Fingerstyle Ukulele Resources

Last updated: December 29, 2016

Here’s my ever growing mega-list of fingerstyle and solo ukulele tab resources. There are also tabs for a lot of my own arrangements on this site.

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Sites with Free Fingerstyle Ukulele Tabs

fingerstyle-rules.de

A goldmine with dozens of free fingerstyle tabs at the intermediate level, alphabetized. Mostly popular and traditional tunes.

Ukulele Secrets

Tim Keough offers up many high quality fingerstyle tabs on his site and has YouTube videos showing how they are played and sound.

Nalu Music tabs

The late great ukulele master John King’s website. Some of his amazing classical tabs are posted here for free. His books (see below) are also highly recommended.

Dominator Tabs

Large collection of high quality tabs, many with MP3 and/or video accompaniment.

Ukulele Dav & Arnaud.D Tabs

Some real gems on this site. It’s in French so I can’t tell you too much about it, but tabs and music transcend language.

PDF Minstrel

Huge collection of Roger Ruthen’s arrangements for both high G and baritone ukulele.

Michael Parmenter’s Classical Ukulele Tabs

Lots of PDFs of public domain classical music tabbed out for ukulele. Some low G, some high.

Sheet Music for Instrumental Ukulele from The Ukulele Review

The Ukulele Site provides stunning performance videos of almost every ukulele they sell online. Now you can download tabs for some of those pieces here.

EZ Folk Ukulele Tabs

A few dozen solo tabs of well known folk tunes. Very easy to play.

Ukulele Hunt

Mixed bag of tabs, many of which are instrumental and most of which are relatively easy to play. Recently, Al collected a bunch of beginner-focussed fingerstyle/picking resources on his site into one handy page.

Ukulele Underground Tabs Forum

The tabs forum at Ukulele Underground has an enormous archive. It’s not well organized, but if you’re looking for something specific, this is a good place to search. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for, ask and you will likely receive.

Gord’s Uke Blog

Gordon Lustig has a bunch of nice fingerstyle arrangements (and some duets, too!) on his blog.

Live Ukulele Tabs

This large collection of tabs has many fine solo and fingerstyle arrangements mixed in. Worth spending some time to sift through it.

Uke Fever

A fairly monstrous collection of original arrangements by “Putter”, organized by genre (popular, jazz/blues, classical, Irish…)

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Sites with Paid Fingerstyle Ukulele Tabs

More and more ukulele players are charging for their arrangements. If a few bucks doesn’t cramp your style, there are lots of tabs out there to buy. Support a working musician!

Jonathan Lewis offers a wonderful e-book of traditional Irish music arranged in the Campanella style. Hear him play the arrangements at YouTube.

Uke of Carl has several e-books that sell for under $10, ranging from Christmas to classical.

Stephanie Young offers a number of e-books and they’re very solid. She also sells a bunch of books on Amazon.

Ukulele Mike Lynch is a YouTube phenom who also sells his tasteful arrangements for low dollars on his site. He’s got some free ones sprinkled in if you poke around.

James Holding of classicalukulele.co.uk offers a free taster along with lots of inexpensive eBooks packed with high quality classical ukulele arrangements.

Wilfried Welti’s solo ukulele page offers a couple free e-books of solo ukulele tabs as well as several high quality books for sale at very reasonable prices. Ukulele Hunt has Welti’s 46 page Solo Ukulele for Beginners available for free.

Samantha Muir, an accomplished classical guitar player from Australia, has created four e-books of classical guitar study pieces arrange for ukulele. Her website has videos of the songs included in each.

Fingerstyle Ukulele Books

If I have the book, this links to my review. Otherwise, these go direct to Amazon.

Learning Resources

jons-ukulele.com

Jon’s Ukulele Site has some good campanella practice tabs as well as a couple of nice arrangements.

Curt Sheller

Curt’s site is gigantic. You’ll want to spend some time going through the navigation. Lots of free stuff as tasters, including a free weekly lesson, the best method I’ve found for learning the ukulele fretboard and an amazing book packed with practice material. A few bucks will get you access to all 580 of his lessons and eBooks.

7 Common Ukulele Scales

ukulelescales.com offers this free PDF with most of the scales you’ll ever need unless you’re doing jazz. Practicing these is a great way to work on agility, speed and strength. And knowing them will make improvising solos a lot easier.

Fretboard Roadmaps – Ukulele: The Essential Patterns That All the Pros Know and Use (Book)

Practice Drills

Hanon for Ukulele

Uke of Carl offers this 31 page ebook with 28 scales to hone your chops. Scales are provided in each key and in both traditional and campanella style.

Campanella Scales in all 12 Keys

This PDF is a treasure. The link goes to a post on the Ukulele Underground Forum. Ping me on Twitter or comment here if it doesn’t work and I can send you the PDF.

Jumping Flea Arpeggiator

Gary Jugert provides this epic piece of work for free. The full book is a whopping 62 pages of tabs that will “assist students in developing tablature reading skills, recognizing chord arrangements in standard notation, finding closed-chord formations throughout the fretboard, increasing left hand dexterity for chord changes, and building fluency with arpeggios and melodic movement in the right hand”. A huge contribution, and something that could keep you busy for weeks, if not months.

Curt Sheller’s site is mentioned above, but worth mentioning again here for his excellent free eBook of practice material.

Ukulele Aerobics: For All Levels, from Beginner to Advanced (Book)

Something Missing?

If you know of a great resource that isn’t here, please let me know in a comment.

11 thoughts on “Fingerstyle Ukulele Resources

  1. Frank

    Hi,
    just quick note during work: THANKS SO MUCH for your beautiful page. I love it. And THAKNS for mentioning my site on your links list. Just glad you appreciate it.

    Keep on Picking !!

    Best, Frank

    Reply
  2. Anne Wright

    Samantha Muir has inexpensive ebooks with classical finger style arrangements and one with sea shanties/folk songs (see Samanthamuir.com). She is also on You tube – 4Uke.

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    1. Matt Post author

      Thanks for the tip! Her books look great – I will add a link now.

      Reply
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  4. Matthew Richards

    What a fantastic article. It is amazing what the Ukulele can do. Such a versatile instrument. Here is my arrangement of a classical piece ‘Poet and Peasant Overture’ – Ukulele Solo – finger style – Melody:

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  6. Dee

    The link for the PDF Campanella Scales in all 12 Keys is no longer valid. Could you share?

    Reply

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