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. jules July 14th, 2008 8:12 am

    THANK YOU thank you thank you for this! I love this album but felt like I was the only one in the world who’d heard of it or owned it!
    Can’t wait to tackle the chords and learn some new ones along the way by the look of your transcription!
    Great job!

  2. andrew July 14th, 2008 2:38 pm

    AWE-freaking-SOME! Thanks a quadrillion. It sounds killer, I’ve been playing it off the rooftops and on street corners in exuberance. I don’t suppose you’re working on some of those other song requests? (thanks again. keep this website amazing)

  3. Nate July 14th, 2008 4:55 pm

    Pearl Jam is my favorite band and you posted this on my birthday, July 13. What a great birthday present – thank you! :)

  4. Jeff July 14th, 2008 5:58 pm


    Your site is a gem. There is a lot of ukulele stuff out there. But you are the one that really produces and finds new things. I was googling for tabs for ukulele music just seeing what was out there. I went to youR tabs section and it has really grown.

    THANKS again,

    Jeff (Member Berkeley Ukulele Club & Ukuele Club in Santa Cruz, California)

  5. zym July 14th, 2008 6:11 pm

    at the risk of sounding 10 years younger than i am – AWESOME :)

  6. Woodshed July 14th, 2008 6:24 pm

    Jules: Good luck with it.

    andrew: Yeah, I’m working my way through them. I have a LOAD.

    Nate: Happy Birthday for yesterday.

    Jeff: Thanks for the kind words.

    zym: Dude, like totally.

  7. Carol (Uke Gal) July 15th, 2008 1:14 am

    Hey there,
    So glad you recognized this one…I did played my own arrangement of it of it last winter…see my December 12, 2007 entry on my blog: http://www.ukegal.blogspot.com I’ll compare it to your more complicated chords version. However, I transposed to key of D, a better one for me to sing in!

  8. Woodshed July 15th, 2008 7:34 pm

    Excellent stuff, Carol. I’ve added a link to it in the post.

  9. Kieran July 17th, 2008 10:10 pm

    Thanks a million for this song. You did a super job. A great help to me. This is the best site for sure. Please keep up the good work.
    Cheers again……Kieran (Ireland)

  10. Woodshed July 18th, 2008 3:00 pm

    Thanks for that, Kieran. I appreciate it.

  11. Adam Perry-Pelletier July 20th, 2008 8:09 pm

    I can play the simple GCD version of this but I don’t understand the instructions posted in last paragraph.

    What is: Cadd9

  12. Kieran July 21st, 2008 9:43 pm

    Woodshed……I’m sure you are up to your tits in requests, but you must do Soon Forget when you get the chance.
    Go raibh maith agut a chara !!
    Kieran (Ireland)

  13. Woodshed July 22nd, 2008 8:06 pm

    Adam: Cadd9 = 0203. You can find the more complicated chords in the other pdf.

    Kieran: There’s tab for Soon Forget here.

  14. Kieran July 23rd, 2008 9:14 am

    Thanks a mil.!…………Kieran

  15. Benjamin August 25th, 2008 12:43 am

    Not to spoil your fun, but Rise isnt played on a mandolin, its played on a fender electric tenor guitar/uke of sorts, here’s him playing the instrument, though its a different song:


    I’m trying to figure out exactly what instrument he’s playing though, is that just a tenor guitar tuned like a mandolin? is it some weird electric uke?

  16. Woodshed August 25th, 2008 9:20 pm

    Benjamin: That’s a ukulele he’s playing in that clip (a Tululele I believe). It’s certainly not what he uses for Rise.

  17. Dan L August 31st, 2008 9:38 pm

    I have looked every ware on the net for the mandolin tab for this song and could not find anything. Does anyone know of anything? Or does anyone have the mandolin chords or tab? I guess it would be too much to ask you to transcribe it for the mandolin.
    ThankX Dan

  18. zym September 1st, 2008 1:08 am

    //adds a Tululele to the list…

  19. Braden September 3rd, 2008 12:20 am

    Sorry to sound like a broken record, as it seems nearly every time I post I request this, but what is the strum pattern? Is it D D UDUD? Am I the only one who has difficulty sussing out strum patterns? Thanks (again) Al!

  20. Woodshed September 3rd, 2008 7:16 pm

    Braden: This one doesn’t really have a set strumming pattern. The best advice I can give is feel the flow and go with it, I’m afraid.

  21. Braden September 4th, 2008 7:29 am

    Sadly, I suffer from a rhythm deficiency. I’m beginning to fear that for me to feel the flow would require heroic implant surgery. :P

  22. Nathan September 5th, 2008 8:58 pm

    I’ve actually been playing this on uke for a little while now after I originally learned it on guitar. Your tab cleared up a few hazy parts for me.

    One note, during the chorus, I like to throw in a D Dsus2 D G Gsus2 G C instead of the simple D G C you have written. It adds a nice bit of flair.

    Also, I’m not sure your lyrics are right I thought it was “Burning black holes in dark memories” and “throw down my ace in the hole”

    Great tab! Thanks!

  23. Woodshed September 6th, 2008 7:24 am

    Thanks for the suggestions Nathan.

  24. Sam October 30th, 2008 11:47 pm

    Just wanted to drop by and say thanks for doing such a great tab of one of my favourite songs. Have you ever had a look at ‘Society’ from the same album? Its just basic chords but I’m sure you’d enjoy putting some of your flair into an melodic arrangement for the Uke!

    I just purchased my first Uke today, a real nice spruce/rosewood model. I’m a bass player so I always found the Mandolin a little bit cramped for my fingers, but playing your complicated version was a real joy.

    I’ll certainly be visiting your site regularly for more Uke fun!

  25. Woodshed October 31st, 2008 7:43 pm

    Sam: Thanks for the kind words. I’ll check out Society.

  26. andy March 18th, 2009 7:08 pm


    As a person who has overcome “rhythm deficiency” with great success as an adult, my advice to you is tap and count. Everything you hear, everything you play. When your driving tap the rhythm on your steering wheel. (Lightly dude, don’t wreck)

    You have to do it all the time, and watch out for strange time signatures. When your playing sway your body to the music (I rock back and forth). I use this in conjunction with my foot as a spare engine, in case my foot gets tired or I lose the beat.

    Good luck,

    P.S. great website Woodshed, you are an excellent teacher.

    P.S.S. Benjamin and Woodshed – I’ve seen eddie playing that electromando thing quite a few times, but I’m 99.9% sure Eddie is playing mandolin on RISE. I guess he got writers block awhile back and hence, he bought about every halfling, picked-stringed instrument money can buy.

    Go Eddie

  27. andy March 26th, 2009 8:01 pm

    EUREKA! Mandolin Tab for Rise!

    Thanks to Woodshed’s Uke tab, and despite my every attempt to overcomplicate this song, I finally have figured this out on Mandolin!

    I’ve never made a “Tab”, but if anyone wants to know how to play Rise on Mandolin, e-mail me and I will be happy to help you out. It’s not difficult at all.

    I don’t even play mandolin (guitar, bass, piano) regularly and I figured it out and was performing it very quickly.

    I’ll even send you a video of me playing it, as well as all the chord forms and movements until you get it.

    peace :)

  28. Woodshed March 26th, 2009 8:18 pm

    Congrats, Andy. Glad I could help.

  29. andy March 27th, 2009 3:13 pm

    Yeah I figured I would post that I have the mandolin tab to try and help someone out.

    I wondered in here the first day I tried to learn the song and tried to tune my mandolin to Ukelele tuning! (lol it didn’t sound as bad as you’d think.)

    All the tabs I’ve used over the last few years its about time I finally give one back!

  30. andy March 27th, 2009 3:28 pm

    Eddie has tuned his guitar sky high for at least one song I know of (04/20/2002).

    That looks like a date, but it’s the name of the song. It’s the day Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) was found dead in his apartment and Eddie heard about it and wrote that song for him. It’s a great song. I think it’s a secret track on Lost Dogs disc 2.

    You can hear the difference between this and Rise… On the opening riff in Rise you can hear the double strings. (Mandolin has 8 strings, tuned in 5ths in pairs. Exa. GG DD AA EE)

    After learning Guaranteed today in 20 minutes on guitar I realized that Eddie Vedder is the new Bob Dylan…. in more ways than one.

    All this “Into the Wild” is making me want to wander…

  31. Woodshed March 28th, 2009 10:39 am

    andy: If you want me to upload it and/or link to it here, let me know.

  32. Dante April 20th, 2009 7:46 pm

    I believe the final lyric should be “throw down my ace in the hole”
    Thanks for the tabs!

  33. Woodshed April 21st, 2009 11:52 am

    Dante: I think you’re right. I always use lyrics from the net. If I worked them out they’d be even worse.

  34. Andrew May 15th, 2009 12:55 am

    Thanks so much for this. Since buying my first uke last week i was hoping to be able to play this on it. So I’ve been playing around with this today. I have a few suggestions, but I’ll just post one now, since I’m not sure the rest will remain.

    On the first instrumental part, you have G D Dsus4 C. I like Nathan’s suggestion, but I prefer to throw in this G (I don’t know it’s name) 0235 instead of the 0230. I think that G should go in the verses to instead of the 023x

    Most importantly, I think it sound much much better to replace that C with a descent from 0007 to 0005 to 0003 to 0002. It might sound good to throw in some notes in those open strings, but I haven’t fooled around with that with any success.

  35. Andrew May 15th, 2009 1:04 am

    Oh, also, to amend Nathan’s suggestion a little. In addition to throwing in a Dsus2, right before moving to the C it sounds right to throw in a 2250.

    Thanks again. This is great.

  36. Woodshed May 16th, 2009 2:03 pm

    Andrew: Thanks for the suggestions.

  37. Jen June 2nd, 2009 3:19 pm

    Hey, can you still post the tab for Soon Forget?!

  38. Woodshed June 2nd, 2009 6:12 pm

    Jen: There are chords for it here.

  39. Mark m July 23rd, 2009 4:57 pm

    Hey can someone give me the strum pattern for Guaranteed? Just a beginner so if you have something simple would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!


  40. Paul September 1st, 2009 11:51 pm

    I love this, such a great song for the uke. I think that the G5 in the verse sounds better played as 0235 rather than 023X, though.

  41. Woodshed September 2nd, 2009 8:19 am

    Paul: Yeah, that’s a good alternative.

  42. Daniel Kresheck January 8th, 2010 2:13 am


    I would greatly appreciate it if you either emailed me the mandolin tab of this song at krexdan@gmail.com, or uploaded a link to it. That would help me tremendously.


  43. digby January 29th, 2010 1:58 pm

    Yo andy I’d be keen as for that rise mandolin tab, I wasn’t sure how to find your email though so hopefully you see this and can email it to me at doglivingston@gmail.com

  44. Steve March 30th, 2010 2:42 pm

    THANK YOU So Much!!! I love the movie, I love the song – great notation!

  45. Woodshed March 30th, 2010 9:24 pm

    Steve: Thanks!

  46. Kevin April 8th, 2010 3:09 am

    I would like the mandolin tab as well if possible.

  47. Sara April 19th, 2010 12:39 am

    Can anyone help me with a strum pattern with this one? I know it remains mostly the same but it has the little bits where I’m not so sure. Can anyone help?

  48. Moses April 28th, 2010 2:39 am

    What is the strum pattern?

  49. meko January 14th, 2011 11:50 pm

    Be still my heart. The complicated version is so pristine and heartbreaking. Thanks!! I’m also looking for the strum if someone has a good suggestion

  50. Woodshed January 16th, 2011 10:36 am

    meko: Thanks very much.

  51. 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!

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

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

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


    whoever did this. IS the man.

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

    Joe: Thanks!

  55. 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?


  56. 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?

  57. 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.

  58. 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!


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

    elemcee: Excellent! Sounds really good.

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

    Anyone have the picking for the opening?

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

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

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

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

  63. 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.

  64. 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…

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

    Murrman: Glad you like it!

  66. 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??

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


    That is how I hear and sing it as well.

  68. 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….

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

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

  70. 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?

  71. 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.

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

    JC: Thanks so much!

  73. 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.

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

    Daina: 5588 would be C5.

  75. 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?

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

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

  77. 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!

  78. 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.

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

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

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

    Yuri: You’re welcome a million.

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

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

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

    Leonor: Standard tuning: gCEA.

  83. 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?

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

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

  85. 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”.

  86. Misty October 9th, 2017 8:02 pm

    This is awesome. Thank you! The only thing that will drive me crazy are the lyrics. Is it “haste in the road” or “ace in the hole”
    Ya know how you’ve been singing something forever and then boom you may be wrong??.

  87. Woodshed October 10th, 2017 6:06 am

    Misty: I’m terrible with lyrics! I just go by what the internet says.

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