Mumford & Sons – The Cave (Tab and Chords)

Mumford & Sons – The Cave (Chords)

So we’re all playing ukulele because of Mumford and Sons. According to the London Evening Standard and STV. Having inspired a ukulele boom is quite an achievement considering:

a) they released their debut album long after the resurgence began;
b) they’re not much known across the pond;
c) they don’t play ukuleles and
d) their big hit is in the key of E guaranteeing annoyed ukers.

Yes, this one is in E. So I’ve taken the usual step of moving it up to F for ease of playing. That means you’ll have to tune down half a step if you want to play along with the original. But it’s a top notch tune so worth the bother.

Twiddly Bits

The Cave (Intro Tab)

Intro and Verse

Even with the tuning down, this one takes a bit of finagling on uke. The picking I use is:

g and C = Thumb
E = Index
A = Middle

Suggested Strumming

All you need here is simple Strum #1 from the Strum Book: all down strums. But in the exciting parts, feel free to throw in any up strums you deem fit.

Chord Inversions

From the D minor chord in the chorus, I like to use these inversions of the chords:

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  1. Woodshed July 28th, 2011 8:50 pm

    Harry: If you want to play along with the record, you need to tune down a fret.

  2. Harry July 30th, 2011 10:36 am

    Got it. Thanks alot mate this great

  3. Zephyrine August 18th, 2011 2:56 am

    This song is pretty fabulous, but I have a totally off-topic question: have you ever thought to put any of Villager’s songs to uke, especially The Pact (I’ll be Your Fever)? With maybe some helpful strumming pattern hints? Check em out! Thanks woodshed, you’re my hero ^_^

  4. Woodshed August 18th, 2011 7:11 am

    Zephyrine: No! Must admit, never heard of them.

  5. alow August 26th, 2011 11:29 pm

    at 2:10 in the cave theres a uke i think

  6. Woodshed August 26th, 2011 11:46 pm

    alow: I don’t think so, I’m afraid.

  7. robert September 5th, 2011 5:55 am

    please do “dust bowl dance”, many thanks

  8. o doggy dog September 20th, 2011 5:18 pm

    totally awsome tab

  9. Jess - yeah what an unimaginativename October 9th, 2011 10:46 am

    Ah, love you man for showing me this song!!! I always get baffled by all the comments from uke players yet I’ve never actually met a ukulele player in person… but I do hate social interaction and people bug me in general so maybe thats why. Anywhoo… great song and I just got back from Noah and whale Concert- no uke’s used and finding this song cheered me up from my post gig blues thanks :)

  10. Matt November 16th, 2011 3:16 am

    Hi, i was wondering if someone could help me with the strumming. I realize he uses mostly down strums, but is that a down strum for every time the chord is mentioned? or is there something more?

  11. Keelan November 19th, 2011 9:56 pm

    I Never Understood Why You Play This Song All Over The Fret Board


    Try That

  12. Keelan November 19th, 2011 10:12 pm
  13. Woodshed November 19th, 2011 10:42 pm

    Keelan: I arranged it that way because it sounds better.

  14. Patrick February 15th, 2012 10:38 pm

    August 24th, 2010 6:37 pm
    P.S. Winter Winds is a perfect song for ukulele.

    Yea it is. Can’t find tabs for it. Any suggestions? Love these tabs

  15. Katy July 11th, 2012 6:10 pm

    The chord pdf won’t load but the tab one will, help? is it just my computer being a pain or is anyone else having problems?

    It was brilliant though when it was working! And I think I have mastered the intro :P xXx

  16. Woodshed July 11th, 2012 10:54 pm

    Katy: Sorry about that. It seems to be working fine for me now.

  17. Ivan August 21st, 2012 11:34 am

    thx a lot for the chords! i am so gad i found this website!
    uker from ukraine waves hi to yall:)

  18. Ivan August 21st, 2012 11:44 am


  19. Woodshed August 22nd, 2012 9:26 am

    Hi, Ivan and all Ukrainian ukers!

  20. Joey Drake January 14th, 2014 4:44 pm

    Hey! On the pdf it says that the tuning should be G# B D# F#. If you just tuned your uke down a half step wouldn’t it be G# D# B F# or F# B D# G# if you started from the top?

  21. Joey Drake January 14th, 2014 5:32 pm

    Never mind! I take that back! I was reading the tuning in the wrong order. Sorry about that!

  22. Woodshed January 15th, 2014 8:27 pm

    Joey Drake: No problem. Took me a while to figure out what was going on!

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