Shakespeare & Petrarch

The Sonnets of William Shakespeare and Francesco Petrarca … Melodified

The sheet music is readily playable on a baritone ukulele, but if you don’t own one, use the bottom four (highest pitched) strings on a guitar … you know, the guitar under your bed for the last 20 years? If you can read tablature, you’ll be fine playing these on a regular ukulele tuned with a low 4th string, but the standard notation and chord grid names will be wrong. You could also use a tenor banjo tuned Chicago style. Shakespeare on the banjo … yup. The struggle is over.

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William Shakespeare’s Poetry


Click on the sonnet number for a PDF of the sheet music.

001 From fairest creatures we desire increase (A minor)
002 When forty winters shall besiege thy brow (G major)
003 Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest (D minor)
004 Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend (F# minor)
005 Those hours, that with gentle work did frame (E minor)
006 Then let not winter’s ragged hand deface (A major – sorta)
095 How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame (G minor)

Francesco Petrarca‘s Poetry

Francesco Petrarca

Click on the sonnet number for a PDF of the sheet music.