Beethoven – Ode to Joy (Tab)

Ode to Joy (Tab)

I’ve already tabbed Ode to Joy twice: a dead easy strumming version and the UOGB’s group version. This third and final tab is a fuller solo version.

For this piece Beethoven nicked Nirvana’s loud-quiet-loud-quiet… trick. So I use strumming for the loud bits and picking for the quiet bits.

In the open section I strum down for the first note in the bar then flick up with my index finger for the rest. I’ve tabbed all four notes for those flicks but it’s not a big deal whether you hit the top two, three or all four strings. Bars 4 and 8 are slightly different with two down strums and a single picked note.

I switch to picking for the softer section in bars 9-12 before returning to bombastic strumming. Repeat that section and you’re done.

If you want more tabs like this you might like my Classical Ukulele ebook with ukulele-style arrangements of classical tunes.

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