Pack Up Your Sorrows – Clawhammer #Ukulele with Tablature

Classic 1960s folk song written by Richard Farina and recorded by him and his wife Mimi Farina (the sister of Joan Baez). This was their most famous recording before Richard’s untimely death in a motorcycle accident in 1966.

Tablature is included here for the break I played at the beginning of the song. After you learn it you might want to switch it to a different place such as after the 2nd verse. I put the break up front so it would be easier to find while you’re learning it.

It’s a simple song with easy chords that of course can just be strummed if you don’t play clawhammer style, and of course if you want to learn clawhammer watch my clawhammer ukulele tutorial.



Shady Grove – #Ukulele Fingerstyle Tablature

Note about the video: I recorded this as an audio MP3 in the days before video was common so the “video” is actually an audio recording. I would consider doing a video with chords and lyrics like the others I do if there’s enough interest, so let me know if you’d like to see it.

This fingerpicking arrangement of Shady Grove features simple chords as well as a melody that is easy to fit into this style. Notice that in every measure the thumb is constantly moving, alternating between the 4th string on the 1st and 3rd beats and and 3rd string on the 2nd and 4th beats. This is similar to the way Travis picking works on the guitar except on the guitar you alternate between bass notes on the 4th, 5th, and 6th strings. Although the uke doesn’t have booming bass notes like the guitar, it still works fine for this style of playing and with the high 4th string it has a uniqueness of its own that I like.

In this arrangement I have started out with the melody arrangement in the first 8 measures that could be used between any verses. The entire song is really just 8 measures that keep repeating. Beginning in the 9th measure the top tablature line is a fingerpicking pattern that is just repeated over and over. The tablature line below contains the melody of the song as you would sing it. This was added more as a reference so you could keep up with the melody as you play the fingerpicking pattern, but it can be played on the uke as well. It might sound pretty good to play as a duet if you’ve got a friend with a uke.



Cripple Creek – Clawhammer Ukulele with Tablature

The traditional song “Cripple Creek” arranged for clawhammer uke. I played several verses of the song with chords and lyrics with a break between most verses. After the song I included tablature for both a simplified arrangement with no slurred notes as well as the break as I played it on the recording. If you’re new to clawhammer or don’t know how to read tablature please be sure to watch my instructional videos on the subject.