Eddie Vedder – Tuolumne (Tab)

Eddie Vedder – Tuolumne (Tab)

Nype suggested I do a uke version of Eddie Vedder’s Tuolumne from the soundtrack of Into the Wild (and the precursor to Just Breathe). I was a bit trepedacious as a lot of guitar picking songs end up finger-crunchingly tricky on ukulele. But it actually works out very well. I didn’t even have to change the key.

Trickiest Bit

Moving down from the 10th fret at the end of bar 2 to the 3rd fret. If you have trouble with that you can take off that 10th fret and just play bar 2 like bar 3.

Picking Pattern

The right hand is doing a constant Travis-picking pattern. The thumb alternates between the g and C-strings, the index finger picks the E-string and the middle finger picks the A-string.

Here’s the pattern:


And here’s what it looks like slowed down:

The only variation is that I occasionally miss out the final i to buy some time for the chord change. And the slow-down bit at the end of bar 7.


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  1. Josh June 28th, 2013 5:49 am

    Please do more eddie vedder!!!! Every song from that album is amazing and sounds great on the uke! Great videos in general!

  2. Kennet June 28th, 2013 5:50 am

    Still learning – would songs like this work with assigning each finger to a string? i’d like to practise that kind of fingerpicking to perfection, before moving to other kinds. Thinking it could make the two to get mixed up in my brain, if i dont.

  3. IVEY June 28th, 2013 2:40 pm

    Thanx Sir Al, you are the best!

  4. Kempo June 28th, 2013 4:00 pm

    Aye… I’ll be havin that, Cheers Al!

  5. Kempo June 28th, 2013 4:08 pm

    Nice, only problem now is… how do I PRONOUNCE it?

  6. Caroline June 28th, 2013 5:51 pm

    Kempo: too-AH-lum-ee

    Al: Thanks so much for posting such a great tab.

  7. Woodshed June 28th, 2013 10:51 pm

    Josh: I’ve done quite a lot already!

    Kennet: I wouldn’t recommend playing it that way.

    IVEY: You’re too kind!

    Kempo: You’re welcome.

    Caroline: Thanks for clearing that up. The internets can’t seem to agree on a pronunciation.

  8. Karthik June 29th, 2013 8:32 am

    Ah, this is fantastic.

    BTW, I don’t know if it’s from practicing Ukulele Mike’s Beatles tutorials on Youtube, where he does a lot of Travis picking, but I can do all chord changes without having to omit any i’s.

    (I’ve never picked up a song that sounded this good in less than ten minutes before. It feels amazing! Thank you for the tabs.)

  9. Woodshed June 30th, 2013 8:12 am

    Karthik: Congratulations!

  10. Nype July 1st, 2013 1:28 am

    Thank you SO much.

  11. Woodshed July 1st, 2013 9:32 am

    Nype: You’re welcome. Thanks for the suggestion.

  12. Shaun July 3rd, 2013 1:02 am

    That whole soundtrack made me early 20s.. back then I had this insane urge to abandon society and just live in the woods. Very special memories were created to that music.

  13. Chandler July 11th, 2013 8:53 pm

    Do you pick harder with certain fingers? For me playing this, it just sounds like the ‘G’ string is overpowering.

  14. Woodshed July 11th, 2013 9:26 pm

    Chandler: I’m playing the thumb notes (on the g and C) less strong but that should happen fairly naturally anyway.

  15. Max July 27th, 2013 3:40 pm

    I’m finding myself picking this with only my thumb and middle finger. Do you think this will create a big issue with speed as I’m trying to increase the tempo?

  16. Woodshed July 29th, 2013 7:28 am

    Max: It’s probably possible to do. I think it would be a lot more difficult that way though.

  17. Michele February 20th, 2015 6:26 am

    This tab is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. You’re a truly talented musician :)

  18. Woodshed February 20th, 2015 12:10 pm

    Michele: Thanks so much!

  19. Steve July 15th, 2015 3:09 am

    I just came across this. It sounds so nice – just like the original song – and with a bit of practice I think I’ll have it down. Thank you!

  20. Woodshed July 15th, 2015 8:55 am

    Steve: Thanks! Happy practicing!

  21. Irish Tom August 25th, 2015 10:26 pm

    love your site. Really awesome.
    Any chance you could explain to me what the 1-3 (above bar 2) and the 4 (above bar 3) mean?
    I would be really grateful. More than I am already.

    Thomas, Ireland

  22. Woodshed August 26th, 2015 9:24 pm

    Irish Tom: Those tell you to play the bar under the 1-3 for the first three repeats. Then for the fourth repeat skip ahead to the bar with 4 above it.

  23. Cathy September 25th, 2015 5:29 pm

    My brother in law is making me a uke out of a gourd (I’m so excited – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fK4nJS1kSI) and I’ve decided to learn this song as a welcome home present for it. It’s harder than any of the few picking songs I know, but I think I can do it, with your detailed instructions (i.e. the picking pattern video, etc.).

  24. Woodshed September 27th, 2015 9:28 pm

    Cathy: I love the sound of that instrument!

  25. Lisette November 18th, 2015 6:12 pm

    Hi, I would love to use your version for a promoclip for our NGO, would that be fine with you?

  26. Woodshed November 18th, 2015 7:01 pm

    Lisette: I’d be delighted. Obviously I don’t own the rights to the song itself so I can’t say about that. But I’m happy for you to use it from my end.

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