Because the ukulele and guitar have so much in common, uke players like me, who started on guitar, are inclined to adapt their guitar skills to the uke. The result can be pleasing to the ear, and can even push the envelope for ukers, creating new styles and sounds in the process.
One popular guitar style I sometimes use on the uke is the alternating-thumb fingerpicking popularized by acoustic blues guitarists of the s, like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake. Travis-style guitarists play alternating bass notes with their thumb, on all four downbeats of every measure, while playing melodies on the higher strings with their fingers. Those thumb beats provide a steady accompaniment, taking the place of a bass player and rhythm guitarist. To get started, try a basic accompaniment pattern.
The pattern stays the same throughout. Use the indicated fingering: Thumb, index, thumb, middle finger. As mentioned, the thumb notes are on all four downbeats of every bar. When you play fingerpicking solos, the thumb keeps playing those downbeats, relentlessly, while the fingers pick melody notes. Most beginners to this style find that picking melody notes throws the thumb off track. Add the third bar, and so on.
How hard can it be?
There are only 12 bars to this tune! When you start placing occasional melody notes between the thumb notes, things get rhythmically interesting. This version of the same tune adds syncopation and some slides, hammer-ons, and other touches that make it swing.
Here are a few highlights of the following arrangement at right:. This article originally appeared in the Winter issue of Ukulele magazine. Home UkeTube Lessons and Advice.A Toye — Anon. Grade — 4. All Through The Night Grade — 3. Allegretto Carcassi. Aloha Oe Queen Liliuokalani. Andantino Carcassi — Grade 2. Andantino Sostenuto Giuliani. Arkansas Traveller. Aura Lee Grade — 2. Baidin Fheilimi. Banks Of The Ohio Grade — 1.
Barbara Allen Grade — 1.
Stewart's Ukulele Songbook
Beautiful Dreamer Grade — 1. Blow The Man Down. Blue Bells Of Scotland. Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine. Bourree De Visee. Bouree Krieger. Dance Renaissance 16th Century. Danny Boy — Grade 2. Deck The Halls — Grade 1. Drops Of Brandy. Ecossaise Giuliani. El Noi De La Mare. English Country Garden — Grade 2. Etude No. Gigue De Visee. Good King Wenceslas Grade — Beginner. Greensleeves Easier Version. Gymnopedie No. Home Sweet Home Bishop — Grade 3.
Jingle Bells Grade — 1. La Raspa — Grade 2.Search this site. Sites Dr. Uke link PDFs of song lyrics with ukulele chord diagrams. Audio recordings are available for many songs, so this is a great site for beginners.
Ukulele Underground Forums link Get yourself an account on these forums and immerse yourself in all things uke. Don't miss the Ukulele Tabs and Chords forum for some great songs to play.
It can transpose chords, and display chord diagrams for the ukulele. Crazydawg Tabs link Once you get fluent reading tab check out some of the excellent and full tabs on this site.
PDFs with chord diagrams. We may do some joint events with this group in the future.
Fingerstyle Ukulele Resources
Their song library is here. We'll be playing some songs from their songbook which is available from our lending library. Please check out their YouTube channel to get inspired, pick up some tunes, and maybe even learn some hula! Uke Sessions link Online magazine by Mel Bay, a publisher of ukulele books.
Includes a great turn-around. Campfire Songs link Camp songs, kids songs, and scouting songs. PDF, Kb, half-pages. Taunton Uke Club Books link 6 books. Sheet music for the melody, plus chords with chord diagrams for uke. Single Page Chord Chart link Chords on one sheet of paper. Chord Progressions link Chord progressions in any key with uke chord diagrams.A goldmine with dozens of free fingerstyle tabs at the intermediate level, alphabetized. Mostly popular and traditional tunes.
Tim Keough offers up many high quality fingerstyle tabs on his site and has YouTube videos showing how they are played and sound.
Some of his amazing classical tabs are posted here for free. His books see below are also highly recommended. Some real gems on this site. The Ukulele Site provides stunning performance videos of almost every ukulele they sell online. Now you can download tabs for some of those pieces here. Mixed bag of tabs, many of which are instrumental and most of which are relatively easy to play.
The tabs forum at Ukulele Underground has an enormous archive. Gordon Lustig has a bunch of nice fingerstyle arrangements and some duetstoo! This large collection of tabs has many fine solo and fingerstyle arrangements mixed in. Worth spending some time to sift through it.
Uke Fever. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address. More and more ukulele players are charging for their arrangements. Support a working musician! Jonathan Lewis offers a wonderful e-book of traditional Irish music arranged in the Campanella style.
Hear him play the arrangements at YouTube. She also sells a bunch of books on Amazon. Ukulele Mike Lynch is a YouTube phenom who also sells his tasteful arrangements for low dollars on his site. James Holding of classicalukulele. Her website has videos of the songs included in each. A few bucks will get you access to all of his lessons and eBooks. Practicing these is a great way to work on agility, speed and strength.
And knowing them will make improvising solos a lot easier. Hanon for Ukulele.
Scales are provided in each key and in both traditional and campanella style. This PDF is a treasure. The link goes to a post on the Ukulele Underground Forum. Jumping Flea Arpeggiator.We offer a broad selection free bass tabs PDF sheets to help you learn songs.
You can also resize the bass tabs which makes them perfect for viewing on an iPad, smartphone or other tablet. Bass tabs are a great way to help you learn a song exactly note for note, and to get down all of the little, but very important details that count.
To find your favorite bass tabs, click on the first letter of the artist or band name. Most artists and bands are alphabetized according to their first name, unless they are widely known by their last name. We hope you enjoy our free bass tabs!Fingerstyle Ukulele Lesson - Let her go - Passenger
Scroll down to view our free bass tabs, or click here to go to free guitar tabs PDF. All of our bass tab PDF is printable and downloadable so you can enjoy it for years to come. After browsing our selection of free bass tab PDF, view our video lessons to help you get started learning your favorite songs from start to finish. Our collection of tabs, guitar chords, and video lessons is constantly growing, so check back often to find your favorite songs!
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Bassists can learn to read music notation, chord lyrics charts, or bass tablature. In bass tab PDF, the songs display both the bass guitar tablature, and the music notation so you really do get the best of both world. Personally, I like to use the bass tab to figure out the actual notes, while I use the musical notation to help me get an understanding for the overall timing of the piece.Every ukulele player should have a few cool ukulele riffs in their back pocket.
One easy way to do that is to include ukulele riffs in your playing. A ukulele riff is a series of notes played within a song that creates a catchy melody. A riff can be played as a pattern of single string notes, or as a series of chords.
Often the riff is repeated several times throughout the song and is easily recognizable. So without further ado, here are 10 cool ukulele riffs with tabs below.
This fun riff is repeated over and over throughout the song. Like many ukulele riffs, this one has been transposed to a key that fits the ukulele, while still maintaining the integrity of the melody line.
This opening riff is played by the guitar on the original recording. Because of the tuning of the ukulele, the tab below is written so that the melody is played higher than the original key. This song simply requires a knowledge of the four essential ukulele chords C, G, Am, and F. The turn around riff follows the chords. Below are two different versions of the opening riff. A classic riff that has been played on piano, guitar, and now the ukulele.
All the notes are on the one string above the 5th fret which makes this an easy riff you can learn to play today.
This opening riff is the longest riff on this list. Within the popular TV series, there are reprises of the original theme music that are used to help transition between scenes. This is one of those transitions that is used often.
There are two tabbed versions of this popular riff below. The first is in the original key. Because of note limitations on the ukulele, the last four notes of the riff have to go up instead of down. The second version is a transposed version of the riff. It has the same intervals as the original melody where the last four notes go down.
Like most music, it is up to the individual artist to decide which version they prefer best. This catchy ukulele riff has a great rhythm and you can learn to play it in a day. Plus, most of your friends have heard this riff, and even hummed it a time or We hope you enjoyed this list of cool ukulele riffs to wow your friends and family. Be sure to check out Takelessons Live to learn more ukulele skills. You can also work with a local ukulele teacher to improve your technique. Search thousands of teachers for local and live, online lessons.A Toye — Anon.
Grade — 4. All Through The Night Grade — 3. Allegretto Carcassi. Aloha Oe Queen Liliuokalani. Andantino Carcassi — Grade 2. Andantino Sostenuto Giuliani.
Stewart's Ukulele Songbook
Arkansas Traveller. Aura Lee Grade — 2. Baidin Fheilimi. Banks Of The Ohio Grade — 1. Barbara Allen Grade — 1. Beautiful Dreamer Grade — 1. Blow The Man Down. Blue Bells Of Scotland.
Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine. Bourree De Visee. Bouree Krieger. Dance Renaissance 16th Century. Danny Boy — Grade 2. Deck The Halls — Grade 1. Drops Of Brandy. Ecossaise Giuliani. El Noi De La Mare. English Country Garden — Grade 2. Etude No.