Henry Mancini – Moon River (Tab)


Moon River (Tab)

This seems to be the song of choice for angel-voiced, wood-dwelling, elfin ukulele ladies. A close investigation will reveal I’m none of those things. But, screw it, I wanted to do a version.

This arrangement is fairly straight-forward. It’s mostly played with a thumb. I play a few extra supporting strums (not shown in the tab).

Melody


Moon River (Melody) (Tab)

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  1. Dan August 25th, 2011 10:42 pm

    Awesome! I am still working on your arrangement of “He’s a Pirate,” but I just about got it. I will learn this one next! :)

    And I just commented how I used to love Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

    I secretly still do.

    Thanks!

  2. Polly August 26th, 2011 12:35 am

    Thank you so much for putting so much work into this website; it’s so helpful and a constant inspiration.

  3. Rhea August 26th, 2011 1:22 am

    Very nice! What a winsome, soulful cover. Thanks for providing the tab.

  4. pepamahina August 26th, 2011 5:20 am

    Feeling a little sentimental this week? Well, despite your lack of pixie credentials, I like your arrangement the best. Nice to let the uke carry the melody for those of us who can’t trill quite as sweetly as Dala. I do wish they had an mp3 of theirs though, it’s quite lovely.

  5. Woodshed August 26th, 2011 6:52 am

    Dan: Good luck with it.

    Polly: Thanks for the kind words.

    Rhea: That’s the first time anything I’ve done has been called ‘winsome’. Thanks.

    pepamahina: No, not at all!

  6. Scott August 26th, 2011 12:43 pm

    Seriously? Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the awesome tabs you post. This one is beautiful! It will be perfect for the lullaby recordings I’m working on for my brand new niece and nephew.

  7. Josh Gordon August 26th, 2011 4:14 pm

    Sweet arrangment. I’ve already tweaked it a little bit — it’s a natural for some campanella style fingerings. For example, the third bar, the last three notes so much want to be open first string, open fourth string, first fret second string. Anytime I see third fret second string on a single note, I think to myself, “does open fourth string work?” Of course, that makes it annoying for the low-g players, but I’ve got my own biases…

  8. NC Fan August 26th, 2011 4:15 pm

    You rock! Thanks so much for all you do to support we little folks of ukie-dom.

  9. Amanda August 26th, 2011 9:50 pm

    Wood this isn’t just the song of choice for angel-voiced, wood-dwelling, elfin ukulele ladies. It’s also the song of choice for us alto, with a partner who smokes, blue haired punkgirls too. ;-)

    Thanks a million for this one, seriously frikkin life saver. My partner told my mom I was learning uke and she demanded in a loud voice I learn to play this song for her. So it’s learn the damn song or have her going on about “all the sleepless nights, no charge, all the stretch marks….” well you get the picture.

    Anyway thanks again oh and on another note got my copy of Uke for Dummies yesterday. Congrats absolutely brilliant book. So much is clearer now, and that’s just after 6 chapters.

  10. Woodshed August 26th, 2011 11:50 pm

    Scott: You’re welcome.

    Josh: Yeah, I did that myself at one point. But I wanted to keep the tune thumb-only.

    Amanda: Very glad it can be put to good mum-impressing use. And thanks for the kind words about the book. Really glad you like it.

  11. Mario August 27th, 2011 12:22 am

    Very nice. I love it! :-)

    PS: I too play the concert Uke and I love it!!

  12. Mander Mae August 27th, 2011 4:02 am

    I think you could pull off wood-dwelling if you wanted to.

  13. Woodshed August 27th, 2011 3:41 pm

    Mario: Thanks very much!

    Mander Mae: I really couldn’t. I’d last about 17 minutes in the great outdoors.

  14. Logan August 27th, 2011 7:05 pm

    Ahhhh your site makes my day.
    And this, this song makes for the icing on the cake.
    Many thanks for your numerous wonderful tabs.

  15. Woodshed August 28th, 2011 7:04 am

    Logan: Thanks!

  16. RobNy August 31st, 2011 10:28 pm

    This combined with Crazy in my repertoire will make me the envy of the ukulele playing public. Thank you

  17. Woodshed August 31st, 2011 10:39 pm

    Rob: Very glad to hear it.

  18. Anya September 3rd, 2011 4:28 pm

    thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

  19. Woodshed September 4th, 2011 11:41 am

    Anya: You’re welcome, you’re welcome, you’re welcome!!!!!!

  20. Myrddin September 11th, 2011 9:45 pm

    It’s great Woodshed! Thanks a lot for all the great tabs on here! One question; I noticed that your strumming with your thumb in this, isn’t this a bad habit, or is it okay in certain circumstances?

  21. Woodshed September 12th, 2011 11:28 am

    Myrddin: Good question. It was a deliberate choice. I don’t advice thumb strumming when you’re doing chords, but for solo stuff it adds a texture and makes it easier to target which string to strum up to.

  22. Erin November 16th, 2011 6:57 pm

    Thank you so much! I’ve been looking everywhere for a solid tab of this, it’s my favorite song in the whole wide world. So thank you, I can’t wait to tackle this and share it :)

  23. Woodshed November 17th, 2011 12:00 pm

    Erin: You’re welcome!

  24. Cat March 25th, 2013 11:32 pm

    Thanks! Beautiful.

  25. Woodshed March 26th, 2013 7:50 am

    Cat: You’re welcome! I’m going to assume you’re referring to my face.

  26. Luis September 26th, 2013 12:59 am

    Wow!!!!
    One of my favorite songs ever!!!
    I just built my own uke, and this is the first arrangement I’ll play with it…!
    Love it!!!
    Thanks a lot!!!

  27. Woodshed September 26th, 2013 8:34 am

    Luis: You’re very welcome!

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