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.
A goldmine with dozens of free fingerstyle tabs at the intermediate level, alphabetized. Mostly popular and traditional tunes.
Tim Keough offers up many high quality fingerstyle tabs on his site and has YouTube videos showing how they are played and sound.
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.
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.
Huge collection of Roger Ruthen’s arrangements for both high G and baritone ukulele.
Lots of PDFs of public domain classical music tabbed out for ukulele. Some low G, some high.
A few dozen solo tabs of well known folk tunes. Very easy to play.
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.
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.
Gordon Lustig has a bunch of nice fingerstyle arrangements (and some duets, too!) on his blog.
This large collection of tabs has many fine solo and fingerstyle arrangements mixed in. Worth spending some time to sift through it.
A fairly monstrous collection of original arrangements by “Putter”, organized by genre (popular, jazz/blues, classical, Irish…)
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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!
Uke of Carl has several e-books that sell for under $10, ranging from Christmas to classical.
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.
If I have the book, this links to my review. Otherwise, these go direct to Amazon.
- 10 Classical Essentials for the Ukulele: Volume. 1
She has tons of other books too – click her name on this page to see them all.
- Jazz Chord Solos For Ukulele – 10 Standards Arranged for Tenor Ukulele (Book/CD with TAB) Note: These arrangements are for Low G tuning.
- Ukulele Chord Melody Solos: Tips and Tricks for Arranging Songs on the Ukulele
- Ukulele Chord Melody by Susan Howell – 40+ popular songs and some jazz standards in fairly simple arrangements
- Jumpin Jim’s Ukulele Masters: Lyle Ritz – and if that’s too rich for your blood, try Lyle Lite: 16 Easy Chord Solos
Jon’s Ukulele Site has some good campanella practice tabs as well as a couple of nice arrangements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you know of a great resource that isn’t here, please let me know in a comment.