To understand the basics of reading tablature, please read this post by Al Wood:
This covers all the basics, but if you would like more info, read the rest of the series.
While tablature can, and often does stand on it’s own, the most helpful tablature arrangements include traditional staff notation above the tablature part so you can see what notes you are playing as well as where to play them. Why is this helpful? Sometimes the arranger fails to see the absolute best way to fret a passage of music. By seeing what the notes are for yourself, it makes it easier to make changes that suit your style of playing better.
While each level of this section of the site only challenges you to pass off one piece on that level, if you’d like to become truly proficient at playing tablature solos you should learn to play many pieces at each of the levels.
Sources of tablature
Here are some good online resources to find a tablature arrangement you’d like to play . . .
- PDF Minstrel – Traditional and Classical
- Ukulele Hunt – Pop and Movie/TV Themes
- Uke of Carl – TV/Movie/Game Themes and Pop
- Live Ukulele – Rock/Pop, Hawaiian, Jazz, Soundtrack and more (many for low-G tuning)
- Dominator – Rock/Pop, Christmas
- Michael Parmentier – Classical
- John King – Classical (just a few)
- Ken Middleton – Folk, Bluegrass
- Akulele – Folk, Christmas, Classical, Rags
- Moroni’s Uke – LDS Hymns and Primary Songs
- Christmas Carols for Ukulele Orchestra – Look for the ‘Ukulele 1’ sample tabs (the melodic line).
These are some tablature books that are in my library . . .
- Learn To Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele
- Easy Classical Ukulele Solos: Featuring music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi and other composers