Ukulele Tabs: Download Fingerpicking PDFs

Ukulele 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 ukulele 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.

If you’re specifically looking for easy tabs, follow the link for a collection of beginner-appropriate picking melodies.

Rock/Pop Ukulele Tabs:

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

21 Guns

Green Day (Solo Arrangement)

El Condor Pasa

Simon and Garfunkel (Lead sheet)

Europa

Carlos Santana (Lead transcription & chords)

Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue

The California Ramblers (Solo Arrangement)

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Elton John (Lead sheet)

Jump

Van Halen

Mack The Knife

Bobby Darin (Lead sheet)

Moondance

Van Morrison†† (Lead sheet)

Puff The Magic Dragon

Peter, Paul, and Mary (Lead sheet & solo arrangement)

Samba Pa Ti

Carlos Santana (Lead sheet)

Stairway to Heaven

Led Zeppelin (low G – Guitar parts)

Tennessee Waltz

Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones (Lead sheet)

Victory

Eric Johnson (low G – Lead sheet)

Ukulele/Hawaiian Instrumentals:

The songs found here mostly feature ukulele 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 ukulele “standards,” if not by song then by style. If you want to study the Hawaiian sound, this is the section for you.

Beachwalk

Herb Ohta Jr. (Note-for-note transcription)

Body Surfing

Ohta-San (Note-for-note transcription)

Glass Ball Slack Key

Brittni Paiva/Herb Ohta Jr. (Note-for-note transcription)

Hawai’i

Ohta-San‡

Little Rock Getaway

Da Ukulele Boyz (Note-for-note transcription)

Memories of You

Herb Ohta Jr.† (Solo arrangement)

Olinda Road

HAPA (Note-for-note transcription

Pahala We Go

Herb Ohta Jr. & Daniel Ho (Note-for-note transcription)

Pandanus

The Peter Moon Band (Note-for-note transcription)

Sand Castles

Herb Ohta Jr. (Note-for-note transcription/Solo arrangement)

Song For Shelly

Brad Bordessa (Note-for-note transcription)

Together

Herb Ohta Jr. (Note-for-note transcription)

Ukulele Boogie

Brittni Paiva (Note-for-note transcription)

Hawaiian:

General purpose Hawaiian songs with lyrics are filed here.

Aloha ‘Oe

Queen Lili’uokalani (Solo Arrangement)

E Ku’u Morning Dew

Eddie Kamae (Low G – Solo Arrangement)

Island Style

John Cruz (Lead sheet)

Lovely Hula Hands

Troy Fernandez (Note-for-note transcription)

Maori Brown Eyes

Palolo (Lead sheet)

Somewhere Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World

Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole (Solo Arrangement)

Jazz/Bossa:

All of Me

Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald (Solo arrangement)

Manha De Carnaval

Luiz Bonfa (Lead sheet)

Misty

Erroll Garner (Solo Arrangement)

Wave

Antonio Carlos Jobim (Lead sheet)

Reggae Ukulele Tabs:

King Without a Crown

Matisyahu (Note-for-note transcription)

One Love

Bob Marley (Lead sheet)

Soundtrack/Themes:

Jeopardy

Merv Griffin (Lead sheet)

M*A*S*H Theme

Johnny Mandel (Lead sheet)

Star Wars: Main Theme/Vader’s March

John Williams/Uke Duke (Note-for-note transcription)

Super Mario Bros.

Koji Kondo (Solo arrangement)

Folk/World:

Csardas

Brittni Paiva (Note-for-note transcription)

The Leaving of Liverpool

Traditional (Solo arrangement)

Nancy Spain

Barney Rush (Solo arrangement)

Rose of Allandale

Mary Black (Solo arrangement – low-G)

Streets of London

Ralph McTell (Solo arrangement – low-G)

Since so many of the folk songs people make ukulele 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.

Classical:

Canon in D (and C)

Johann Pachelbel (Lead sheet)

PDF Minstrel provides a selection of great classical ukulele tabs.

Traditional:

Amazing Grace

Melody tab and song chords

Happy Birthday

Melody tab and song chords

Oh Susanna

Lead sheet

You Are My Sunshine

Solo Arrangement

Christmas:

Mele Kalikimaka

Bing Crosby/Jimmy Buffett/Don Ho/Blue Hawaiians/etc… (Lead sheet)

Credits:

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

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

Ukulele 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 ukulele tabs of a specific recording and transcribed as accurately as possible.

Some of the best ukulele tabs you can find anywhere are from Dominator. We’ve been working together to create a current index for his excellent work here:

Dominator Tab Index

These tabs are mostly note-for-note transcriptions of epic uke songs for intermediate and advanced players.

What is an Ukulele 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 ukulele.

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 Ukulele Tabs

Free 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 almost any popular song on these sites, be aware that the quality of these tabs vary with the skill of the transcriber. Especially on Ultimate-Guitar, the star rating system can help you find the most accurate version.

A lot of ukulele tab sites copy/paste songs from elsewhere on the internet. Besides adding no additional value to the web and plagiarizing someone else’s work, if they’re incorrect, these tabs get perpetuated.

That said, there are lots of really great sources of free ukulele tabs out there!

My other 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.

Premium Tabs

If you have some cash to spend on buying a book of uke tabs, there are more options every day.

Since licensing popular music is a huge pain in the neck for small operations, you’re probably going to find most books of mainstream tablature printed by a major publishing house. Hal Leonard has put the most effort into expanding their ukulele lineup (and includes transcriptions for Jake Shimabukuro’s latest albums), but Alfred also has some options.

Independent artists are also publishing some of their work. Daniel Ho has a couple books of tablature and Daniel Ward has Arpeggio Meditations For Ukulele.

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 Ukulele Tabs – Ukulele 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 ukulele 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

brad bordessa avatar About the author: Brad Bordessa I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from an off-grid cabin 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