While My Guitar (ukulele) Gently Weeps

by alphamonkey on June 27, 2005 · 46 comments

in Music Videos,Uncategorized

Meet Jake Shimabukuro.  This guy is just astoundingly awesome on the ukulele.  Dig on his incredible version of ”While My Guitar Gently Weeps“. 

I would totally sell my hands to the robot devil for that kind of skill. 

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  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.


  • http://xanga.com/special_Edday special_edday

    Dis guy is fast as hell, you guy’s don’t even know, I got a tape from my high school may-day performance.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/shadwstalkr Shadow Stalker

    Yeah he’s good, but I would have expected a ukeleleist to be exempt from the requirement that guitar players introduce every song they play.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Oh c’mon..it’s for a cable access show.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/shadwstalkr Shadow Stalker


  • jimbert

    i can play the harmonica!!!!

  • http://nbg puppyface

    I like puppies!

  • **bassist**

    hey i was just wondering if that is the accual song by the beatles performed in a different way? if it is were did u get the tabs (chords) cause its suck a good song!!

  • Chaud

    Yeah that’s a George Harrison tune. While my guitar gently weeps is rad, specially when he did it with Erick Claptin! That should be an easy tab to find. I’m sure you could find it on google with relative ease. Yea, that Raul dude is pretty groovey, he’s like a livelier version of Jack Johnson, but way more energy. I’ve been diggin Kings of Leon lately, Molly’s Chambers and King of Rodeo are cew songs. And Hayseed Dixie! Their hilariously awesome! They cover tons of awesome rock songs with banjos and blue grass instruments!

  • http://jeanlucmalandain.free.fr animaldan

    “sucks a good song”…?! what kinf of an idiot are U ..? This is pure beauty, made me cry with delight… Go get a life.

  • Boss Robot

    He meant *such*, simply a typo

  • http://jeanlucmalandain.free.fr animaldan

    Sorry then… quite confused ..! pls put the blame on my poor English…

  • jazzdrummer420

    This guy is amazing, what a player. If you like him you should check out Raul Midon. http://www.midon.com He’s just an amazing singer and guitar player. Check out the Kennedy Center perfomance. Also check out State of Mind his new cd, thanks for the clip of this guy though.

  • Busymm

    I’m just suprised his ukulele didn’t burst into flames near the end. Great find!

  • kengjr

    omg this guy is my idol. i have a uke but no way can i play that or even figure out how he does it. i have no idea wut tuning he is even in. if i cud get ahold of this guy id pay him 2 write tabs to this song lol.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6cTbaBApM4 washtub bass

    i strung a cardboard box and scrap oak flooring with weed whacker twine and made a bass.

    dig the vid

  • musicforafan

    big surprise OUTSTANDING!!!!!

  • Johnny Blaze

    I looked up the guitar tabs for this song after I saw the video. The song is fairly easy to play and mixed with some good fingerpicking rolls, will make it sound incredible….not as good as this guy tho!!!

  • Kam

    AMAZING love it!!

  • Blitz69

    Where can you find the tabs for “While My guitar Gently Weeps” fer Uke?????

  • http://www.myspace.com/dragonlews elkciN

    I’m feeling nice today

    Of course, I can’t speak to the accuracy of any of those tabs, being as I can’t play the ukulele with my mammoth claws.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dragonlews elkciN

    whoops, nevermind.

    It seems it’s hard to find. Ole’ Jake hed it (and all of his other songs) removed from most sites.

    I tried to be nice for once, damnit! I won’t make that mistake again.

  • Blitz69

    Ohhh well thanks for trying if anyone else can find the tabs for the Uke i would much apreciate it!!!!!!!

  • gdrh

    I found it on piratebay.org but no one is seeding it, I guess it’s the last place that it remains

  • Blitz69

    True True bu ti woudl like to know how the tabs go for uke caus ei dotn hink there the same for acoustic i think the closest this to uke is bass bcause of the 4 strings but you have a good point he is a pro and probably personalized it

  • werjklng

    I think it’s more to do with being super good at playing the ukulele and it should just fall together. I mean tabs would be nice if your learning the tune, but this guy has obviously played it enough times to personalize it, and he’s become so proud that he won’t share them with you…

  • remjomn (Random letter name guy)

    I got em, I finally got them!! I don’t even play Uke but here you go guys. Wow was that ever hard!



    Now I can stop making fun of people who think they can play this song like jake if they have the tabs.

  • Michael A Catalano

    grin WOW!!!!!

  • james

    wat are the notes/tabs to that?

  • http://www.myspace.com/dragonlews elkciN







    Just play that, over and over.

  • Chaud

    Quit asking for the tabs, I posted them, and quit trying to simplify Jake’s work (which is to say Harrison’s work). You seriously think he’s just playing that tiny little tab over an over during that masterpiece?

  • http://www.myspace.com/dragonlews elkciN

    Yes. That’s exactly what I think.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Your humor is lost on this crowd, I see.

  • james

    were did u post them??

  • james

    no chaud said he posted the real tabs

  • james

    w/e man i appreciate the work he’s played, obviously its not the 5 chords, u can even see his hands go above fret # 7, i guess ill watch his srumming, and learn from that!!

  • james

    wait, u posted them, where??

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Read up thread a little.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/intoxicate10/ Chaud

    Is everyone done scrolling to the bottom and asking for the tabs like an illiterate numptynuts? If only I knew how to make a flashing blinky link to catch the eyes of our ever decreasingly short attention spanned friends here.


  • tango

    Not as fast as me on the malodahorn!!!

  • Mike

    Wow that was an amazing take on it, and by the way people, eric claptons version should not even be attempted on the guitar, very few can recreate what eric did to establish himself as such an amazing guitarist.

  • Jer

    Amazing but if you do want to learn it it would take years of practice. It doesnt look easy. This guy is awesome by the way!

  • iforgot

    OMG dude. whoever found those tabs THANK YOU SO MUCH. i’ve been looking FOREVER and have had no luck what so ever. all the sites took it off due to his request. thanks again dude.

  • Kim Lavery

    someone sent this to me when i was living & working in new zealand over a year ago…it’s july ’08 now.
    i had goose pimples listening to the excellence!!
    i’ve sent it to mates around the world!
    i live in l.a.- in the film industry- and would love to know what you’re up to these days.
    hope you get this jake!
    kim lavery

  • http://Ukuleledisco.com Fred Maldonado

    This video was shot for the NYC cable TV show – Midnight Ukulele Disco.
    Check it out at ukuleledisco.com

  • http://ukuleleguy.com Ukulele guy

    Jake is the best! I do think, however, that he must have sold his soul to get those skills. It’s just not FAIR otherwise!

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