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Thinking Out Loud TAB (.pdf)

Hey UUers!

Much MAHALO to everyone who played along with our April Fool's Kickstarter yesterday! Like always, we've got a brand new episode of Uke Lessons for you this month - this time, it's a complete tutorial for Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" on your ukulele. So grab that uke of yours and learn the chords, strumming pattern, and picking for this song and be sure to play along with the Play-Along. Have fun and if you have any questions or need anything at all, just comment or send us a message - we've got you covered! Rock on.

-UU Staff

Techniques Used in Lesson:
How to Hold Barre Chords
How to Chunk
Hammer Ons
Pull Offs and Hammer Pulls
Hammer On Chords
Singing and Playing


  1. This is an absolutely amazing demo and training video. I gotta say…it was refreshing to see some of the bloopers at the end…its nice to see you guys have so much fun doing this. It truly shows how much you really love teaching and spreading the Ukulele love.
    Thank you!!

    1. Hey Jay,

      Aldrine only goes over the 12th fret briefly around 3 minutes and 40 seconds into the play along. For that specific picking you can hammer on 5 to 7 on the E String. It’s the same notes, just an octave lower. Hope this helps!

      -Kira (UU Staff)

    1. Hey Alexandracarlsson,

      Aldrine covers the strumming pattern at 2:20 in the lesson video. You can also see the strumming pattern on the second page of the tab PDF, which is linked right below the play-along video.

      -Kira (UU Staff)

  2. What a great site this is. Splendid tuition from a superb musician. I would like a longer section on the strum pattern, since this is the bit I find hardest of all. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift.

    1. Hi Riele, chords are the same for guitar so you just need to find the corresponding guitar chords. You can just google it and you should be able to find it.

  3. I notice you have been asked twice, where we can get a print out of the music! Do not have a download button on this song, please advise

  4. Oh wow thanks Aldrine, I ve wanting to learn this song for a friend of mine who is getting married. And really wants to dedicate this song to his wife on there wedding. And want me to play this an sing it . Thank you so much !!!

  5. Hi, the video is missing the strumming technique when he goes into an Em – A – D – Em – A – Bm – Em – A

    Can somebody explain how when the changes of chords are done within the strumming pattern?

  6. Hi! I just want to know if you have a written down for the solo part? It’s kind of hard for me to catch up in the video. By the way, love your site 🙂

  7. My concert ukulele seems to be to small for the solo part… if I were to get a new ukulele for this song, would you recommend soprano?

    1. Hey Daniel!

      Thanks for being a part of the Underground – the picking part of this song only goes up to the 14th fret, so any ukulele with at least 14 frets will work. Most soprano ukuleles have 12 or more frets, and most concerts and tenor ukuleles usually have more than enough frets to play any of the songs on our site. Just be sure to count the amount of frets and you should be good to go!

      For more info, check out the Uke Minutes episode on Ukulele Sizes.

      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

  8. I was wondering if you have this written down so I can practice?
    Thanks! You have an awesome site!

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