Once you’ve got to grips with the tabs in the intermediate section, it’s time to move up to playing some full tunes.
Step 1: New Tabs and Techniques
Fingering and repeats
Advanced strums and rhythms
Hammer-ons and pull-offs
Advanced repeats, accents and trills
Vibrato, grace notes and bends
String bending tips
Extra Credit: Harmonics on a ukulele
Step 2: Full Tune Tabs
Theme tunes to films, games and TV shows provide a great test for your tab playing abilities and give your something instantly recognisable to play for friends and family.
Super Mario Theme
Good the Bad and the Ugly
Extra Credit: Get more tab arrangements for more popular instrumentals in the ebooks How to Play Christmas Ukulele, How to Play National Anthems and How to Play Ukuleles for Peace
Step 3: Make your own arrangements
Once you’ve got the hang of other people’s arrangements of tunes, have a go at making your own.
- Here’s my tutorial for While My Guitar Gently Weeps in the hopes that you’ll work up your own rather than apeing Jake’s.
- Combining melody and chords.
Extra Credit: Learn how to read sheet music to expand your repetoire.
Step 4: Finger Twisters
Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
In the Mood
Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music for a Found Harmonium
James Bond Theme (difficult version)
More tricky ukulele tabs
Iron and Wine – Naked As We Came
Nick Drake – Cello Song
Radiohead – Street Spirit
More Nightmare tabs
Extra Credit: Check out John King’s Classical Ukulele, Mark Nelson’s Fingerstyle Solos for ‘Ukulele and my ebook How to Play Ragtime Ukulele for some fingerpicking challenges.