There is a Time – Clawhammer #Ukulele with Tablature

“There is a Time” was written by Rodney Dillard and Mitch Jayne and performed by their group, The Dillards, also known as The Darling Family, back in the early 1960s on The Andy Griffith Show. The most memorable performance was probably when Charlene Darling (Maggie Peterson) sang it. The Dillards’ version is straight-up bluegrass, but in one episode Andy Griffith played it and sang one verse in a very slow “folksie” style, which I really liked since it really highlighted the beautiful lyrics.


It’s become somewhat of a bluegrass standard and has been recorded by Alan Jackson, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and others.


My version lands somewhere in between The Dillards and Andy Griffith as I played it clawhammer ukulele style at a medium speed. I’m posting two tablatures on my site — one basic and another more advanced. Neither is “exactly” what I played but the more advanced version is close to what I played. I actually recorded the song first then created the tablature afterwards, trying to emulate on tab what I was playing, but not being too exact about it since I probably didn’t play it exactly the same way each time. I played the break four times on my recording, and if you happen to hear a sour note during the second break it’s because I flubbed it up but didn’t want to have to record it again. I figure if I played everything perfectly I’d probably be rich and famous, but I don’t and I’m not so there ya go.


If you’re not familiar with the clawhammer stye and want to learn it, check out my free clawhammer uke tutorial here…

Clawhammer Uke Tutorial


Dooley – Clawhammer #Ukulele with Tablature

“Dooley” was written by Rodney Dillard and recorded by his family group, The Dillards. They were also known as The Darling Family when they appeared on The Andy Griffith Show back in the 1960s, and this is one of the songs they played on the show. It’s been a popular bluegrass tune ever since.

I played it clawhammer style on the ukulele and you’ll need to know the basics of clawhammer to play it this way. Check out the four videos in my Clawhammer Uke Tutorial to learn…

Clawhammer Uke Tutorial

I am including tablature for the break that I played twice on my recording (at the beginning and after the 1st verse). I’m also including a simpler basic version with no bells or whistles. It might help as you’re learning to use the YouTube option to slow it down to half speed or whatever’s right for you. It’s not difficult but I played it pretty fast. You could learn it and play it at about half speed when you’re playing and it’ll still sound good.


The tab below is a stripped down version of the one above that was played on the uke video. It might help to learn the easy version first if you're having trouble with the more advanced one.