Manhã De Carnaval (Black Orpheus Theme) ʻUkulele Tab

Bossa nova is a great challenge to play on the ʻukulele. Luiz Bonfa’s classic, Manhã De Carnaval is no different and provided many great lessons when on one of my students requested learning it. Here’s the uke tab I worked up that includes the chords, lead sheet style.

Manhã De Carnaval also known as A Day in the Life of a Fool or the theme from Black Orpheus.

Brush off your jazz chords because this tune will keep your fretting hand busy! I chose to notate the chords in the style of what you might find in the Real Book. That means you will see some symbols representing certain chords.

The little triangle means “major.” The circle with a slash through it is used for “half diminished.” Coupled with a number 7 it means minor 7th flat 5.

I used the English words in this tab because I’m not too hip on the Portuguese language, but if you want to use them, the melody is the same.

Manhã De Carnaval ʻUkulele Tab

By Brad Bordessa

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

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