Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy

This riff is a classic blues riff and has been ripped off a million times – most surprisingly by Girls Aloud.

The riff alternates between the bottom two strings and the top two strings. The easiest way to play this is to strum down with your thumb on the G and C strings and strum up with you index finger on the E and A strings.

Muddy Waters Mannish Boy ukulele tab

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  1. MoUke May 15th, 2008 3:37 am

    Your site has turned into a great resource and provides me much enjoyment. If I might provide a suggestion, a series of blues riffs (like Muddy’s signature riff you’ve so helpfully provided) for the uke would be a big winner from my perspective.

  2. Woodshed May 15th, 2008 7:14 am

    Thanks, MoUke. I’ve actually got plans for a whole ebook on blues ukulele.

  3. Olly May 19th, 2008 8:49 am

    A whole blues ebook? now that’d be something i’d be quite interested in. Seen Rigk’s youtube tutorials and like what i see/hear… thing is is that I know bugger all bout blues, apart from little bits that what I’ve picked up here and there

  4. Woodshed May 21st, 2008 7:59 pm

    Rigk has written a blues book as well – I haven’t read it, though. If I keep following my ebook title template, mine is going to have the same title. Uh oh.

  5. chuck gonzalez January 16th, 2011 5:36 pm

    epic epic riff love it…girlas aloud what a load of crap..why has it gone so commercial these days..wow a whole blues book on uke imagine the busking possibilities..bring forth the uke to the world

  6. gabriel March 22nd, 2011 1:31 am

    Wow, these lessons are really starting to get me into blues. I’m gonna buy your E-Books really soon cause your the best uke teacher on the internet. Really.

  7. Olive July 17th, 2011 8:21 pm

    It’s safe to say that I will be purchasing your Blues ebook very shortly. One question, though; are these lessons you’ve posted a “prerequisite” of sorts to the book? Or will the book start from something like this?
    In a nutshell, I’m asking if this is the base knowledge of Blues Ukulele that anyone should know before buying the book?

  8. Olive July 17th, 2011 8:23 pm

    Ah-oh. I’ve just realized that I posted this in the wrong lesson. My sincerest apologies!

  9. Woodshed July 18th, 2011 3:12 pm

    gabriel: Sorry, missed your comment. Hope you’re enjoying the ebook. Thanks for the kind words.

    Olive: The main prerequisites for the blues ebook are that you can read chords, strumming and tab. Other than that, you don’t have to have gone through any of my stuff specifically.

  10. Molly-Marie June 11th, 2012 10:28 pm

    Quick question: I am very new to tab sheet music and was wondering if anyone could tell me what those X’s mean in measure 2? Any help would be great!
    ~Molly

  11. Woodshed June 13th, 2012 2:32 pm

    Molly-Marie: It means you have to mute the strings by laying your fretting hand loosely over them while you strum.

  12. Dave September 25th, 2013 7:22 am

    Wow! I used to carry my Ukulele around so I would become a Babe Magnet. Now I can play this riff I have become a Babe Magnet.Thanks.

  13. Woodshed September 25th, 2013 7:41 am

    Dave: Congratulations on being a babe magnet!

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