Category Archives: Ukulele duets, arrangements, and solos

Bridge Over Troubled Ukes

I’ve created an arrangement of the classic Simon and Garfunkel tune, Bridge Over Troubled Water for low “g” ukulele. It is a chord/melody solo. I’ve included the lyric to the first verse merely as a guide for learning the arrangement.


Bridge Over Troubled Ukes


“You Always Hurt the One You Love” for solo uke (low g).

Here is a simple arrangement for solo low g ukulele of the old standard, “You Always Hurt the One You Love,” that was requested by one of my students. Though I’m mostly familiar with the Spike Jones version with crazy bells and whistles, this version is based more on the version by the Mills Brothers, et al who start in 3/4 and play it nice and slow. 

Have fun!

You Always Hurt the One You Love-uke



O, What a Beautiful Morning (from “Oklahoma”) – High G Ukulele Solo

Here is the TAB: O What a Beautiful Mornin’ high g

Here is a recording of me playing it.

Since it’s exactly the same 3 times, I tried to vary the dynamics (loud/soft) each verse and I slightly varied the rhythm on the 3rd verse to keep it from sounding “cut and pasted.”

Here is a recording of me playing it.

As with every chord solo, the trick is to keep the chord shape down while playing the melody notes.

This solo utilizes the uniqueness of the high g string.

“h” simply means “hammer on.”

“Molto rit.” means: SLOW WAY DOWN

“a tempo” means: Back to original tempo

It’s hard to be sad when playing this song. I’ve included the lyric to help you know where you are and in case you want to sing along with the uke.

Let me know what you think!

Yeeeee Haw!


Welcome to KaraUke®!! “Wind Beneath My Wings”

KaraUke ® is the band or orchestra without the solo ukulele so YOU get to provide the solo instrument.

I arranged the popular standard, “Wind Beneath My Wings” for solo ukulele (low g) and recorded it. Upon listening to the recording, I thought it would be nice to add a bass, so I did. It really needed pretty picking guitars so I added those. Then I thought, “If there’s a bass, there should be some drums,” so I added drums. I’ve always loved strings so I added those too. The trombones and french horns were just aching to play too so I added them. So now it’s uke and orchestra.

Here is the TAB:

Wind Beneath My Wings2 low g

Here is the arrangement played with the orchestral accompaniment:

and here is the KaraUke version:

Let me know if you’d like to try more KaraUke. Enjoy!


“Side by Side” for BEGINNERS!

Here is a version of “Side by Side” I created for beginners. The first section repeats three times within the song and the middle section is based on familiar chord shapes so it’s not as complex as it looks.

I look forward to your feedback.



TAB: Side by Side-Beginner ver


“Side by Side” Solo Uke (high g)

First a brief entry from Wikipaedia:

Side by Side” is a popular song with lyrics by Gus Kahn and music by Harry M. Woods written in 1927, now considered a standard.

It has been recorded by many artists, but is probably best known in a 1953 recording by Kay Starr.[1] Harry Woods, who practised songwriting only as a sideline, wrote numerous 1920s standards, including “When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbing Along”, “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover”, and “Try a Little Tenderness”. He composed his songs on piano, despite the fact that he was born without fingers on his left hand.[2]

So, fellow uke-stars… If Harry M. Woods can compose those great songs on the piano with only one fingered hand, you all can learn this arrangement with two!

Just take it a couple of bars at a time. Master those bars before moving on. There is a lot of repetition, as in all of these songs, so once you get the first section, you’ll have half of the arrangement. Here is the TAB:

Side by Side v3   And here is a recording of me playing it.

There is a count off so you can play along.

Have fun!



Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Solo Uke (high g)

Hope you all had a great weekend! To get the week started on track, here is a fun arrangement I did of Chatanooga Choo-Choo:

I originally posted version 5, but this version, v6, reflects what I actually played on the recording which you can hear by clicking the play button below.  CHOO, CHOO!!!