Songs from Steven Universe (Chords and Tab)

It’s Theme Tune Week on Uke Hunt this week. And I’m starting out with Steven Universe. The show is packed with great ukeable tunes thanks to show creator and ukulelist Rebecca Sugar. If you’re an SU fan and a uker I highly recommend following her Tumblr where she often posts ukulele demos of the songs and occasionally chords.

The plan was the right up the theme tune but I like the songs so much I ended up doing a bunch.

The Steven Strum

This chnky strum – henceforth known as the Steven strum – is clearly Steven’s favourite strum. It crops up all the time:

d – x u – u d –

Here it is played slow then fast:

You can use chnks or muted strums for the x. Or use one of the chnk alternatives. You can also emphasise the second down-strum:

d – D u – u d u

We are the Crystal Gems

We Are the Crystal Gems (Chords)

I was going to refer to this as the longer version of the theme tune but since this version showed up at Comic Con it’s now the medium sized version.

This version is a different – more uke friendly key – than the theme version. To play along with the version used as the theme tune put a capo on the second fret.

Suggested Strumming

Start with one strum per chord. Then use the Steven strum once per chord in the verse and twice per chord in the chorus.

Giant Woman

Giant Woman (Chords)

Suggested Strumming

Again start of with one down-strum per chord before moving on to the Steven strum once per chord in the verses. In the middle section play the strum twice on the B7 then one down strum on the Em and G then once on the Cmaj7 (a chord that crops up a fair bit in Steven Universe and Adventure Time songs).

Do It For Her (Demo)

Do It For Her (Demo)(Tab)

Rebecca Sugar posted a lovely fingerpicked ukulele version of this tune on her Tumblr. And it’s that version I’ve written up.

The thumb picks the C-string (and at one point the g-string) with index finger on the E-string and middle on the A.

The rhythm is much more tricksy than it sounds. I’d recommend just picking it up from listening to the track.

Here’s how the picking of the intro and verse looks:

What Can I Do For You?

What Can I Do

A steamy soul-rock song is a nice change of pace from most SU songs. It put me in mind of The Detroit Cobras.

Picking

What Can I Do (Picking Tab)

You can recreate(ish) the guitar picking like this. Pick with your thumb, then middle finger. Then flick up across the strings with the middle finger.

This is how the picking looks slow then up to speed:

Strumming

If you don’t want to pick, this is a good opportunity to break out your favourite triplet strum since it’s slow.

TTT d – TTT d –

Or you could just use down-strums:

ddd d – ddd d –

Let Me Drive My Van into Your Heart

Let Me Drive My Van into Your Heart (Chords)

Nice and easy up until the Ab in the middle section. If you want to avoid that you can play the middle section the way she does in the demo version: Bb F C Bb Cmaj7.

On the Run

On the Run (Chords)

Strumming

You can use a modified Steven strum replacing the chnk with a down-strum:

d – d u – u d –

Once per chord in the verses and twice per chord in the middle. In the outro twice on Am and once on everything else.

Steven and the Crystal Gems

Steven and the Crystal Gems (Chords)

The two chords at the end are played way up the neck (as indicated by the fret numbers at the top right). If your uke doesn’t have a 13th fret you can just play the chords in their more familiar positions Bbmaj7 – 3210 and Bb = 3211.

Suggested Strumming

Verse: Steven strum once per chord. All except the last chord then do the Steven strum twice.

Bridge: Steven strum twice per chord.

Chorus: Steven strum once per chord. Except the Eb – F change on “alternate” do d – d u once each there. And just one down-strum on the last two chords.

Serious Song

Serious Song (Chords)

I was very worried about the wellbeing of his ukulele in this episode.

I’m using a fairly strange way of playing the F and G chords. Barreing the g, C and E strings with my middle finger and muting the A-string. If you prefer you can play the usual open versions of all the chords. If you doing that you might want to switch the B for a G7 and change chords normally rather than sliding.

Suggested Strumming

Intro: d u d u d u d u

Verse: The Steven strum once per chord.

Last line: d u d u once for Cm and G7. Then d u on the C, down on the B then slide the shape up one fret to make it the C chord.

Here’s my take on it:

Cookie Cat Rap

CookieCat

Lots of fun to play.

Here’s how my ukulele version goes:

Links

Buy it on iTunes
Steven Universe on Cartoon Network
RebeccaSugar.tumblr.com

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21 Comments

  1. Carrie Griffin July 21st, 2015 6:27 pm

    If every porkchop was perfect we wouldn’t have hotdogs!

  2. Woodshed July 21st, 2015 6:44 pm

    Carrie: I just turned all my fingers into cats!

  3. The Captain July 25th, 2015 1:19 pm

    I’m really loving the tunes and they are fun to play!

  4. Woodshed July 26th, 2015 9:59 pm

    Captain: Glad you’re enjoying them!

  5. Bobby September 1st, 2015 11:35 pm

    I wanted to say thank you for all of the great music you’ve shared. To be truly honest playing has gotten me through allot hard times. I had a roof accident in 2005 which has changed my life dramatically. I do live in hawaii, and before my accident was a very active person. Surfing, biking, or even just being in the ocean, to much of a chance of a reoccurring staph MERSA infection. But, playing music has helped distract me from allot of the existing pain I have. Before playing the music you have given, I was limited to playing local Hawaiian ssongs and music from jumping Jim. Which was ok, and there is nothing wrong with Hawaiian or jumping Jim. But, I prefer to playing a different selection of music, and the music that you have shared has been incredible. So, thank you much for all the music, it’s been an incredible source of healing for me..
    Aloha
    Robert Del Mare Bostwick III or just “Bobby” as my friends call me…

  6. Woodshed September 2nd, 2015 3:56 pm

    Bobby: I’m so sorry to hear about that. It’s great to hear that playing has made things easier for you. Very proud that I could help you along the way. Thanks!

  7. Kamil December 29th, 2015 1:33 pm

    Thanks a lot for these! Steven Universe is the reason I bought a uke in the first place, but there is one great song that you seem to have skipped – ‘Be wherever you are’ (from the ‘Island Adventure’ Episode).

    There is a tab on ultimate guitar but it seems a little bit off. Of course I know it’s too much too expect any more from you with all that material we get for free!

  8. Woodshed January 4th, 2016 7:37 pm

    Kamil: I thought about doing that one. I’ll definitely keep it in mind for the future.

  9. Annabelle February 5th, 2016 10:29 pm

    Loving Giant woman

  10. Woodshed February 6th, 2016 8:11 am

    Annabelle: Me too. Great song.

  11. Aizelle Adap August 25th, 2016 7:18 am

    Awesome job with these songs!!
    I was wondering, if you havent already started on it, if you can try at “it’s over isn’t it” ?

  12. Woodshed August 25th, 2016 10:01 am

    Aizelle Adap: Thanks! I’ve already done that one here.

  13. tbone September 7th, 2016 4:45 pm

    She does a lot of the Adventure Time songs, too, yes?

  14. tbone September 7th, 2016 4:59 pm
  15. Woodshed September 8th, 2016 12:43 pm

    tbone: Yep, she’s done quite a lot of stuff on Adventure Time.

  16. Angela October 6th, 2016 5:30 am

    All of these songs are amazing!!! If you can, could you show me the chords you used for your version (the video) of “Serious Steven”? Thanks!

  17. Woodshed October 6th, 2016 6:17 am

    Angela: The chords are here.

  18. GuyWithAFace February 28th, 2017 4:32 am

    I absolutely love these! They’re so helpful. Could we get th What’s The Use Of Feeling Blue Demo in the future too?

  19. Woodshed February 28th, 2017 9:29 am

    GuyWithAFace: Thanks very much! I’ve been considering do that one. I might well give it a try.

  20. Eosstar June 17th, 2017 3:23 am

    Hey,
    I’ve been following this site for AGES and I greatly appreciate the love and care you put into every one of your tabs. I was wondering if you would ever consider doing “Love Like You”? I know its not originally for uke but its arguably one of Rebecca’s most hauntingly honest song (probably tied with “Here Comes a Thought”.) I respect your work too much to request this from anyone else :)

  21. Woodshed June 17th, 2017 4:39 pm

    Eosstar: I’ll keep it mind but it’s not very likely, I’m afraid.

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