Guns n Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine

sweet child of mine ukulele riff
Sweet Child of Mine midi

Even on guitar, this riff is a real finger-twister. Even Slash himself had trouble with this one. It took him a number of retakes in the studio before he could get it right.

Transferring it to the uke certainly doesn’t make it any easier. Gio Gaynor struggles with it in his version and I’ve struggled to play it too. I’ve tried to minimise the amount of jumping around you have to do but it’s still very tough to play.

Best of luck to you if you decide to take it on.

Suggested by West

Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction - Sweet Child O' Mine

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  1. Ukulele guitar October 6th, 2009 4:04 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that this tab for the sweet child of mine riff makes me look like a real badass at campfires now. It’s certainly a tricky one, but totally worth it.

  2. Ben December 22nd, 2009 9:24 pm

    I’ve just picked up my old Uke, coz i used never to play it, getting a new one this Xmas. Great tab mate, thanks, I would love a hysteria baseline one and November rain :D

  3. Paloke January 7th, 2010 1:59 am

    Totally bodacious fingering. I’v been playing the uke for about two weeks now and this tab is working like a charm :D It makes me about ten times cooler that … A). I can play this song. B) On ukulele. C) And I’m a girl. That can play this song. On ukulele.

    Thanks mate!

  4. danny April 11th, 2010 9:40 pm

    lol im wondering if theese comments from danny are from me… i got my ukulele a few years ago… got anyway of telling the email or anything

  5. TheUkeDude April 15th, 2010 5:25 pm

    Thanks for the tab :) I didnt find this one too hard to play after a bit of practise!

  6. sam April 21st, 2010 10:21 pm

    great tab easy and very accurate :D now if you can make a This Town Needs guns song for ukulele it would very much appriciated

  7. Woodshed April 22nd, 2010 10:40 am

    sam: Thanks for the suggestion.

  8. April 25th, 2010 11:11 am

    could u do a recording for this song like a few of the others? thanks x

  9. acdcfan1 July 3rd, 2010 5:14 am

    could u put the tab up for the simpsons theme song

    just as a joke thingy

  10. Woodshed July 3rd, 2010 12:12 pm

    acdcfan1: It’s up here.

  11. Refried July 13th, 2010 11:43 pm

    Love your site. Love this tab. Sounds like you have transposed it to a different key. what would the chord progression be to play in the key that you have tabbed the intro?
    having trouble figuring that out. also same question for chords for the verse/chorus for boys don’t cry?
    thank you, you are a uke god(dess)

  12. Woodshed July 17th, 2010 4:55 pm

    Refried: This version is in C. As far as I remember, the original is in D. So the chords will be two frets lower than the original. Or you could play the riff in D tuning then it would be the same.

  13. Ivan August 8th, 2010 3:23 pm

    Easy as hell this should be posted on easy tabs

  14. Woodshed August 10th, 2010 8:03 pm

    Ivan: Thread rule: if you’re going to say how easy it is you have to post a video of you playing. Tits, as they say, or GTFO.

  15. Anja October 17th, 2010 6:44 pm

    Brilliant tab, been working on it all week, and driving my family insain!


  16. Guy January 2nd, 2011 10:55 am

    dude, there is a much easier way of playing this…
    the way that mark said above in the comments if far easier and sounds perfectly clear…

  17. David February 8th, 2011 8:43 pm

    thanks for the tab, but (sorry everyone) I think this might be a tone flat than the actual song…

  18. pianoman April 27th, 2011 9:26 pm

    having only been playing for less that a week i found this easy in comparison to some other tabs on the site… coming from the piano makes it easy to place my fingers i guess- and working both hands at once

  19. Woodshed April 30th, 2011 9:30 am

    pianoman: Yeah, having prior music experience definitely helps when you pick up a uke.

  20. kevin morris July 16th, 2011 4:45 pm

    many thanks for gunsroses riff where is the rest of the song

  21. Liluke July 29th, 2011 6:35 pm

    I love this! and the best thing about it is that it’s easy to learn and it sounds great!:) My dad was impressed when I showed him. Playing it on the electric uke sounds good to :D

  22. Woodshed July 30th, 2011 8:34 am

    Liluke: Glad you like it!

  23. connor August 14th, 2011 9:15 pm

    I will do this! gonna fingerpick it :D

  24. Woodshed August 15th, 2011 2:46 pm

    connor: Good luck with it.

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