Del Shannon – Runaway (Tabs)

Del Shannon – Runaway (Tab)

Del Shannon’s classic Runaway has been covered a heap of times. Most surprisingly by Kasabian. And mostly recently by me a few hours ago.

Intro and Verse: It starts off straightforwardly in G minor.

Chorus: A switch to G major and a busier melody make for an upbeat chorus. The octaves in 20 and 24 are tricky to play. If you’re struggling, you can play either the top or bottom line alone.

Solo: My version of the solo is only loosely based on the original. There’s plenty of room for making it your own. Bars 37-38 are a pain in the arse to play. But also the best bars in the whole song.


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Christmas Tabs and Chords 2022

If you’re looking to entertain over the festive season, it’s time to start polishing up your holiday tunes and learning a few new ones. Here’s a rundown of everything Christmassy and seasonal 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 currently pick up all three for $14 by buying the whole Christmas Trilogy at once.


12 Days of Christmas
2000 Miles – The Pretenders
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
I Wish it Was Christmas Today – SNL/Julian Casablancas
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
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane/Lily Allen
Space Christmas – Allo Darlin
Suddenly it’s Christmas – Loudon Wainwright III
The Christmas Song – Weezer
The Christmas Song Song – Rocky and Balls
White Christmas
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
Winter Wonderland
Year End Letter – Garfunkel and Oates
You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch


All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
Away in a Manger
Carol of the Bells
Christmas for Cowboys – John Denver
Christmastime Is Here (from Charlie Brown)
German Christmas Carols
Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Instrumental)
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Little Drummer Boy
Mele Kalikimaka
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence – David Bowie
O Christmas Tree (Single Note Version)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa Baby
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
Winter Wonderland

Harry Styles – As It Was (Tabs)

Harry Styles – As It Was (Tab)

I hadn’t heard Harry Styles’s As It Was before it cropped up as a Patreon request and my hopes weren’t high. Turns out it’s a pretty great song. Very catchy with a melancholy edge.

Intro: A bit of Take On Me action with this riff. Once the chords kick in at bar 2, prioritise keeping the energy up over hitting exactly the right strings. As long as you’re holding the chord, it’ll sound great.

Verse: Mostly one finger per string picking here but I’m alternating index and middle finger to pick the C notes in bars 7 and 11.

I snuck in a little lick at the end of bar 8 to fill up the bar. You’re welcome to use your own ideas here.

Chorus: Just strumming for the chorus. The trickiest part is hitting the F chord just before the end of bars 15 and 19. Don’t worry if you hit some of the open strings when you play the A-string, 7th fret the note before.

You could always extend that note at the 7th fret and hit the F chord at the start of bar 16/20. I doubt anyone will notice.

Bridge: A whole mess of notes here. Definitely need some alternate picking to get through it.


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Black Friday Sale: Tab eBooks Up To 70 Percent Off

I’m running a Black Friday sale this week. I’ve taken a big slice out of all the tab ebooks (up to 70% off). The offers last until the 4th December except the Christmas ebooks which lasts at least until Christmas.

If you want to buy more than one ebook at a time you can do that on this page.

Classical Ukulele

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Blue Danube – Strauss
Bridal Chorus – Wagner
Elephant – Saint-Saëns
Gran Vals – Tarrega
Orpheus in the Underworld – Offenbach
Pizzicato – Delibes
Toreador Song – Bizet

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Songs of the States

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Aura Lee (AKA Love Me Tender)
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Hail to the Chief
The Liberty Bell (AKA Monty Python Theme)
Yankee Doodle

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National Anthems

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Tabs: National anthems of:

New Zealand
The UK

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Christmas Trilogy

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This offer doesn’t end up on Monday so you can take your time with it.


Xmas 1: Auld Lang Syne/Deck the Halls/God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen/Good King Wenceslas (two versions one rocky and one traditional)/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Here We Come A-Wassailing/In the Bleak Midwinter/Silent Night/Sussex Carol/The Holly and the Ivy/Twelve Days of Christmas

Xmas 2:

Go Tell It On the Mountain/I Saw Three Ships/Il est ne, le divin Enfant/In Dulci Jubilo/Joy to the World/O Come All Ye Faithful/Once in Royal David’s City/The First Noel/We Three Kings/While Shepherds Watch their Flocks/We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Xmas 3:

Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over?/Ding Dong Merrily on High?/Down in Yon Forest/Hanukkah O Hanukkah/I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day/It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/O Holy Night/O Little Town of Bethlehem/Pat-A-Pan/What Child Is This?

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R.E.M. – Endgame (Tabs)

R.E.M. – Endgame (Tab)

An instrumental track from R.E.M.’s classic Out of Time.

Intro: Starting off with thumb and two finger picking.

I love the way this riff works with open strings on the uke. So much so, I considered inserting into the song itself. In the end, I saved it for the outro.

Verse: By far the hardest part of the song comes with the big jumps down the fretboard in bars 13-16. Well worth practicing these bars by themselves until you’ve got them down.

Chorus: Switching to one finger per string picking and moving into strums at the end of the chorus.

Bridge: This section is just chord strumming.


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The Jesus and Mary Chain – Sometimes Always (Tabs)

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Sometimes Always (Tab)

Tabbing a Mazzy Star song inspired to me to bash together this Hope Sandoval featuring Jesus and Mary Chain song. And “bash” is an accurate description. It’s a route 1 arrangement with just strumming and melody.


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Mazzy Star – Fade Into You (Tabs)

Mazzy Star – Fade Into You (Tab)

By far the most challenging aspect of Mazzy Star’s Fade Into You is the timing of the melody. Thanks to Gen X disaffection, the melody keeps coming in later than you’d expect.

In the verses, you’d expect the melody in bars 7, 11 and 19 to hit right at the start of the bar (as it does in bar 15). Instead, it comes in a quaver late (or eighth note if you prefer).

In the chorus, it’s similar in bars 23, 27 and 31. But I found these even trickier to get the hang of.

No such problems in the solo, though. Here you can mess around however you please using the chords as a basis for your twiddling.


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Saturday UkeTube: Sammy Rae, Ryo Natoyama

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Sammy Rae – The River Of Dreams
Mathias CéVé – Limehouse Blues
Ryo Natoyama – Stranger
Gracie Terzian – ‘S Wonderful
4stringboy – I Write Sins Not Tragedies
KimaMusic ft. Ju Chuva – Misguided Ghosts
Manitoba Hal – Be Careful What You Ask For
UkuLise – Halloween Theme
UkuleleSolos – No Surprises

Uke Hunt T-Shirts


It’s Uke Hunt t-shirt season again! Most years around this time I do a run of t-shirts. This year you can buy them from either the US or the UK:

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I’m using Teespring again. If you want one of the shirts they’ll only be available until 30th November.

I’ve been using Teespring for many years now and it’s always worked well. My shirt came here (the UK) quickly and without any hassle. It’s nice quality and is still looking good after many years of wearing it.

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The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 (Tabs)

The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 (Tab)

1979 is the Smumpkins’s biggest hit but was almost cut from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Which is confusing as that album could do with a dozen songs cutting but not this one.

This arrangement is mercifully easy after the nightmare of Send Me on My Way. This one is all strumming and nothing too difficult with the fretting hand. So you can really concentrate on mixing up the dynamics and enjoying the chill Gmaj7 chords.


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