Shakespeare’s Sonnets arranged for Baritone Ukulele*

*If you don’t own a baritone ukulele, but you can read tablature (and can ignore the standard notation’s pitches), you’ll be fine playing these on a regular ukulele (mostly). A ukulele tuned to low G will produce great results at a higher pitch. You can also use the bottom four (highest pitched) strings on a guitar. And there’s always a tenor banjo tuned Chicago style. Shakespeare on the banjo … yup. The struggle is over.


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


Sonnet #1

From fairest creatures we desire increase (A minor)

Sonnet #2

When forty winters shall besiege thy brow (G major)

Sonnet #3

Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest (D minor)

Sonnet #4

Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend (F# minor)

Sonnet #5

Those hours, that with gentle work did frame (E minor)

Sonnet #6

Then let not winter’s ragged hand deface (A major – sorta)



MSWord work file of all sonnets. This isn’t helpful for anybody except me.