Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (Instrumental Tab)

Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (Tab)

Here’s one if you’re looking for a challenge. There are lots of jumps around the neck, syncopated rhythms, twists and turns, and tricky strum blocking to get to grips with.

On part that isn’t too difficult is the strumming hand. Most of the song my right hand is just strumming sixteenth notes. The rhythm is created by muting and playing strings with the left hand.

For example, in the intro you play a constant strum, hold down the chord stabs and mute the g-string (I use the thumb of my fretting hand), otherwise mute all the strings.

Here’s a video of it done slowly then up to speed:

The verse is done in a similar way. Strum constant sixteenth notes and mute the strings when nothing is played. The difference is you also have to mute all but one string. That can get tricky and it takes a lot of practice. I call this strum blocking and I did a tutorial on it here. It’s a great way to give a piece lots of attack and a strong rhythm.

In this song I mostly mute the g-string with my thumb, C-string with my middle finger, E-string with my ring finger and the A-string with the underside of my index finger. But you’ll need to play around with it and see what works best for you.

Here’s the first line of the first verse played slowly then up to speed:

Note: in the tab I’ve noted the muted strums with just one x to keep the tab clean. But you do strum all the strings.

Other note: In the video I mess up the ‘Saturday night…’ bit in the middle section. It should sound the same as it does in the bridge sections.


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  1. Jotegr February 6th, 2015 2:33 am

    Welcome back. When are we starting a Ukulele ZZ top cover band?

  2. Jeff February 6th, 2015 3:39 am

    Hey Al,

    This is great, thanks for posting! Just started working on this. It will be a fun one!

    On the funk note, have you ever considered arranging any Prince pieces? I’m trying to arrange Little Red Corvette, but off to a slow start so far.

    Keep up the great work!


  3. Woodshed February 6th, 2015 2:23 pm

    Jotegr: Thanks! I still need some work to get up to ZZ Top standards.

    Jeff: Thanks very much! It’s possible. I’ll keep it in mind.

  4. Readie February 9th, 2015 12:47 pm

    Hot damn, that’s impressive. Call the emergency services, both police and fire.

  5. Woodshed February 9th, 2015 2:41 pm

    Readie: Hahaha! Thanks very much.

  6. adrian February 15th, 2015 10:39 pm

    What type of uke is that in the video?

  7. Woodshed February 16th, 2015 9:48 am

    adrian: A KoAloha Sceptre.

  8. John Dixon March 5th, 2015 9:57 pm

    Just out of, none of my business interest, how many ukes have you got? My quess is twelve.

  9. wastad May 6th, 2015 7:44 am

    great- don’t know how I missed this.

    on the ‘nile rodgers giggin tips’ vid he says

    – ‘the more information you hear the less funky it is’


  10. wastad May 6th, 2015 7:54 am

    and wow

  11. Woodshed May 6th, 2015 10:55 pm

    wastad: That’s good advice. I should take it and play less!

  12. Marielle April 22nd, 2016 1:14 am

    Little Red Corvette especially or any Prince in light of today’s sad news.


  13. Woodshed April 22nd, 2016 5:00 pm

    Marielle: I’m planning some Prince for next week.

  14. SCOTT July 5th, 2016 1:29 am

    This arrangement is amazing!!! Well done guys! This is the best ukulele website on the internet by far. The arrangements you have on here are second to none. Keep up the great work!

  15. Woodshed July 5th, 2016 6:40 am

    SCOTT: Thanks so much!

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