Christmas tablature melodies for uke
The ukulele melodies on this page are popular Christmas carols and songs arranged for easy ukulele containing the melody notated with sheet music and corresponding tab notation below the staff.
Free ukulele tablature sheet music (PDF)
- Angels We Have Heard On High (video)
- Away In A Manger (video)
- Christ Was Born On Christmas Day (video)
- Deck The Halls (video)
- Ding, Dong, Merrily On High (video)
- Go, Tell It On The Mountain (video)
- God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (video)
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (video)
- Jingle Bells (video)
- Joy To The World (video)
- O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
- O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum) (video)
- O Holy Night (video)
- Once In Royal David's City (video)
- Silent Night (video)
- The First Noel (video)
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas (video)
Ukulele Heroes - Five People Most Associated With the Ukulele
By Al Wood
Few instruments go in and out of fashion quite as regularly as the
ukulele. During the last 100 years, the ukulele has at times been more
popular than the guitar and at other times completely obscure. Whenever
the instrument seems dead and buried, someone comes along to revive
interest in the instrument. These five people are responsible for more
people picking up the ukulele than anyone else.
Cliff Edwards was a huge Hollywood star. His career spanned from the 1920's to the 1960's. He is best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket and for his Oscar winning performance of When You Wish Upon A Star. He is also known as 'Ukulele Ike' and was almost single-handedly responsible for creating the image of the ukulele crooner and also the trend for scat singing along with the ukulele.
He launched the first generation of ukulele players in the mainland US and published three books of ukulele songs.
In the UK, the ukulele is almost synonymous with George Formby. Like Cliff Edwards, Formby was both a musician and film star. However, his image couldn't have been more different. He didn't have Edwards' looks and dark charisma, but he did have a huge amount of light-hearted charm. And it was this much needed light-heartedness that launched him to fame during the Second World War.
His fame was so great that he is still revered in the UK. The George Formby Society has being going for over 40 years and counted George Harrison amongst its membership.
By the late 1940's, the first boom of the ukulele was well and truly over. Very few ukuleles were being sold. This all changed when Arthur Godfrey began playing one on his radio and TV shows. He even briefly had a TV show giving ukulele lessons: Arthur Godfrey and his Ukulele.
He was a huge promoter of the instrument. After he started advertising them, sales of new plastic ukuleles made by Macaferri went through the roof. Also, he commissioned the building of the first baritone ukulele.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (or IZ to give him his more easily spelled nickname) was a huge Hawaiian sensation. He is most famous for his ukulele based version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow in 1997. The clip was used in the film 50 First Dates, has become a YouTube sensation with over 10 million views and inspired Jason Castro's version on American Idol.
Unlike the other people on this list, Jake Shimabukuro uses the ukulele as a solo instrument. He is the first person to take the idea of the ukulele as a lead instrument into the mainstream. Learning to play his solo arrangement of The Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps is now a rite of passage for all aspiring ukulele players.
Al Wood writes about the ukulele and ukulele chords and has a guide to ukuleles for sale.