Bittersweet Symphony

Bittersweet Symphony

I would without a doubt put this song in the list of most iconic UK songs ever written. Lyrically it’s bleak, but the instrumentation is so uplifting. Let’s learn to play some of it on the ukulele.

What Are We Learning To Play?

The tabs for this song are taken from this video I created for my Tik Tok account. It’s by no means any kind of meaningful arrangement, however, lots of people requested the tabs for it. So here we are!

Ukulele Tabs

The main recognisable part of this song is the string melody that runs in the intro. Feel free to have a go playing the other parts but they are just there to build up the loops. So they may sound somewhat empty on their own. 

It’s a super straightforward riff and it’s just a case of following the notes. Something that might help is if you place your fingers before you start. Use your first finger on the 2nd fret of the A string and your middle finger on the 4th fret of the E string.

A |------------------|--4---2---4------|--7---2---0---0---|
E |--4---5---5-------|-----------------|--4---2---0---0---|
C |------------------|--4---2---4------|--4---2---2---1---|
G |--1---2---2-------|-----------------|--4---2---2---2---|

A |----2------------5---5-----4---4-----|
E |--4---4-5-2-5------5---------5-------|
C |-------------------------------------|
G |-------------------------------------|

Badge Unlocked

Welcome To The Jungle

Complete your first lesson

Badge Unlocked

Start Me Up

Complete The Basics

The Basics

In this section, we will cover everything you need to know about starting to play the ukulele.