Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman (Chords)

Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman (Chords)

It’s been a sad few weeks with three music legends dying: BB King, Ben E King and Percy Sledge.

In tribute to Percy Sledge I had to write up one of the greatest cheating songs: When A Man Loves a Woman. Bang a capo on the first fret and it works perfectly on ukulele.

Suggested Strumming

Two ponderous downstrums per chord will get you through the verses.

In the verse it’s four downstrums per chord. But at the end of the first and second lines there’s a little walk down on the A-string. There do three long downstrums on the C. Then one quick downstrum each on C – Cmaj7 – C7. If you prefer you can just play 3 – 2 – 1 on the A-string.

Twiddley Bits

From the second verse on there’s a great guitar part. Here’s my adaptation of it for ukulele:


Again, this is played with a capo at the first fret.


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  1. Jim May 27th, 2015 12:50 pm


  2. Nola Roden May 29th, 2015 1:11 pm

    That was awesome. Although I’ve never used a capo so I’m not sure how the notes work when plucking the tune! Thanks :D

  3. Liz May 30th, 2015 8:11 am

    Thanks so much Al! This has got me back to playing my uke again – have really neglected it lately – overcome by life, stress, the universe.

  4. Woodshed May 30th, 2015 3:29 pm

    Jim: Glad you enjoyed it!

    Nola: If you move everything up one fret it should work out.

    Liz: Glad you’re back ukeing!

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