The Beatles – Across the Universe (Tab)

The Beatles – Across the Universe (Tab)

Since it’s Christmas, I’m breaking my no Beatles rule to do this one I’ve had a fair few requests for over the years.

I’ve kept the arrangement as simple as possible. After the fingerpicking in the first bar it’s all strumming and lots of familiar chord shapes. And the melody is recognisable you don’t have to worry about emphasising it all that much. I’m using a capo at the first fret which puts it in the same key as the original. But you can just play it open if you prefer.

The only thing that might trip you up are the extra beats that he throws in. There’s one extra beat in the middle of the verse and two extra at the end.

In case you’re not familiar with the Italian repeats in the tab. You play through as normal up to the “D.S. al coda” in bar 29. Then you go back to the squiggle in bar 13. Play through to the “Da Coda” in bar 23. Then skip ahead to the target symbol in bar 30.


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  1. Kevin finn December 22nd, 2017 10:28 am

    Very nicely done,Beautiful, thank you Al
    Kevin N.J

  2. Mark December 22nd, 2017 11:57 am

    Nice and easy and quite satisfying to play. Thanks. I still think your rule is generally valid, though.

  3. gretels treasures December 22nd, 2017 12:03 pm

    Why no beatles? Thank you for your blog, love getting your posts

  4. Woodshed December 22nd, 2017 2:14 pm

    Kevin: Thanks very much!

    Mark: Glad you like it!

    gretels: Because there’s a lot of Beatles ukulele stuff around already. I don’t need to add to the pile. Thanks for the kind words!

  5. xavier34 December 22nd, 2017 3:47 pm

    Hey love your vids man, but i was wondering how one can suggest a song for you to maybe tab, do i just post on the comment section?
    2nd question is the ukertabs thing broken? how can i access it?
    Anyways keep up the good work, you make me want to work harder on my uke skillz

  6. Corina December 22nd, 2017 4:07 pm

    Can I just say I love you? I tried to learn this song a couple years ago and I couldn’t find anything that sounded right; even if I mashed different tabs with bits I liked.
    This is… simply perfect. Thank you!

    Btw… anything I play where my friends go “oh I really like that one” has come from you :)

  7. Woodshed December 23rd, 2017 5:45 am

    xavier34: The best thing to do is submit it here. Yeah, it’s broken, I’m afraid.

    Corina: That’s fantastic! Thanks so much.

  8. Mike R December 24th, 2017 7:13 am

    Very nice.
    Of course the original is in D – it’s only Phil Spector’s version that was slowed down to D?.
    Junk would be a good one to do – I’ve never seen an arrangement of it.

  9. Mike R December 24th, 2017 7:14 am

    …down to D flat.

  10. Mark Trevis December 24th, 2017 8:16 pm

    Thank you for doing this one. One of my favourite and a good one for our combo to learn and play. Happy Festivus!!!

  11. Woodshed January 1st, 2018 7:41 pm

    Mike: Thanks very much for the suggestion. I’ll keep that in mind.

    Mark: A delightful Festivus to you too!

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