Biz Markie – Just A Friend (Tab)

just a friend ukulele tab


As a companion to the Guitar Riffs for Ukulele series, I thought I’d do a set of ‘Not Guitar Riffs for Ukulele’ – mostly piano/keyboard stuff. And I don’t think I could start anywhere other than this. Sampled from Freddie Scott and made a million times better by Biz Markie.

When you’re playing this one on uke it’s worth adding in a few supporting strums between the notes. Which is what I did when I quoted it at the end of my version of Gossip

Come on, kids, pffff ha, pffff ha.

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  1. Dan July 14th, 2009 6:19 pm

    Oh baby Al, you got what I need. Seriously, just yesterday I was thinking about this song and how it would work on the ukulele.

  2. zym July 14th, 2009 11:14 pm

    hahaha – finally, a song i can sing :)

    his version of Benny and the jets is awesome

  3. amber July 15th, 2009 8:15 am

    Oh my gosh! I’ve been thinking about this song a lot lately! Thanks!!!

  4. melissa ogrady July 15th, 2009 1:09 pm

    THANK YOU for the How to Strums ebook!!! Without you, I’d be just another pretty uke *owner*

  5. Woodshed July 17th, 2009 3:46 pm

    Dan and amber: Must be something in the air. Or perhaps it’s one of those summer songs.

    zym: My voice isn’t even good enough to carry off this song.

    melissa: Is that you or the uke that’s pretty. Both, I’m sure.

  6. Adam July 29th, 2009 10:13 pm

    first of all thank you so much for doing this! i love this song and i’m so glad to be able to play it on uke.

    also: i don’t speak tablature so this will be hard for me to explain but the first 7 by itself (on the fourth string) is followed by an 8 on the second string.
    and i think that 8 sounds better as a 9 on the fourth string. if that makes any sense.

    sounds great either way. thanks again!

  7. yunkie August 13th, 2009 4:21 am

    dude that’s awesome

  8. Woodshed August 19th, 2009 10:55 am

    Adam: That fits with the harmony, so do it if you prefer it. But I find it easier to play the 7th fret on the A string (same note).

    yunkie: Thanks.

  9. emmanuel January 18th, 2013 8:39 pm

    I can’t read these cords and strumming. I’m just a beginer using the uku. Will someone tell me the cords and stumming. Please this version sounds so beautiful.

  10. Woodshed January 20th, 2013 8:42 am

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

  11. deanna September 7th, 2013 4:31 am

    oh my gosh! my friend LOVES this song! i know he’d love to learn this! :D

  12. Woodshed September 7th, 2013 10:41 am

    deanna: I hope he enjoys it!

  13. JP May 13th, 2014 2:57 am

    Nice!! That sounds great!

  14. Woodshed May 13th, 2014 10:40 am

    JP: Thanks!

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