The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun Riff (Tab)


Here Comes the Sun (Harp Ukulele Version)

Since I put up two videos played on my aNueNue harp ukulele I’ve had a steady stream of tab requests. Strange since most people requesting them don’t even own one. My arrangement of Albatross wouldn’t work on a standard ukulele. But my version of Here Comes the Sun certainly could.

It works so well on ukulele I was convinced it was written on one. It uses a capo on the 7th fret of the guitar which makes it the same tuning as a D-tuned ukulele (George’s favourite) and fits just fine on four strings. But according to Eric Clapton in the George Harrison documentary it was written on guitar.

For the harp version I’m tuned as aNueNue suggest with the bass strings as C, D, E, F and the uke strings in low-G tuning.

Standard Tuning Version


Here Comes the Sun Riff (Standard Tuning)

Here’s a slightly adapted version for a standard tuned ukulele. Use D-tuning or slap on a capo at the second fret if you want to be in the same key as the original.

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21 Comments

  1. paulmoody February 24th, 2012 11:43 am

    Woodshed doing Beatles!? What has the world come to!? Great tab though!

  2. Woodshed February 24th, 2012 4:09 pm

    paulmoody: Sometimes I have to break the rules even when the rules are mine.

  3. Readie February 24th, 2012 5:30 pm

    Lurverly! I’ll give it a bash (and probably screw it up).

  4. Yukon February 24th, 2012 7:49 pm

    This is really nice–you’re right, it does feel perfectly suited to the uke. The only tricky part is bringing out the melody notes (especially on my Vita, which gives the low notes a TON of resonance).

  5. Theo February 24th, 2012 8:04 pm

    Wow, I am ridiculously jealous of that harp uke.

  6. Woodshed February 26th, 2012 3:29 pm

    Readie: Good luck with it.

    Yukon: It is really suited. I hope Clapton is lying!

    Theo: It is pretty great!

  7. Theo February 29th, 2012 7:54 pm

    Also, is there any chance of an MP3 or video of the normal uke version?

  8. Theo February 29th, 2012 8:03 pm

    Nevermind, I realised that I was just playing it much too slow.

  9. pepamahina March 1st, 2012 1:58 am

    It honestly warms my heart to see you playing that happy tune all snuggled up with that thing…maybe even a little half smile sneaking out of there? Looks like you finally got that harp you really wanted in the first place. Congratulations my friend, and thanks for sharing.

  10. Woodshed March 2nd, 2012 11:48 am

    pepamahina: No, not even a hint of a smile.

  11. btUkePlayer March 5th, 2012 6:28 pm

    Hey woodshed, cant you do a version for standard tuning GCEA? That would be nice.

  12. Snacks March 6th, 2012 9:27 am

    I think this is GCEA the second tuning is probably for the harp portion of woodshed’s awesome toy.

  13. Terry Kinakin March 9th, 2012 8:30 am

    Sure enjoyed hearing and seeing you play that cool uke..thanks for posting it…

  14. Woodshed March 12th, 2012 6:46 am

    Terry: Thanks. Glad you like it.

  15. O'Reilly November 12th, 2012 1:37 am

    I have no idea what d-tuning looks like on a uke… perhaps I will google it.

  16. Allan Gardner July 12th, 2013 12:19 pm

    Lovely – I will try it on my Jay Buckey HarpUke – though I normally have it tuned highG, I’m sure I’ll find a way round it.

    Whilst I’m in begging mode can you do the HarpUke tab for Albatross sometime? please??

  17. Woodshed July 13th, 2013 11:13 am

    Allan: If you use combine the standard tuning version of the tab with the bass notes it should work out well.

    If I can work up a standard tuned version of it I’ll get the harp version written up as well.

  18. Allan Gardner July 14th, 2013 2:13 pm

    Cheers Al, The JayBuckey has 6 bass strings, so it shouldn’t prove a problem, can have both high and low G at the same time ;)

    Looking forward to Albatross tab – your version is a cracker!

  19. Cassie Tucker July 22nd, 2013 5:44 pm

    Are you dumb Paul wrote every song he did on a ukulele
    this is a Paul song. They all carried a ukulele when they traveled. I’m 12 and I knew that.

  20. Cassie Tucker July 22nd, 2013 5:45 pm

    Eric Clapton was wrong.

  21. KG December 13th, 2013 6:31 pm

    Just reading through people’s comments. Cassie Tucker, are you saying that ‘Paul’ wrote this song? Have a look at your Beatles books and figure out what’s happening. As for whether Clapton was right, he was there! It was his garden! Harrison was skiving & went to visit. A happy accident of one amazing riff.

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