The Troggs/Jimi Hendrix – Wild Thing

Wild Thing (Chords)

You wouldn’t believe how many people turn up at this blog after searching for ‘wild thing ukulele tabs‘ and leave disappointed. Well, no more.

The song was written by Chip Taylor, later recorded by The Troggs but probably most famous in the guitar-burning Hendrix version. All three of those versions are in different keys (Taylor in E, Troggs in A and Hendrix in Ab) and, as luck would have it, none of those keys make for easy beginner chords on the ukulele.

About Transposing

For the most part, playing guitar chords on the ukulele isn’t a problem. The chords for guitar are the same as the chords for ukulele – if the chord is A for the guitar, it’s A for the ukulele as well. However, sometimes the guitar chords are awkward to play on the uke. If this is the situation, you can move the chords around to make them fit more comfortably on the uke. This is known as transposing.

The version of Wild Thing above shows the chords The Troggs used and is in the key of A (i.e. A is the chord where the song feels settled). It includes the E chord which uke players always hate. You can get round this by moving all the chords up or down the same number of frets so it’s in a new key. The most uke friendly keys are C, G and F.

For Wild Thing, the first version I wrote out is in A and this version is in G:

Wild Thing (Chords in G)

Since G is two frets lower than A, you have to move all the chords down two frets. So the D chord becomes a C chord, the E chord becomes a D chord and the G chord becomes an F chord.

There’s a very handy automatic chord transposing website that makes this easy. You just throw in the chord sheet, tell it what key you want the chords to be in and it’ll spit out the new chord sheet.

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  1. Chris T. February 12th, 2008 7:38 pm

    Awesome completely made me day =)

  2. Woodshed February 12th, 2008 8:11 pm

    Thanks, Chris. Glad you like it.

  3. Minamin February 12th, 2008 9:07 pm

    I do hate the E chord.

  4. Ian February 12th, 2008 11:20 pm

    Oh sure… just steal my thunder =)

    Anyhow… nice job with this. Nicer than mine a while back… you actually made it easy for people who haven’t listened to the song a few thousand times and gave them the lyrics with the chords…

    And Minamin… yes, I too hate the E chord. Of all chords, it’s probably the most annoying.

  5. Ted February 12th, 2008 11:28 pm

    oh the e chord…
    thanks for variety of keys
    its just root 4th 5th right?

  6. weelie February 13th, 2008 8:14 am

    …but hey, for people with cheapo sopranos that beg for tuning up to D(6)… for them your arrangement would be in the original Troggs key then, no?

    Hendrix played the same chords as Troggs anyway, he just had his guitar tuned lower by fret. Never heard the Chip Taylor version, I think, although I have heard some of his music… oh maybe it just wasn’t that memorable.

    I never played this fave tune of mine on the uke yet. I have the original Troggs vinyl single from 1965, and this was one of the first songs I ever learned on that owkward six string thing.

    …So thanks! I will try this out tonight.

    I wonder why didn’t you link this ukulele version:

  7. West February 13th, 2008 9:05 am

    I found it easier to use the 2225 (D) and 4447 (E) versions when in the key of A. Saves breaking my fingers jumping about the fretboard and avoids the “dreaded” E (same applies to the G & A later on too). Maybe I’m just lazy though!

    weelie – loved the kermit version!

  8. Woodshed February 13th, 2008 4:02 pm

    Min: Really? It speaks very highly of you :D

    Ian: Sorry, I’ll make it up to you. I was planning on bigging you up on Friday. Will that make amends?

    Ted: It’s mostly I IV V, yes. There is the bVII before the ‘Wild thing, I think you… bit’.

    weelie: Thanks for that version. I was completely unaware of it. I see Kermit has no problems with the E chord.

    West: That’s definitely one way to make things easier on yourself. It sounds better in some situations as well.

  9. zym February 13th, 2008 4:43 pm


    Can i be bigged up on Friday, too?

    Im planning on adding a special Valentines day tune tomorrow ;)

  10. Woodshed February 13th, 2008 5:08 pm

    Yes, you’re in the big up pile already.

  11. Ian February 13th, 2008 10:14 pm

    Haha… that it would, that it would.

  12. Ian February 18th, 2008 7:54 pm


  13. Michaell jackson September 23rd, 2008 10:43 pm

    poop is falling from mars!

  14. simon November 4th, 2009 1:18 am

    I like it more with the F chord played on the first fret second string, other strings open. Less awkward for fingering and sliding up and down (to G and back) makes it sound more like the original.

  15. Ayla May 15th, 2010 3:33 pm

    I don’t have a good enough ear to work out the finger-picking/tab for the Kermit version – does anyone know where to find it/how to play it? It’s one of my favourite songs and to be able to play that version on uke would be beautiful :D

  16. Foinnse October 20th, 2010 12:58 pm

    Shweet!… just came across this again by chance. Fun song to play and I think it was one of the first songs I remember really thinking was “cool” when I was younger and I remember my peers thinking I was odd as this was the early 90’s and obviously this song was already relatively “old”. I Was wandering the playground singing this song to myself when I was about 9…maybe I was odd

    The Chip Taylor version is quite cool too….

    Cheers -F

  17. Woodshed October 22nd, 2010 7:21 pm

    Foinnse: Thanks for the link.

  18. Snojimbo January 11th, 2011 9:22 am

    Cool! Now this IS fun to play, especially being able to accent on the strums. Now why is the E chord given a hard time? I find others trickier (such as Bb). E doesn’t usually cause too many troubles for me. Maybe I’m just weird…

  19. Woodshed January 16th, 2011 11:16 am

    Snojimbo: Depends on your hands, I suppose.

  20. RedCrayon January 24th, 2011 7:01 pm

    Woodshed I’m confused!! :S I’d still class myself as a beginner at the moment and I got a ukulele book not long ago. I’ve only looked at the beginning so far and the D and E are played differently. D barring the 2nd fret and A string on the 5th fret and then moving the whole shape up two frets for E. Is this wrong?

  21. Woodshed January 28th, 2011 10:22 am

    RedCrayon: No, not wrong at all. You can play the same chord lots of different ways. The ways you said are just as good as the ones I put up.

  22. Fitz May 31st, 2011 9:03 pm

    What scale(s) would I use to solo on this song?

  23. Woodshed June 2nd, 2011 10:58 am

    Fitz: A minor pentatonic would be a good bet.

  24. matti September 2nd, 2011 4:54 pm

    I little trick I use for the awkward E chord is to simply bar the 4th fret its really easy and sounds pretty much the same.

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