Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Ode to Joy (Tab)

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are taking part in this year’s Proms and they’re having a play along for everyone attending. To that end, they’ve put up tabs and tutorials of the parts. But there’s no tab for the counter-melody – only standard notation. Nightmare! So I did my ‘Every good boy deserves football’ and here’s what I reckon.

Ode to Joy Counter-Melody (Tab)

I can’t be sure it’s spot on. I can’t hear them playing it at any point to check.

Here it is along with the main melody and the chords:

Ode to Joy (Tab and Chords)

And I’ve put together a solo version based on this arrangement for those of us who are far too white trash to visit the proms.

Ode to Joy Solo (Tab)


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  1. JCMcGee June 18th, 2009 9:22 pm

    It’s a beautiful melody isn’t it!

  2. zym June 18th, 2009 11:23 pm

    How ace is that!!

    Cant wait to try it all out :)

  3. ronhale June 18th, 2009 11:28 pm

    It is, indeed. Yet another arrangement is in Wilfried Welti’s Solo Ukulele tab book mentioned & linked to on-site Nov. 12, 2008.

  4. mictoboy June 19th, 2009 9:37 am

    Ah knackers, i’ve only just got the hang of this version:

  5. Acilius June 19th, 2009 6:15 pm

    Thanks, Al! We owe you a lot.

  6. Ron Mason June 19th, 2009 6:17 pm

    Great Melody. We hear it at Church sometime.

  7. Woodshed June 21st, 2009 8:08 pm

    Jimmy and Ron: It is. And so simple. That’s real genius.

    zym: Good luck with it.

    ronhale and mictoboy: Both good versions. It’s one of those tunes that is dying for ukulele versions.

    Acilius: You’re welcome.

  8. Jim September 3rd, 2010 11:14 pm

    UOGB is visiting New Zealand, and encouraging the play-along Ode to Joy. They have posted chords and tabs for melody and counter melody on this website at the bottom of the page. Can’t wait to see ’em play!

  9. ukeali May 1st, 2012 3:02 am

    mictoboy, I just did a run through of the version you posted. Absolutely, fabulously beautiful!

  10. Marva Weigelt July 8th, 2012 3:46 pm

    Bless you for this. Working at mastering the solo is indeed giving me great joy! The original poem on which Beethoven based the melody is pretty highfalutin stuff, just in case anyone wants to get inspired while practicing:

  11. Rebekah August 31st, 2015 12:47 am

    This is awesome! I have the hardest time finding tabs/chords for multiple ukuleles!

  12. Woodshed August 31st, 2015 10:28 am

    Rebekah: Thanks very much! Yeah, there’s not much of it around.

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