Ukulele Tablature

Simple Gifts – Clawhammer Ukulele and Chord Melody Solo

The beautiful old Shaker hymn arranged for ukulele. The audio file is done in clawhammer style. I haven’t done a recording of the chord melody solo but it’s an easy solo (beginner level) with nothing tricky so it shouldn’t give you any trouble if you’re familiar with the tune.



Here’s just the melody, which I used as the foundation for the arrangements:


Clawhammer Ukulele Arrangement:


Easy Chord Melody Solo for Ukulele:

Ukey Duel Dandy – Dueling Banjos for Ukulele – Clawhammer Ukulele Tablature

I recorded this tune about 7 years before I wrote the tablature when somebody asked if it was possible to play Dueling Banjos on the ukulele. I knew the basic tune of Dueling Banjos but hadn’t played it on the ukulele. As I messed around with what I remember of the tune, I came up with what I recorded on the video. It was more of an improvisation than an actual arrangement and for years people have asked me about a tablature arrangement and I’ve kept saying I might get around to writing it one of these days.  I finally got around to it, and although it might not be exactly what I played on the video, it’s pretty close.  I’m thinking about doing a measure-by-measure explanation of the whole thing in the near future. Let me know if you’re interested.

My 4-video series on clawhammer ukulele will teach you all of the techniques you need to know.

The first few seconds of the original video on YouTube seem to be corrupted and I don’t have the original backup. Sorry about that.


Last but not least, here’s the tablature arrangement that took me 7 years to get around to doing…

O Susanna – Clawhammer Ukulele

Another Stephen Foster classic, “O Susanna” works out well in the clawhammer style for ukulele. Sorry about the quality of the video. It’s an old video from about ten years ago and I haven’t gotten around to re-recording it since then.

There are four tab arrangements, with the first being the melody and then three levels of clawhammer uke arrangements including a beginner arrangement, an intermediate arrangement with slurred notes but no drop them, and finally an arrangement that includes drop thumb.




Clawhammer Arrangement #1 (Basic):


Clawhammer Arrangement #2 (Intermediate – Includes slurred notes but no drop thumb):


Clawhammer Arrangement #3 (Advanced – Includes slurred notes and drop thumb):

My Old Kentucky Home – Clawhammer and Bluegrass Ukulele

I’m including four tablature arrangements of this song — the melody, two clawhammer ukulele arrangements, and a bluegrass ukulele arrangement that uses bluegrass style rolls on the uke. I haven’t done a lot of bluegrass style arrangements for the uke but it works out well for many songs and if there’s any interest in it I’ll do some more in the future. Let me know if you’d like more of those.

As always, if you’re not familiar with the clawhammer ukulele technique you should watch my four videos that teach this technique.

The video is actually just my original MP3 recording from 2005 that I put in video format so I could upload it to YouTube. Since it’s a well known Stephen Foster song that’s now in the public domain there are no copyright restrictions so I may do a more in depth video tutorial on it at sometime in the future.



All of the other arrangements use this one as their basic foundation.


Clawhammer Arrangement #1 (Basic):


Clawhammer Arrangement #2 (Intermediate):


Bluegrass Arrangement:

This arrangement uses bluegrass-style banjo rolls adapted for the ukulele.

Under Honolulu Moon – Fingerstyle Ukulele

This is a song I co-wrote with Larry W. Jones back in 2002 (he wrote the lyrics and I wrote the music). I had actually never been to Hawaii but went in 2011 and again last week (November 2013 as I write this) so I put together some photos from both trips to go along with the song. I played a tenor uke for the audio when I recorded it in 2002, and this is that recording. Dedicated to my wife Linda, who has put up with me for the past 35 years.


I’m including my fingerstyle ukulele tablature arrangement for both the accompaniment and instrumental part of the song.

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