Steve Miller Band – The Joker (Chords)

Steve Miller Band – The Joker (Chords)

I’ve felt in a bit of a rut recently. And I’ve found the best way to bust it is to changing things up a bit. So I slipped a slide on my finger and tried out some of my favourite slide guitar bits on uke. Including The Joker‘s pompatus packed solo.

If you’re in a similar position there’ll be more slide coming up in Thursday’s post and I wrote an ebook about slide playing.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this as the main strum:

d – d – d u d u

In the verse (and the first solo) you can use that once for every chord. But I like to mix it up with a “dudududu” on the last Bb of each line like this:

Verse Strum

You can use the main strum for almost all the choruses. But there’s a slight change in one chorus and the second solo with a C-Csus4 move. There I strum down twice on the C then “du” six times on the Csus4. Then two more downs and six “du”s on the Csus4. It sounds like this:

Chorus Strum

Twiddly Bits


Here’s the bass riff moved to ukulele:

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on




The Joker Slide Solo (Tab)

First thing to do for the slide solo is to tune your A-string down to G. That creates an open-C tuning. Second thing to do is to make sure you mute the strings behind the slide and mute all the strings you’re not playing.

I threw the little wolf whistle that crops up a couple of times at the end of the solo. You don’t need much accuracy in playing it. I just slide up as far as I can go. Then slide up to about the tenth fret and down.


The Joker on iTunes
How to Play Slide Ukulele

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  1. Frank November 2nd, 2016 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the song and tabs. I am new to ukulele and found your site very interesting and informative. I like what you offer and just want to say thanks for the help. The Steve Miller Band song is great and the slide technique is interesting. I may have to try some of your e-books.

  2. Liz November 2nd, 2016 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the chords. This is a great sitting-’round-a-campfire song, everyone seems to know the words even if they haven’t heard the song in ages.

  3. Woodshed November 2nd, 2016 10:24 pm

    Frank: Thanks very much! Glad you like it.

    Liz: You’re very welcome!

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