Eddie Vedder – Rise

Eddie Vedder – Rise (Complicated Chords)

Eddie Vedder – Rise (Basic Chords)

I was all ready to write up Pearl Jam’s ukulele song Soon Forget, until I started getting harassed for Rise from the soundtrack of Into the Wild. And why not? It’s a magnificent song.

Rise is played on the mandolin. The mandolin is tuned in fifths (GDAE) which makes it quite tricky to transfer to the uke, so I’ve done two versions of the chords. One of them is just the very basic chords (G, C and D).

In the other I’ve done my best to recreate what he’s playing on the mandolin and make it a bit more uke friendly. The basic chords remain the same but there are notes added on to give it extra flavour (and also to match the melody in parts).

The best thing to do is take a look at both versions and come up with your own favourite way to play it. I think using the Cadd9 is pretty much essential (and easy) and the C C-5 C5 C6 rising bit sounds great.

Uke Gal Carol has done an excellent version of Rise which you can listen to here.

Requested by Andrew, Rilrod and Whitney

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  1. Kent February 10th, 2011 4:59 am

    there’s an easy base line to add during the bridge, over the C, it goes: G D Dsus4 C5 C-5 C9 C, he plays it a couple times in a row during the song.

    Epic one, thanks woodshed!

  2. Jacobo March 4th, 2011 3:40 am

    Alo! I’m a bit confused about the meaning of “for six bars”. Can anyone help me?

  3. Joe A June 15th, 2011 4:53 am


    whoever did this. IS the man.

  4. Woodshed June 15th, 2011 10:22 am

    Joe: Thanks!

  5. Kris Booth July 6th, 2011 5:26 pm

    Hi there, I just need to thank you so much!

    I’m going through a really bad rough patch right now and so to keep my mind at peace I have started playing the Uke… and I have fallen in love with it.

    This song “Rise” is incredibly important to me right now, and so again… thank you!

    I have a request: is there a way of finding “Broken Heart” by Eddie Vedder? could you post that one?


  6. Brad July 12th, 2011 11:43 pm

    Hey, new player here, great work, but I have a question. What’s the difference between G5 and Gsus2?

  7. Woodshed July 14th, 2011 7:02 am

    Brad: Non-tech answer: Gsus2 has the A string played open, G5 you stop the A-string ringing with the underside of your finger.

  8. elemcee July 19th, 2011 8:17 pm

    Late to the party, but I used your tabs to do this version on my cheapy soprano Mahalo. Thanks for doing all the hard bits so I can just play and look like I know what I’m doing!


  9. Woodshed July 20th, 2011 9:47 am

    elemcee: Excellent! Sounds really good.

  10. Sporin November 10th, 2011 7:35 pm

    Anyone have the picking for the opening?

  11. frustrated November 19th, 2011 3:10 pm

    why are there no chords when the link I clicked on specifically said “chords”…?

  12. Woodshed November 19th, 2011 10:48 pm

    frustrated: I have a filter that blocks people who don’t use capital letters.

  13. Jeff December 10th, 2011 4:24 am

    Great work on this website. I am new to the uke and found this site a great help. Can I request the tabs to the intro to “Rise” or could you point me to it?

    Again, thanks.

  14. Murrman January 16th, 2012 11:56 pm

    I just bought my first uke and this is far and away (right next to Tune-yards “Powa”) my favorite song to play… Keep the Vedder singles coming…

  15. Woodshed January 17th, 2012 11:29 am

    Murrman: Glad you like it!

  16. rhythmanduke May 14th, 2012 8:14 am

    I can’t help it…but everytime I listen to this song I hear the words….”Gonna rise up, throw down my ace in the hole” in the second verse. Am I really hearing things here??

  17. Sporin May 14th, 2012 11:34 am


    That is how I hear and sing it as well.

  18. Bob G May 19th, 2012 6:09 am

    HIf you listen close…Eddie recorded 2 tracks on this. He IS playing the mandolin but also the second track is on the uke. You can here the nylon strings of the uke. Put whatever instrument down, put on some headphones and listen close. You can hear the uke very prominant right before…”such as the passage of time….” He kind of uses the uke as the rhythm part….

  19. Woodshed May 19th, 2012 11:22 am

    Bob G: You’ve got a better ear than me. I can only hear mandolin.

  20. Frank August 19th, 2012 12:56 am

    I’m a new uke player but worked out the intro a little, using a high-G chord. Using the same A-C-E-G tuning, bar the 7th fret and use your pinky on the 10th fret A-string (G-note). Not sure how to tab out the actual notes in a post like this. Woodshed – any ideas on how to add this to your already awesome tab?

  21. JC January 13th, 2013 3:53 pm

    Thank you for this webs and the people who make them real. I´m learning how to play the ukelele and this song is a good start. Love and peace for all from Spain.

  22. Woodshed January 14th, 2013 10:55 am

    JC: Thanks so much!

  23. Daina February 4th, 2013 6:15 pm

    Can someone here familiar with the Baritone Ukulele DGBE tuning help me find the C-5 chord? I’ve searched everywhere online and in my chord finder book to no avail.

  24. Woodshed February 4th, 2013 7:35 pm

    Daina: 5588 would be C5.

  25. Daina February 4th, 2013 7:39 pm

    Oh! ok, there isn’t another chord? I mean, in the complicated version C-5 is different than C5, so I thought for the baritone uke it would also be different. So instead of the verse chords as C, C-5, C5, C-5 the baritone uke chords would only be C, C5?

  26. Woodshed February 4th, 2013 8:40 pm

    Daina: Sorry! I read that as C5. For C-5 I’d go with 5578.

  27. Daina February 4th, 2013 9:00 pm

    Thank you so much! Can you please explain to me what 5578 finger placement is? I’m sorry, I can only read the diagram chords. i.e. 1st finger/1st fret/2nd string (from bottom), 2nd finger… I really appreciate this Woodshed!

  28. Woodshed February 4th, 2013 11:14 pm

    Daina: The numbers are the frets for the DGBE in that order. For the fingering, I’d barre the fifth fret with my index finger. Use my ring finger for the 7th fret. And my pinkie for the 8th fret.

  29. Yuri Chavez March 9th, 2013 5:15 pm

    Thanks a million.. did not think I was gonna find find them.

  30. Woodshed March 9th, 2013 10:15 pm

    Yuri: You’re welcome a million.

  31. Leonor March 16th, 2013 1:33 am

    How did you tun the ukulele? I use a GGBD tuning. And what’s the rythm? Thanks

  32. Woodshed March 16th, 2013 8:16 am

    Leonor: Standard tuning: gCEA.

  33. Joºao Couto September 6th, 2013 7:14 pm

    Hi guys!

    I know very little about reading partitures and stuff so i’m having a little trouble (I’m losing my mind honestly) with tab 2, i just can’t figure out those numbers, are those fret numbers?

  34. Woodshed September 6th, 2013 9:47 pm

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

  35. Steve January 31st, 2014 12:54 am

    All the sites on the internet that I’ve looked up have the last line of the lyrics as “throw down my haste in the road.” This didn’t make sense to me, I’ve listen to this several times and am fairly certain the line is “throw down my ace in the hole”.

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