Away in a Manger (Tab)

Away in a Manger (Full Arrangement Tab)

I thought I’d do a tab to give you an idea of what the stuff in the How to Play Christmas Ukulele ebook is like. Which, by the way, you can get $2 off if you use the code ‘armadillo’ by the 18th December.

But I’m not sure why I chose this one. I can’t stand the ‘baby Jesus meek and mild’ lyrics. I’m more into the ‘Jesus is here to fuck shit up‘ songs. But the tunes nice.

Like in the ebook, I’ve done two arrangements for this. The first one is a full arrangement that has the melody and back played on one uke. It’s arranged very simply. The right hand is all done with the thumb. And the left hand is based on familiar chord shapes (F, Bb, Gm and C).

Melody Arrangement

Away in a Manger (Melody Arrangement Tab)

The second arrangement is even simpler. The tab is just the single note melody which stays in the first position (except a quick trip to the fifth fret). And the chords above it.

For the strumming I’m doing this once for each bar:

d – d u d –

Here’s that being played:

Away in a Manger (MP3)

I’ve put the chords and melody on different sides so you can adjust your balance and play along with either.

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  1. Olive December 15th, 2011 6:34 pm

    Great tab! Simple and lovely. Thanks for posting. And may I say your tabs are looking sharper than ever! The chords displayed above the bars help a great deal

  2. mark December 16th, 2011 9:55 am

    Hi Woodshed – great tab as usual. I reckon though that you could replace the Bb in bar 4 with a C7, and then in bar 5 a Gm7 for the first two beats and back to C7 for the third beat.

    Just a suggestion!


  3. Kempo December 16th, 2011 5:01 pm

    That’s all well and good Al, but I much prefer the ‘Firm-but-fair’ Jesus.

    He’d definitely get my vote as Messiah Of Choice.

  4. pepamahina December 17th, 2011 12:19 pm

    It’s a pity that the Villa of Papyri contained no charred remains of raucous Saturnalia tunes that you could transpose. Oh well, at least it’s not the Little Drummer Boy.

  5. Woodshed December 17th, 2011 11:32 pm

    Olive: Thanks very much!

    Mark: Yeah, you could definitely do that. I was trying to keep it as simple as I could.

    Kempo: I still miss Big Train. Great show.

    pepamahina: That would be amazing!

  6. keith December 19th, 2011 7:17 pm

    simple is good, for those of us just starting out

  7. Luke December 21st, 2011 3:43 am

    whats up with you and Armadillos?

  8. Sharon December 23rd, 2011 10:05 pm

    Thank you – I have given the simpler arrangement to my 8 year old who tells me he wants to play a Christmas carol but hasn’t really got the whole strumming thing going.

  9. Joy Vischio November 22nd, 2012 8:08 pm

    Just as I was getting excited about downloading your Away in a Manger tabs, I read your vulgar comment re the words….how sad and needless to say, none of your tabs for me….that was a real turn-off…

  10. Woodshed November 23rd, 2012 8:48 am

    Joy: I picked the most vulgar name for the blog I could think of to warn people.

  11. Mike December 4th, 2014 8:52 am

    Sounds nice, but nothing like Away In A Manger. Is this a different version?

  12. Woodshed December 4th, 2014 9:13 am

    Mike: It might well be. It’s the version that’s sung most often in the UK. Might be a different tune elsewhere.

  13. Ann November 17th, 2015 2:42 pm

    Lovely arrangement, and you play beautifully. Too bad you chose to use such vulgarity above; totally unnecessary, and offensive to many.

  14. Woodshed November 17th, 2015 3:39 pm

    Ann: There are plenty of ukulele websites that cater to those people. This isn’t one of them.

  15. david March 14th, 2017 8:36 pm

    I just want to see some of the Jesus is here to . . . well, you know, songs.

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