Christmas Tabs and Chords

If you’re looking for something festive to learn here’s a complete rundown of everything Christmassy on the site.

Christmas eBooks

I’ve written 3 collections of easy Christmas tabs: How to Play Christmas Ukulele, Christmas Ukulele 2 and Christmas Ukulele 3.

You can pick up all three for the price of 2 by buying the whole Christmas Trilogy at once. And you can get an extra $2 off if you use this code in the shopping cart: theothertinytim

Chords

12 Days of Christmas
A Christmas Duel – The Hives and Cyndi Lauper
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Chiron Beta Prime – Jonathan Coulton
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
Christmas for Cowboys – John Denver/Ballard C Boyd
Christmas in July – Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick
Cold Outside – Julia Nunes & Wade Johnson
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
Fuck Christmas – Eric Idle
Give the Jew Girl Toys – Sarah Silverman
It’s Cliched to be Cynical At Christmas – Half Man Half Biscuit
iPod X-mas – Hello Saferide
Let It Snow
Lumberjack Christmas/Christmases Past – Sufjan Stevens
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight) – The Ramones
Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
No Christmas – Zee Avi
Present Face – Garfunkel and Oates
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Run, Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry
Santa Baby
Santa Will Find You – Mindy Smith/Tripping Lily
Silver Bells – She & Him
Space Christmas – Allo Darlin
The Christmas Song – Weezer
The Christmas Song Song – Rocky and Balls
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Year End Letter – Garfunkel and Oates
You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch

Tabs

Away in a Manger
Carol of the Bells
Christmastime Is Here (from Charlie Brown)
German Christmas Carols
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Instrumental)
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Little Drummer Boy
Mele Kalikimaka
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
O Christmas Tree (Single Note Version)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night (Harmonics Version)
Silent Night (Single Note Version)
Sleigh Ride – U900 / The Ventures
Various – Wilfried Welti’s Musikalisches Naschwerk für Solo Ukulele
We Three Kings
White Christmas

Blind Melon – No Rain (Tabs and Chords)


Blind Melon – No Rain (Chords)

I originally had this one planned for the Acoustic Intros post. But in a fit of nostalgia I blundered into writing up the entire thing.

The chords are a bit tricky. There’s a fast switch between G and the dreaded E chord. You can make the transition a little quicker by using these alternative chord shapes. Or you can put a capo on the second fret and play it like this.

Suggested Strumming

For the intro, chorus and solos do this on the E chord:

d – d – d u d

And this on the D:

u – u – u – u d u

Notice that you switch chords on the up strum. Together they sound like this:


MP3

In the verses you can use this twice on E and D and once on A:

d – d u – u d –

One long down strum on A and two down strums on G.


Verse Strum

Twiddly Bits

Here’s the intro. It’s nice and simple.

NoRainLead


Intro

No Rain (Lead Tab)

The verse follows a similar pattern and includes a few bends. Things get very tricky in the solo. I’ve had to move things around to fit them onto uke.

Here’s how it sounds:


MP3

Links

Buy it on iTunes

Bonus Tabs and Chords

It seems I just can’t stop myself tabbing. Despite being on a blog break the last few weeks, I put up a few time-sensitive tabs and chords in other places. Here’s a catch-up on them:

O’Neill – Nun Song (From Orange is the New Black)(Chords)


O’Neill- Nun Song (Chords)

As I mentioned yesterday I loved the second series of Orange is the New Black (even if it was the straw that broke that camel’s back and made me sick of John “sick fuck” Green being everywhere.)

Of course my favourite part was O’Neill’s anti-nun banjolele song. So I had to put up the chords. And, delightfully, I got a shout out from the man himself.

Joel Marsh Garland on Twitter
Orange is the New Black on Netflix

Bottom Theme: The Mar-Keys – Last Night (Tab)


Mar-Keys – Last Night (Tab)

For anyone annoyed by my toilet humour and swearing in blog posts, you can lay the blame squarely at the feet of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson. I was obsessed with Bottom and The Dangerous Brothers in my younger days. I’ve even snuck in the occasional reference on the blog.

So after the death of Rik Mayall I had to do my own little tribute.

The Mar-Keys version on iTunes
Watch Bottom on Netflix UK

Eux Autres – World Cup Fever (Chords)

Eux Autres – World Cup Fever (Chords)

It might be four years until this song is relevant again but it’s a top notch song all the year round.

Eux Autres – World Cup Fever (Solo Tab)

Buy it on Bandcamp

Brett Domino – Sexy When You Do That (Bassoon Riff)

After all those emails begging me to transpose a riff from bassoon to ukulele I’ve finally caved in.

BrettDomino

Buy it on Bandcamp

Christmas Tabs and Chords

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and tuning its ukulele. As am I. If you’d like to join us here’s all the Christmas stuff on the site.

Christmas eBooks

I’ve done two ebooks of Christmas songs arranged very simply for the uke. Each song is done in two ways. One solo version combining the chords and tune. And one that’s just the melody. You can read more about them here:

Christmas Ukulele 1
Christmas Ukulele 2: The Second Coming
Christmas Ukulele III: Return of the Maji

They’re each just $7 but get them all at once and you can get all three for the price of two

Buy them here

Chords

12 Days of Christmas
A Christmas Duel – The Hives and Cyndi Lauper
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Christmas for Cowboys – John Denver/Ballard C Boyd
Christmas in July – Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick
Cold Outside – Julia Nunes & Wade Johnson
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
Fuck Christmas – Eric Idle
Give the Jew Girl Toys – Sarah Silverman
It’s Cliched to be Cynical At Christmas – Half Man Half Biscuit
iPod X-mas – Hello Saferide
Let It Snow
Lumberjack Christmas/Christmases Past – Sufjan Stevens
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight) – The Ramones
Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
No Christmas – Zee Avi
Present Face – Garfunkel and Oates
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Run, Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry
Santa Baby
Silver Bells – She & Him
Space Christmas – Allo Darlin
The Christmas Song – Weezer
The Christmas Song Song – Rocky and Balls
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Year End Letter – Garfunkel and Oates
You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch

Tabs

Away in a Manger
Carol of the Bells
Christmastime Is Here – Charlie Brown
German Christmas Carols
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Instrumental)
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Mele Kalikimaka
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
O Christmas Tree (Single Note Version)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night (Harmonics Version)
Silent Night (Single Note Version)
Sleigh Ride – U900 / The Ventures
We Three Kings
White Christmas

Creative Commons Ukulele Tabs and Lessons

These are distributed under an Attribution Creative Commons license (except where indicated). Meaning you can do what you like with them so long as you include a credit/link to Ukulele Hunt or to the original post.

eBooks

All my How to Play Ukulele ebooks are released under a BY-SA license. That means you’re very welcome to print stuff out and share them with your ukulele group, students or friends.
So You’ve Just Got Your First Ukulele

Instruction

Three Weird Ass Scales
Three More Weird Ass Scales

MP3s

The Ukulele Mixtape (mixed licenses)

Classical

Caruli – Andante
Chopin – Funeral March
Orff – Carmina Burana
Saint Saens – Danse Macabre
Wagner – Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)

Traditional

Bread of Heaven
The Irish Washerwoman
Korobeiniki (Tetris Theme)
London Bridge is Falling Down
Pi for Ukulele
Sakura Sakura
Waltzing Matilda
Whiskey in the Jar

Modern

Jonathan Coulton – Chiron Beta Prime (Non-Commercial)
Jonathan Coulton – First of May (Non-Commercial)
Jonathan Coulton – Re: Your Brains (Non-commercial license)
Jonathan Coulton/Molly Lewis – Tom Cruise Crazy (Non-commercial license)
Molly Lewis – Open Letter to Stephen Fry (Non-commercial license)
Amanda Palmer – Ukulele Anthem (Non-commercial license)

Christmas Songs

12 Days of Christmas
Away in a Manger
Jingle Bells
O Christmas Tree
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night (Single Note Version)
Silent Night (Harmonic Version)

Ragtime

Scott Joplin – 12th Street Rag

Cabral Estudios

Tab for pieces written for the ukulele forerunner, the machete. These are for a ukulele tuned to gCEG

Waltz and Danca Camponeza
Masanielo
God Save the Queen and Rule Britannia
Ranz de Vaches

Blank Ukulele Tab

Blank Ukulele Tab (PDF)

Big Blank Ukulele Tab (PDF)

A couple of PDFs of blank ukulele tabs for you to print out and scribble on.

David Beckingham – Alley Cat and Theme from the Rick and Bob Report (Tab)

A double bill of tabs from David Beckingham this week. And two tunes I hadn’t heard before but instantly loved: Alley Cat by Danish pianist Bent Fabric and, acoustic guitar virtuoso, Leo Kottke’s Theme from the Rick and Bob Report.

Theme From the Rick and Bob Report


David Beckingham – Theme From The Rick And Bob Report (Tab)

Buy the original on iTunes

Alley Cat


David Beckingham – Alley Cat (Tab)

Buy the original on iTunes

Links

David Beckingham on YouTube
More David Beckingham tab

Elliott Smith – Waltz #2 (XO) (Chords)


Elliott Smith – Waltz #2 (XO) (Chords)

Two things prompted me to do this one: tbone rightly chided me for not having done any Elliott Smith yet and my favourite ever episode of Roderick on the Line.

Suggested Strumming

This strum will see you all the way through the song:

d – – u d u


Main Strum (MP3)

With the intro you need to miss out the down strum on the first bar. So it starts with u d u. You can follow that with the main strum. But I like to do alternate bars of d u – u d u. So that makes the strumming for the very start of the song:

u d u
d – – u d u
d u – u d u
d – – u d u
d u – u d u

Which sounds like this:


Intro Strum (MP3)

Twiddly Bits

That’s followed by this little riff which crops up throughout the song:

Waltz2XOIntro

Here’s how that sounds against the chords (played on another uke):


Intro (MP3)

Links

Buy it on iTunes
Acoustic Intros tabs

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:

WhenAManRiff

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

Links

Buy it on iTunes
More soul tabs and chords

Uke Hunt is Eight: Roundup of the Year

Uke Hunt is eight years old. Apparently eight year olds should be able to form, “complex sentences with few grammatical errors”. I wouldn’t hold your breath for that. Here’s a selection of the stuff I managed to cobble together from half-formed sentences full of grammatical errors in the last year:

May 2014

– I released new editions of Ukulele Strums, Slide Ukulele and National Anthems.

In tabs: The Blues Run the Game
In chords: Britpop with Damon Albarn and Pulp

June 2014

Blues Ukulele and Ukulele 2014 Spotify playlists.

In tabs: Acoustic intros including Nick Drake, Elvis and Bon Iver
In chords: WIUO’s I Love You Raylene

July 2014

Intricate strums.

In tabs: Led Zep’s Rain Song and Lana Del Ray’s Shades of Cool.
In chords: Mungo Jerry’s appallingly lyriced In the Summertime and the Nun Song from Orange is the New Black

August 2014

Tabs and chords in a minor key.

In tabs: Pharrell’s Happy
In chords: Blind Melon’s No Rain and, to celebrate their IFC series, Garfunkel and Oates’s Fade Away.

September 2014

Kimo Hussey’s masterclasses.

In tabs: Swamp Whistler from Rayman Legends and the classical Canzone Danza.
In chords: The ukulele classic I’ll See You in My Dreams and The Smiths’ Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

October 2014

No hassle chord changes.
UOGB and TUKUO battle it out in court.

In tabs: Medley of Arctic Monkeys riffs and punk pop riffs including Green Day, Blink 182 and Paramore.
In chords: Cole Porter’s You’d be so Nice to Come Home to

November 2014

– I released the second edition of Blues Ukulele.
– I released the third and final part of the Christmas tabs series.

In tabs: Claudia’s Theme from The Unforgiven
In chords: WIOU’s version of Lorde’s Team

December 2014

2014 ukulele quiz.

In tabs: Frasier theme and Serial theme
In chords: Monty Python’s Sit on My Face and Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know

January 2015

Holidays!

February 2015

2015 ukulele festivals

In tabs: Uptown Funk and Hanging Tree from The Hunger Games
In chords: It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie

March 2015

Songs with chords you know.
International Women’s Day UkeToob Special

In tabs: Strokes medley and Better Call Saul theme
In chords: James Bay’s Hold Back the River and Meghan Trainor’s Baby Doll

April 2015

Top five old school chord intros.
– Jonathan Lewis launched his excellent ebook of campanella arrangements of Irish tunes and wrote his introduction to campanella for Uke Hunt.

In tabs: Massive Attack’s Teardrop and Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel
In chords: Jonathan Coulton’s First of May and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme

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