Eric Clapton – Layla

Layla Eric Clapton ukulele riff
Layla Midi

I had considered tabbing the acoustic version of this before I realised it was incredibly dull in comparison. In the original version, there are a few screaming string bends. String bends tend not to work too well on the uke, so I’d suggest you use slides instead (and plenty of vibrato to keep the string ringing).

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  1. Joe January 19th, 2008 8:44 pm


    it sounds good


  2. manols April 25th, 2008 12:09 am

    Hi! Thanks for the tab.
    Would you mind putting a little mp3 recording ot this riff just to hear the sound from a pro ?
    That’ll be much appreciated..
    And bravo for your website. Thks !

  3. Variant June 22nd, 2008 2:06 am

    Vibrato? I’m not a genius when it comes to the ukulele, so what’s a vibrato and how does it keep the string going?

  4. jake & a uke August 4th, 2008 6:17 pm

    i love this tune thanks alot woodshed this was one of the first tabbed songs learnt

  5. Jawn November 28th, 2010 10:47 am

    Variant > I think he was talking about a bendo… You keep your finger on the fret and push the string up and down to make a distorsion effect. =)

    ( But well I’m not a genius too -o- so I’m not sure)

  6. Miki January 6th, 2011 5:59 pm

    Hahaha I laughed so hard when I actually played it.
    Uke is new to me and it’s so much fun.
    Awesome, thanks!

  7. Woodshed January 16th, 2011 11:45 am

    Miki: You’re welcome.

  8. virginiabeachbum May 9th, 2011 12:24 am

    I find it easier to hammer on and off of the E string (0-3-0) on the second note like you do with the third and fourth notes, on the A string :)

  9. Woodshed May 15th, 2011 12:15 pm

    virginiabeachbum: Yes, I think I might agree with you.

  10. Theo March 24th, 2012 11:20 am

    Great work once again woodshed. One thing though: Instead of playing the last note of bar 4 as a 7th fret on the E string, you can just slide back to a 2 on the A string. I guess it’s just personal preference.

  11. Woodshed March 24th, 2012 11:28 am

    Theo: Yeah, you could do that. I chose the 7th because you’re in that position already.

  12. Eljas April 5th, 2012 5:15 pm

    anyone willing to tell me how to read this?
    i dont get anything :D

  13. Woodshed April 6th, 2012 8:14 am

    Eljas: There’s a guide to reading tab here.

  14. Shane November 6th, 2012 7:15 pm

    Hi Woodshed,
    Any chance you could tab the acoustic, dull as it may be? I’d love to nail it but my uke ability is newly discovered and as such, limited. Keep up the incredible work!

  15. Woodshed November 7th, 2012 12:07 am

    Shane: You never know, I might have a go at it.

  16. harry December 3rd, 2012 6:43 pm

    instead of playin open G its easyier if you use 3rd fret E stringb
    Good tab though

  17. Andrew September 23rd, 2013 11:29 am

    How about showing this in TAB for us lesser beings that don’t read music…

  18. Woodshed September 24th, 2013 8:34 am

    Andrew: This is tab. There’s a guide to reading tab here.

  19. Gabe June 29th, 2017 10:32 pm

    Thank you so much this song is one of my faves on guitar. Could you do Tears In Heaven too?
    Just a suggestion

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