Super Mario Bros Theme (Simplified Version)

Super Mario Bros (Tab)(PDF)


First off, Seeso cropped up on Julia Nunes’ YouTube Live performance. The poor lad’s cable fell out (that should get the ladies clicking over). Wade Johnston looks like he’s going to be the next UkeTube hero that I just don’t get (beyond the fact no one can make a comment about him without using the words ‘cute’ and ‘adorable’). But if anyone’s opening a book on the Bushman Contest, I’ll have a tenner on him.

Down to business.

Dominator has already tabbed James Hill’s barnstorming version of Super Mario Bros Level 1 (you can download the tab here). Which is great if you’re a ukulele super hero like Dom and James but a bit beyond us mortals. So I thought I’d put together an easier version – heavily based on the James Hill arrangement.

Notice I said ‘easier’ not ‘easy’. There are still plenty of tricky parts. There’s a great deal of switching between picking and strumming and a few big jumps up and down the fretboard.

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  1. Woodshed May 22nd, 2011 1:03 pm

    michael: Excellent version. Thanks.

  2. Daniel June 14th, 2011 6:28 am

    Is there a chord version of this?!?!?
    If there is, i want it!!!

  3. Woodshed June 14th, 2011 11:40 am

    Daniel: It’s a bit too involved for a pure chord version, I think.

  4. Laney Loo July 2nd, 2011 11:00 pm

    I love playing this! Its fun to see the looks on peoples faces when they recognize the tune :)

  5. Jack July 25th, 2011 8:13 am

    it will be kool when i learn it i have had good times with my uke.

  6. Woodshed July 26th, 2011 8:54 am

    Laney Loo: Excellent!

    Jack: Good luck with learning it.

  7. Zach October 1st, 2011 12:18 pm

    Cool tab! Can you do Pokemon Red and Blue?

  8. CountPancake October 25th, 2011 10:55 pm

    I can almost do the first couple of lines of by heart yay. But after that there are just so many different chords I can’t do it. (sadface(

  9. Pedders November 3rd, 2011 8:26 pm

    This is brilliant! I’ve got it nailed upto where the strumming starts at no. 13, it just totally blows my mind. Is there some sort of pattern I’m meant to be using that I’m missing from reading the tabs? Thanks!

  10. Freduke January 28th, 2012 11:26 am

    @Jack :

    Seems you’re not alone in this case. I’ve got to say that super mario was my ultimate goal when i started ukulele 2 years ago, I tried after a few month playing,but put it away since it was literaly impossible for me! ^^

    But, two days ago i put myself working on it again, and finally got those measures! So for the strum (start measure 15) I suggest you to do:
    Roll up up up down(with the 2 on Astring) up(401) down up(021) down Roll up up.. You’ll find the rest! ;)

    Hope it’ll be useful to you!

    Still from measure 27 to 37 to learn for me. But i think i got over the most difficults parts! :)

  11. Freduke January 28th, 2012 11:30 am

    “up(401) down up(021) down”

    Actually this part ‘s more “Roll(401) up down(021) up & Roll..”


  12. John January 28th, 2012 12:09 pm

    If anyone’s interested, I’ve just made a short tutorial vid to try and guide people through the Uke Hunt tab:

    (It’s something I’m just doing for fun to try and teach myself basic editing, I’m not claiming to be a qualified uke teacher or anything!)

    This was my original attempt at a video of the Mario tune:

  13. Woodshed January 28th, 2012 2:03 pm

    John: Excellent! I’ve added it to the post.

  14. John January 29th, 2012 8:42 pm


    Hoping to do a “Dueling Banjos” tutorial eventually, so will let you know if/when I get round to it.

  15. Nick February 14th, 2012 7:59 am

    I don’t understand to do the last 2 parts

  16. Digging April 24th, 2012 6:03 am

    It really is simplified!

  17. Larry November 4th, 2012 5:36 am

    I can’t read sheet music… That is a problem. I need help.

  18. Woodshed November 4th, 2012 7:44 am

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

  19. LonnaB February 26th, 2013 9:11 pm

    Hey there Woodshed

    I am having trouble getting this tab to come up right. Am I doing something wrong, as usual?

  20. Woodshed February 27th, 2013 12:38 pm

    Lonna: Hmm, seems to be working okay for me. I’ll send you an email.

  21. Jay Vaidyanathan June 23rd, 2013 6:09 pm

    I dont really get how this is easy…. (Must be that im bad :( )

  22. Woodshed June 24th, 2013 6:41 am

    Jay: I don’t think anyone said it was easy. It isn’t.

  23. Josh July 10th, 2013 2:16 am

    sounds good, but I can’t read the musical notation. Do you have anything simpler that I could read? Regular tabs maybe?

  24. Woodshed July 10th, 2013 8:00 am

    Josh: That is regular tab.

  25. Oliver March 13th, 2014 3:05 pm

    Wow, great tab! keepin balance between sophistication and accessibility, this IMHO stays true to the original midi masterpiece. Thank you so much!

    Also: Magic comes true if you play this on a pink ukulele in a crowded place. Trust me^^

  26. Woodshed March 13th, 2014 3:12 pm

    Oliver: Thanks very much! Glad you enjoyed it.

  27. Keith December 31st, 2014 3:54 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I was given a ukulele (A £4 second hand one) for my birthday at the end of October and I wanted to learn it properly. For Christmas my parents bought me a £90 ukulele; a considerable upgrade.

    Anyway, here is my attempt:

    Could you advise me on how to prevent unwanted strings from sounding?

    Many thanks


  28. Ben January 27th, 2015 2:12 am

    How do you get that rolling sound for the first couple notes?

  29. Woodshed January 27th, 2015 11:53 am

    Ben: With a roll strum (flicking all your fingers on the strumming hand across the strings).

  30. Beth Wagner June 7th, 2016 5:29 pm

    I was really disappointed to learn that the tab download links don’t work.

  31. Woodshed June 7th, 2016 7:44 pm

    Beth: That’s weird. It’s working fine for me. What happens when you click the link?

  32. Beth Wagner June 22nd, 2016 3:48 pm

    It’s just a picture, it pops up and asks if I want to ‘save image’.
    I’m very confident in knowing how my phone works, so maybe it’s just not working for the Galaxy S3 because it’s an older model.

  33. Katie October 3rd, 2016 7:17 pm

    Wow, awesome! I printed the tab three days ago and now I I can play the song!… Albeit somewhat cringe-ily. Thank you for making this!

    I was wondering how the part that starts at 40 seconds sounds different than the other notes. Is it a type of technique, like the rolling strum?

  34. Woodshed October 4th, 2016 7:15 am

    Katie: That’s fantastic! Well done.

    Yep, it’s a roll strum (where you strum the strings with each finger individually). It’s a bit of extra emphasis but it’s not essential.

  35. Katie October 6th, 2016 2:59 pm

    Thank you Woodshed! I will try that technique and see how it sounds. Ukulele hunt is pretty awesome, thinking about learning the Minecraft wet fingers or Sonic theme next.

  36. Woodshed October 7th, 2016 3:39 pm

    Katie: You’re very welcome! Hope you enjoy learning those.

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