- Ukulele Pop Songs Book Cover
- Ukulele Song Books Free
- Pop Song Ukulele Chords
- Ukulele From The Beginning - Pop Songs (yellow Book)
The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective currently uses a songbook assembled over our various jam sessions. To make sure everyone is (literally) on the same page, we have put together a canonical AUK Songbook which we now use. Each month we'll upload the newest edition, which will have the latest 3-5 songs added.
The Ukulele from the Beginning Pop Songbook (Red Book) is a great collection of 16 favorite pop songs, specially chosen and arranged for younger players (primary to early secondary school-age). The songs are simplified, and annotated with easy chord symbols, strumming and picking patterns. TWO CHORD SONGS - HOW TO USE THIS BOOK. People starting to play the uke will often want to start with the simplest of songs ie. Those that do not require many chords. There are lots of well known songs that only require two chords and there is a list on the following page but the chords are written in. Song title tags; 0. Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG) Beatles' Songbook: Beatles, Songs: 1. Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG) Children's Songbook: Songs, Children's music, Various.
- New songs are marked with an asterisk and songs that have changed significantly since the previous edition are marked with a cross. Ukulele Wednesdays Halloween Songbook 2019 – listen on Spotify. Ukulele Wednesdays Christmas Songbook 2019 – listen on Spotify.
- Below you will find the latest version of our ukulele songbook in pdf form. This contains all of the songs we currently play. Individual pages are available for each song from our google drive. We put songs that we are trying in our 'Workshop' area, this can be accessed from the tab above. The proven songs are in the 'Our Songs' tab above.
We recommend downloading the songbook and printing it at your leisure, one song per page. This way you can keep your personal songbook in alphabetical order.
At each monthly jam, we will provide handouts of any songs being added that month. If you have an incomplete edition of the songbook, email us and we'll bring you the missing songs at the next jam session. We will also maintain a few printed copies to loan out at jams for those who are new to the club or forgot their copy.
Below is the link to the most recent editions of our Songbook. Our club songbooks have been updated so that they should work better with digital sheet music managers such as OnSong.
|Allegheny Ukes Club Songbook Vol. 3||Part 2 (2/11/2020)|
|AUK Holiday Songbook|
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.
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.
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
Carlos Santana (Lead transcription & chords)
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
The California Ramblers (Solo Arrangement)
Van Morrison†† (Lead sheet)
Puff The Magic Dragon
Peter, Paul, and Mary (Lead sheet & solo arrangement)
Stairway to Heaven
Led Zeppelin (low G – Guitar parts)
Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones (Lead sheet)
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.
Herb Ohta Jr. (Note-for-note transcription)
Ohta-San (Note-for-note transcription)
Glass Ball Slack Key
Brittni Paiva/Herb Ohta Jr. (Note-for-note transcription)
Ledward Kaapana Slack Key Ukulele Tribute Medley
MIDI File Etude for Slack Key Ukulele
Little Rock Getaway
Da Ukulele Boyz (Note-for-note transcription)
HAPA (Note-for-note transcription
Pahala We Go
Herb Ohta Jr. & Daniel Ho (Note-for-note transcription)
The Peter Moon Band (Note-for-note transcription)
Herb Ohta Jr. (Note-for-note transcription/Solo arrangement)
Song For Shelly
Brad Bordessa (Note-for-note transcription)
Herb Ohta Jr. (Note-for-note transcription)
Brittni Paiva (Note-for-note transcription)
General purpose Hawaiian songs with lyrics are filed here.
E Ku’u Morning Dew
Eddie Kamae (Low G – Solo Arrangement)
Lovely Hula Hands
Troy Fernandez (Note-for-note transcription)
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World
Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole (Solo Arrangement)
All of Me
Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald (Solo arrangement)
Erroll Garner (Solo Arrangement)
Reggae Ukulele Tabs:
King Without a Crown
Matisyahu (Note-for-note transcription)
Merv Griffin (Lead sheet)
Star Wars: Main Theme/Vader’s March
John Williams/Uke Duke (Note-for-note transcription)
Ukulele Pop Songs Book Cover
Brittni Paiva (Note-for-note transcription)
The Leaving of Liverpool
Traditional (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.
Melody tab and song chords
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
You Are My Sunshine
Bing Crosby/Jimmy Buffett/Don Ho/Blue Hawaiians/etc… (Lead sheet)
- † – 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.
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:
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.
Numbers placed on the lines show which fret to press down and are read left to right. (“0” means open string.)
This shows the open strings being plucked one at a time from the top string down.
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:
For much more, check out this guide to reading tab for better understanding the lines, numbers, and symbols.
Where to Find More Ukulele Tabs
Some of the best transcriptions you can find anywhere are from Dominator. We’ve been working together to create a current index for his excellent work here:
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.
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.
Ukulele Song Books Free
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.
6ths Sense Video Course
Pop Song Ukulele Chords
Double-Stop 6th Harmonies for Ukulele
Ukulele From The Beginning - Pop Songs (yellow Book)
An intermediate-level video course about diversifying your lead playing.