Whether you want to jam out to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or “Hey Jude,” you need to become familiar with how to read ukulele tabs. Fortunately, once you get the hang of it, it proves surprisingly straightforward to read and write ukulele tablature (a.k.a. tab). Expect to progress at a rapid pace, astonishing your friends and family with your newfound song repertoire.
That said, mastering ukulele tabs could feel downright frustrating without a basic understanding of how the system works. You also need to understand its strengths and limitations. So, let’s dive into everything you need to know about ukulele tab.
Famous tunes adapted for ukulele abound. We’ve already mentioned two of them above, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Hey Jude.” There’s also:
- “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
- “No Woman, No Cry”
- “Sunday Morning”
- “Losing My Religion”
- “Dream a Little Dream of Me”
The list goes on and on. This gives you a taste of some of the awesome renditions you’ll perform as you progress through ukulele literature.
What do all of these songs have in common that’s central to learning tab music on the ukulele? You can probably hum most if not all of them. Right?
That’s a central concept when it comes to successfully using tab to learn music. Why? Because unlike standard musical notation, tablature does not express tempo (timing) and rhythm.