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Lead sheet
Elton John
Mack The Knife – Lead sheet
Bobby Darin
Moondance – Lead sheet
Van Morrison††
Puff The Magic Dragon – Lead sheet & solo arrangement
Peter, Paul, and Mary
Samba Pa Ti – Lead sheet
Carlos Santana
Stairway to Heaven – Guitar parts
Led Zeppelin (low G)
Tennessee Waltz – Lead sheet
Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones
Victory – Lead sheet
Eric Johnson (low G)

ʻUkulele/Hawaiian Instrumentals:

The songs found here mostly feature ʻukulele as the lead instrument. As such, most tunes are from Hawaiʻi-based artists I grew up listening to and emulating.

To me, these are Hawaiian ʻukulele “standards,” if not by song then by style. If you want to study the Hawaiian sound, this is the section for you.

Beachwalk – Note-for-note transcription
Herb Ohta Jr.
Body Surfing – Note-for-note transcription
Glass Ball Slack Key – Note-for-note transcription
Brittni Paiva/Herb Ohta Jr.
Little Rock Getaway – Note-for-note transcription
Da ʻUkulele Boyz
Memories of You – Solo arrangement
Herb Ohta Jr.†
Olinda Road – Note-for-note transcription
Pahala We Go – Note-for-note transcription
Herb Ohta Jr. & Daniel Ho
Pandanus – Note-for-note transcription
The Peter Moon Band
Sand Castles – Note-for-note transcription/Solo arrangement
Herb Ohta Jr.
Song For Shelly – Note-for-note transcription
Brad Bordessa
Together – Note-for-note transcription
Herb Ohta Jr.
Ukulele Boogie – Note-for-note transcription
Brittni Paiva


General purpose Hawaiian songs with lyrics are filed here.

Aloha ‘Oe – Solo Arrangement
Queen Lili’uokalani
E Ku’u Morning Dew – Solo Arrangement
Eddie Kamae (Low G)
Island Style – Lead sheet
John Cruz
Lovely Hula Hands – Note-for-note transcription
Troy Fernandez
Maori Brown Eyes – Lead sheet
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World – Solo Arrangement
Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole (IZ)


All of Me – Solo arrangement
Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald
Manha De Carnaval – Lead sheet
Luiz Bonfa
Misty – Solo Arrangement
Erroll Garner
Wave – Lead sheet
Antonio Carlos Jobim

Reggae ʻUkulele Tabs:

King Without a Crown – Note-for-note transcription
One Love – Lead sheet
Bob Marley


Jeopardy – Lead sheet
Merv Griffin
M*A*S*H Theme – Lead sheet
Johnny Mandel
Star Wars: Main Theme/Vader’s March – Note-for-note transcription
John Williams/Uke Duke
Super Mario Bros. – Note-for-note transcription
Koji Kondo


Csardas – Note-for-note transcription
Brittni Paiva
The Leaving of Liverpool – Solo Arrangement
Nancy Spain – Solo Arrangement
Barney Rush
Rose of Allandale – Solo Arrangement (low-G)
Mary Black
Streets of London – Solo Arrangement (low-G)
Ralph McTell
Tarantella Napoletana – Lead sheet
Traditional (Low G) (High g version)
Since so many of the folk songs people make ʻukulele tabs for are in the public domain, it’s pretty easy to find high quality, professional transcriptions. (Other genres are always at risk of being taken down on copyright grounds.)

Ken Middleton is as effective an arranger as anybody and has a collection of free bluegrass and Celtic style tabs available. He’s also published a few eBooks of transcriptions.


Canon (in C & D) – Lead sheet
Johann Pachelbel
PDF Minstrel provides a selection of great classical ʻukulele tabs.


Oh Susanna – Lead sheet
Take Me Out To The Ball Game – Solo Arrangement
You Are My Sunshine – Solo Arrangement


Mele Kalikimaka – Lead sheet
Bing Crosby/Jimmy Buffett/Don Ho/Blue Hawaiians/etc…


  • – Tab by Herb Ohta Jr.
  • †† – Tab by Jeromy Renynolds
  • – Tab by Glenn Reither

These ʻukulele tabs are in PDF format created with Guitar Pro, Powertab, or good ol’ Microsoft Word.

ʻUkulele tabs marked with “lead sheet” are Guitar Pro transcriptions of the melody, words (if applicable), and chords.

Fingerstyle “solo arrangement” tabs shown below include the melody interlaced with the chords, intended to be played by a single player and imply harmony and lead simultaneously.

These are my own interpretations, not necessarily a transcription of a specific performance. I try to keep them as simple as possible because I feel that it’s easier to add your own flavor than to sift through someone else’s style.

Note-for-note transcriptions” are ʻukulele tabs of a specific recording and transcribed as accurately as possible.

What is an ʻUkulele Tab?

Tablature (or “tab” for short) is a simple system of notating music. It uses numbers on lines to represent the frets and strings of an ʻukulele.

The main advantage of a tab over a piece of standard music notation is that there is very little learning curve. If you can count you can play from a tab.

Each tab system is made up of four horizontal lines:

A |-------------------|
E |-------------------|
C |-------------------|
G |-------------------|

As you can see by the string names on each line, the top line represents the A-string and the bottom line represents the G-string. The C and E-strings sit between.

Think of it as rolling the uke out and down flat on your lap.

Numbers placed on the lines show which fret to press down and are read left to right. (“0” means open string.)

A |--------0--|
E |------0----|
C |----0------|
G |--0--------|

This shows the open strings being plucked one at a time from the top string down.

how to read ukulele tab infographic
A |--3-5-7-3--|
E |-----------|
C |-----------|
G |-----------|

The above example is all played on the A-string: 3rd fret, 5th fret, 7th fret, 3rd fret.

Anytime you see numbers stacked vertically you should play them simultaneously as a chord. Here’s a C:

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

For much more, check out this guide to reading tab for better understanding the lines, numbers, and symbols.

Where to Find More Free ʻUkulele Tabs

There are lots of user-sourced tab sites that get a ton of traffic, such as the massive ukulele-tabs.com and even massive-er ultimate-guitar.com. While you can find most any song, be aware that the quality of these tabs vary with the skill of the transcriber.

That said, there are lots of really great sources of free ʻukulele tabs out there! My favorites for top-notch transcriptions are:

  • Ukeeducation.org – A large collection of simple chord melodies.
  • Ukulele Hunt – Al Wood does a good job covering riffs and intros/outros for a lot of pop/punk/rock songs. They usually include video examples/tutorials.

Other Tab Articles/Resources

Here are some links to information regarding how to read tab and other related articles.

Converting guitar and high/low-G tabs to the tuning you play in – How to shift the numbers around so you can play a tab that isn’t necessarily meant for your tuning.

How to Figure Out Songs – Being able to ear out a song is a very valuable skill. Here are some tips for DIY songs.

How to Read ʻUkulele Tabs – ʻUkulele tabs aren’t hard to figure out, but you need to know what you’re looking at to make sense of them.

Blank Tab Sheets

Create your own ʻukulele tabs! Quickly notate the notes to a song, picking part, chord sequence, arpeggio, scale, etc…

Use the standard notation version for relating notes on the fretboard to their pitches as they appear on the staff. Great for notating fingers on tab and note duration on the staff.

Blank Tablature

Blank Tablature and Standard Notation

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Brad Bordessa
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I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi, 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 jammed with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me