Black Sabbath – Iron Man

One of the easiest ways to make an audience sit up and take notice is to play a snippet of something they recognise and weren’t expecting to hear on the uke. It’s a trick that Taimane Gardner uses regularly and to great effect.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to tab out the top ten most recognisable guitar riffs for the uke. As far as possible, they’ll be in the key of C. Transpose them to whichever key you are playing them and insert them into a song or tune any time you think people are getting bored.

10. Iron Man (Black Sabbath)

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Iron Man midi

The slow tempo makes this seem like a very easy riff to play. But the slides in it make it tricky. You could replace the slides with hammer-ons and pull-offs but you’d lose some of the effect.

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  1. Jeff September 13th, 2007 2:12 pm

    I have seen several of her videos. Taimane is beautiful and plays the uke so sweetly and easily that it has become an extension of her body. In her video tico-tico you can see her at play, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyzYjrsiiv4 Her left hand dances over the frets with such ease while her right hand rhumbas over the strings.

    As a beginner with the uke I thoroughly enjoy seeing the ease of her play. She must have had thousands of hours of practice and instruction. what is Taimane’s story?

    Thanks for posting her and I look forward to seeing your other 9 recognisables.

  2. James September 13th, 2007 2:33 pm

    Can’t wait for more! This site is awesome!

  3. Woodshed September 13th, 2007 7:13 pm

    Thanks, James. I think it might be a regular Wednesday thing for a few weeks. (EDIT: I’ve changed my mind already.)

    Jeff: I don’t know all that much about Taimane. All I know is that she used to play with Don Ho and she’s a shit-hot player.

  4. amber September 14th, 2007 3:34 am

    Taimane has been playing since she was six. She started playing on the streets to raise money for charity at age 11. That’s how she was discovered by Don Ho, and she began performing on his show when she was 14. And at some point along the way Jake Shimabukuro was her teacher. But that’s all I know.

  5. Jeff September 14th, 2007 3:54 am

    Thanks for the info Amber.

  6. jake & a uke August 8th, 2008 12:08 pm

    Thanks so much for this tune, it is pretty easy to learn and its really recognisable so i can play it to my mates :D thanks again, jake

  7. Woodshed August 8th, 2008 4:28 pm

    Thanks, Jake.

  8. Andrea August 9th, 2008 5:14 am

    Well that worked exactly according to your plan. I’ve been noodling along all evening on stuff like Ode To Joy, and then I just got to this one and played it, and my bf in the other room laughed, looked up from his laptop incredulously, and went, “Is that IRON MAN???”

  9. Woodshed August 9th, 2008 10:47 am

    Nice work, Andrea.

  10. Robert August 31st, 2008 6:27 am

    I just love Taimane. I think, as far as a total package, she is the best of the best. She’s beautiful, has great stage presence, and her talent is not just tremendous on the uke but beyond that……plus she sings.
    Robert of CA

  11. Woodshed August 31st, 2008 5:30 pm

    There’s no doubt she’s an incredible player. She hams it up a little too often for my taste.

  12. HighlandCal October 18th, 2009 8:11 am

    its brilliant i learnt it in a few mins! the only thing is that when i do the slides they don’t quite sound right.

  13. Woodshed October 18th, 2009 1:38 pm

    HighlandCal: Keep practising ;)

  14. XxMusicGuruxX December 31st, 2010 7:41 pm

    very nice song but i find it better to be just played on the c chord and sounds good also

  15. Woodshed January 1st, 2011 11:43 am

    XxMusicGuruxX: Thanks for the tip.

  16. new-ukelele-player October 31st, 2011 3:56 pm

    yeah! i love it. and it also works on a guitar :P

  17. caleb n his uke November 15th, 2011 4:39 am

    im brand new to this stuff..what are the strum patterns for this and what are the fancy lines? i read the how to read tabs and i didnt see this.

  18. Woodshed November 15th, 2011 7:52 am

    caleb: They’re slides.

  19. Cara December 26th, 2013 1:52 am

    Wow, totally easy. I love Black Sabbath!! Thank you!!

  20. Woodshed December 26th, 2013 9:36 am

    Cara: You’re welcome!

  21. Darksquirrel January 7th, 2014 6:02 pm

    I’m not sure if it’s just me, but soprano frets seem a little small for the 8-7, and make it sound slightly puny.

  22. Kyle Johnson October 25th, 2014 4:49 pm

    This website is amazing!!!! Super amazing,fun,and easily good songs to learn

  23. Woodshed October 25th, 2014 5:00 pm

    Kyle: Thanks very much!

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