Wave ʻUkulele Tab by Antônio Carlos Jobim

Ah, bossa nova… Such a soothing style and so much fun to try to copy on ʻukulele. Here’s a tab for a classic tune called Wave by Jobim.

Bossa songs are not known for being easy, but this one is especially weird. If you stick with it and work your way through the chord changes, you’ll be rewarded with some of the smoothest sounds you can possibly play.

The “basic,” lowest-inversion ʻukulele chords for Wave are included at the beginning of the tab for reference. Alternate voicings might suit certain situations better or be easier to play than the ones shown.

The Dm7 G7 in the intro vamp can be repeated as many times as you like. It’s also lovely rest stop for catching your breath between rounds.

Since the melody is located a bit higher up the fretboard in the key of D, I relocated some of the notes across the strings for smoother transitions.

This will get you out of your comfort zone if you always play up and down the strings and also show you some ways to make the transitions.

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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