Ultimate Guitar Introduces Ukulele Chords

We're proud to finally introduce a new section on Ultimate Guitar: ukulele chords!

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We're proud to finally introduce a new section on Ultimate Guitar: ukulele tabs!

It's been one of the most requested updates from UG readers for years, and eagle-eyed UG readers will have spotted it arrive earlier this week.

The ukulele might look like just a small cousin to the acoustic guitar, but that doesn't make it less of an instrument. Ever since it emerged from Hawaii in the 19th century, it's been growing in popularity worldwide and has become one of the most accessible stringed instruments in the world because it's easy to learn and affordable for schools. And besides, they sound great - especially when you have tabs for great songs to play on them!

Regular 'Chord' tabs will now feature an ukulele counterpart. Tabbers who want to create Uke-dedicated tabs simply have to choose the new 'Ukulele' category when submitting the tab - you'll find it under the 'Type' drop down box on our regular 'Submit' page.

Here's some of our favorite songs to play on ukulele. Try out our new Uke tabs and let us know your feedback and first impressions in the comments.

Israel Kamakawiwoole - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Jason Mraz - "I'm Yours"

Train - "Hey, Soul Sister"

Lumineers - "Ho Hey"

Beatles - "Let It Be"

Maroon 5 - "Payphone"

Passenger - "Let Her Go"

The Eagles - "Hotel California"

Death Cab For Cutie - "I Will Follow You Into The Dark"

Adele - "Someone Like You"

84 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Pine
    looks like hipsters will be able to enjoy UG even more
    fatgleeson
    No they play an obscure hybrid instrument called a ukubouzoukitar - a combination of a ukulele, bouzouki and sitar. You've probably never heard of it
    EvilDomo
    It's unfortunate that veteran ukulele players are bunched with those people now.. :x
    --ESTRANGED--
    what are you even? i've never seen a hipster with a uke
    Darth Crow
    I know that ukulele is a perfectly valid instrument, but this still seems like a joke to me
    Cindykt
    Now I can jam to my favourite Slayer albums on ukelele. Hell yeah, thanks UG
    Kaseke
    I love ukulele, but why do you need different tabs for ukulele and guitar? It's basically the same chords played with a different style
    Jozef23
    Eddie Vedder released a whole album of Ukulele songs. It now passes as a valid instrument
    SleepFan
    I got that album, it forever changed my view on the instrument. He is one talented man. Finally, I can pretend to be as cool as Eddie of House Vedder.
    iommi600
    Anyone care to explain what the fkin **** ukuleles have to do with hipsters?
    eljono123
    Thats what I was wondering. I don't know any hipsters though so it was news to me. I picked up my like for the uke from vedder and enjoy playing different songs on the uke. I think it sounds cool in a band as well.
    EqualOfHeaven
    Hipsters used to get Ukuleles and do 'ironic covers' of rap and metal songs. Of course if was totally 'random' and hilarious until it became popular and then like all things it went from being obscure and kinda stupid to popular and full retard.
    Stud_Muffin
    Every good ukulele player I know uses regular chord sheets. I guess its a good idea for beginners though, who haven't quite got used to the finger positions, but some of the UG chord shapes for both guitar and uke are a bit weird to me.
    P_Trik
    I am all for having Ukelele tabs on here and yes, lots of guitar TABs could be used as they are or adapted easily, but most of not all of the ones listed have guitar chords diagrammed and even guitar TAB included. People that already play Uke will be fine, but the learning musicians and especially younger ones that don't have much of a music background are going to be somewhat confused and/or disappointed. Hopefully you'll allow the contributors of these TABs adapt and re-submit them as Ukelele TABs, especially ones with complex chords that don't translate well to Uke or ones with melodies transcribed for guitar that are incorrect on the Uke. Good luck Ukelelers!!
    maguri
    It has been said before here: It does not make any sense to automatically copy existing guitar tabs and re-label them "ukulele". When I submit a tab, I take care to include tips/voicings that are useful for players of for 6-stringed instruments (like ... yes, the guitar for example). Now this very same tab is headed under "ukulele". Uke-players do not need that. They - just like guitarists - need tabs that are written with their specific instrument in mind, so they can actually profit from it. What if ukulele players looking for a good uke-tab come across my perfectly good re-labeled guitar tab (that is now supposedly a ukulele tab) which isn't any good as a ukulele tab? Do I have to take the bad ratings for something that I never intended as a ukulele tab?
    deteste_moder
    WTF? I just had one of my contributions rated poorly and dissed because of it not being real ukulele tab. I KNOW, I DIDN'T PUT IT THERE AS UKULELE! I don't want to get crap from users just because you randomly decided to clone all of my contributions and tag them as ukulele. This is pure crap.
    maguri
    The automatic inclusion of guitar tabs into the ukulele has been revoked today. Yee Haw!
    deteste_moder
    well, not exactly. The "ukulele clones" are still there, they are just not linked to the original user anymore, which is even worse, because all of my contributions are signed with my name anyway, so now I may be dissed and not even know about it, or get dissed by email. HEY UG, get this - I didn't give you right to ALTER my contributions, so delete this immediately or at least delete my name and email from them!
    maguri
    Wow, that's horrible! My optimism got the better of me. I actually thought the exorcism was complete ... Removing the ukulele clones (Very nice expression! But "ukulele zombies" might be even more fitting, now that the original submitters cannot even edit themm anymore ...) from the members' list of countributions can only be the first step, of course. They have to go completely!
    Peter_Smyth
    Why is there a separate section for uke chords, why not normal chords, but with a button to bring up uke chord diagrams, instead of 6-string diagrams?
    harry1994
    None of these tabs are ukulele chords, they're all just the guitar chords (isn't it obvious when there are 6 strings on the chord shapes??)
    mw78
    I agree with many of the comments above. As a guitar player for more years than I can remember, this site has been extremely useful when I have been too lazy to sit down and work out a song myself. Recently, the school I work at said they could not afford to let me get 15 guitars so ukulele's it was. This does not make me a hipster, just someone who wants to get more children interested in playing music. Ukulele tabs should be classified differently to guitar tabs because...they are different. If you click on a tab that is clearly meant for a guitar, do not post negative feedback. Use the common sense you were born with or find another site.
    P_Trik
    Edit: I have never seen a capo used on a Ukelele like half these TABs call for.
    PaulBePunkt
    How can anyone dislike that? o
    maguri
    Nobody dislikes the feature. To be able to submit tabs for ukulele is great! But tabs under this category should be designed specifically for ukulele - not existing guitar tabs under a new heading. The way this new feature is implemented does not make sense. You would see what I mean if you had actually contributed one single tab to this site. If you had, your guitar tab would now suddenly appear on this site (without any changes) under the heading "ukulele chords". This makes the site look like it has got a lot of ukulele tabs - when actually it does not (yet). This is just window dressing.
    Crackheadrich
    Not that I would recommend using it because UG is better(please don't delete this!), but there is a ukulele tab site called Ukehunt which is a brilliant name. Though I do hate the instrument unless its being played by a hot hula girl
    pmalavi
    I've noticed some implementation errors where some of the Ukulele Chord versions are duplicates of 6-string guitar tabs and not guitar chord tabs (i.e. the uke version show notes for the bottom two strings of a guitar that don't exist on a ukulele). For example, Legs Away Ukulele Chords by Mother Mother is definitely not useful for uke players.
    P_Trik
    Just a note for Chord sheet contributors: UG added every Version One chord sheet as a Ukelele TAB. I went through my version ones and added the following comment: I submitted this as a chord sheet for guitar and have no way to edit it adapting it for the Ukelele. Thank you to the UG team for adding a Ukelele section, but for the sake of the Ukelele players I respectfully ask that you list this as a separate entry on my profile TABs list so I, or someone else even, could adapt it for Ukelele. Thank you and good luck Uke players
    aggiebrand04
    The ukulele is the instrument of peace. Per Jake Shimabukuro, "what the world needs now, is ukulele."
    MusicMinistry
    Awesome video and can you tell me how i get my guitar tabs on this site because i have a lot of song's i have to post. So it would be great if you could help me out with that thank you
    christian068
    On the right side of the page next to the UG search bar there are three links. One to submit Tabs/Chords, the other to submit reviews, and the third to submit articles. Seeing as you want to upload tabs simply click on the "Submit tab" option and follow the instructions provided.
    Sam Rulez D00d
    Chords for a song don't change based on whether you're playing a guitar or ukulele. They're the same for both. This seems really pointless. I've learned plenty of songs on the ukulele by looking at the guitar chords.
    joemckim
    It'd be so much better if it was still just a single chords tab with a drop down section where you can change the pop up chord shape in between guitar/uke/mandolin/whatever.
    sloppyjoe24
    It's easy to get the hang of ukulele tunings once you realize it's the same as a guitar capo'd on the 5th fret.
    ruker
    "It's been one of the most requested updates from UG readers for years." Of course, and it's so easy to implement, it's no surprise UG wouldn't fix the stuff that actually needs fixing. Let's just add more mess, yay!
    Toadvine
    I would rather have banjo, and mandolin tabs. I'm going to be submitting them, you will post them. You will post them!
    FlyingPirahna
    This isn't really a bad idea at all, but I feel like they're a little late on it. The ukulele fad was at it's biggest a few years ago.