‘Ukulele tabs are a study in simplicity. Fours lines, some numbers, and the truth! Anybody, regardless of musical knowledge, can make sense of uke tablature.
This is a huge advantage that this format has over standard music notation: there is very little learning curve. What little there is usually has to do with orientation and then even the most beginning ‘ukulele play is off to the races.
Jump to tab genre:
The following ‘ukulele tabs are in PDF format created with Guitar Pro, Powertab, or good ol’ Microsoft Word.
In each section, the tablature for a song is color-coded by difficulty:
Rock/Pop ‘Ukulele Tabs:
Reggae ‘Ukulele Tabs:
- † – Tab by Herb Ohta Jr.
- †† – Tab by Jeromy Renynolds
- ‡ – Tab by Glenn Reither
Where to Find More Tabs
That said, there are lots of really great sources of free ‘ukulele tabs out there! My favorites are:
- Dominator’s Ukulele Tabs – Dom was one of the first guys posting note-for-note transcriptions online. Some of his stuff is VERY advanced if you need a challenge. Mostly Hawaiian and popular songs.
- 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.
- Uke of Carl – Video game, theme, and soundtrack tabs for solo ‘ukulele. Accurate and well formatted, but often “wordy” with lots of extra notes and chords that are very confusing to the arrangement.
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.
Blank ‘Ukulele Tab and Other Sheets – Print out a couple of these to make your own tabs.
How to Read Tab – ‘Ukulele tabs aren’t hard to figure out, but you need to know what you’re looking at to make sense of them.
How to Read Tablature – Quick Start Guide – A single-page PDF containing everything you need to know to get started reading tabs.
How to Use Powertab – A walkthrough of manipulating this old open-source tab program to work for ‘ukulele.
Tab Legend – A PDF of common symbols seen in tabs from hammer-ons to trills to bends.
Short tabs, Intros, Ideas – Excerpts from songs that aren’t complete, but worth sharing.