Renaissance Tablature for the Uke

This page discusses how to read French Lute Tablature:

Introduction To Reading French Lute Tablature



Well known tunes for players new to reading Lute tablature:

1_Old Madonald Had A Farm

2_London Bridge I Falling Down

3_Jingle Bells

4_Silent Night

5_Row, Row, Row The Boat

Tabs for beginner players of lute tablature:

1_Beautiful Dreamer

2_Ah Vous Dirai Je Maman

3_Brahms Lullaby

4_Ode To Joy

5_Michael Row The Boat Ashore

6_Muss I Denn

7_Danny Boy

8_Scarborough Fair

9_Sloop John B

10_Morning Has Broken

A set of exercises using a well known folk song with each tab getting progressively harder:

Molly Malone 1

Molly Malone 2

Molly Malone 3

Molly Malone 4

Molly Malone 5

Molly Malone 6

Molly Malone 7


Tablature for those experienced in reading ‘French Lute Tablature’

A Coy Toye (Dowland)

A Dream (Dowland)

A Jig (Askue)

Aloe (Dowland)

A Toye

As It Fell On A Holly Eve (Holborne)

Awake Sweet Love (Dowland)

‘Aye Me’ or ‘The Symphony’ (Playford)

Black Nag, The (Playford)

Bonnie Sweet Boy


Broom, The Bonny, Bonny Broom (Playford)


Canarios (Sanz)

Candish’s Galliard (Dowland)

Can She Excuse (Dowland)

Captain Digorie Piper’s Galliard (Dowland)

Chanson Englesa (Dowland)

Chestnut (Playford)

Come Again (Dowland)

Complaint (Dowland)

Coranto (Dowland)

Coventry Carol

Draw Near And Love Me

English Hunt’s Up, The (Whitfield)

Espanoleta (Sanz)

Fortune My Foe (Dowland)

Gigue (Robinson)

Go From My Window (Dowland)


Greenwood (Playford)

Health, The (Playford)

Home Again


Jack A Lent (Playford)

Kemps Jig


Lachrimae (Dowland)

Lady In The Dark (Playford)

Lady Laiton’s Almain (Dowland)

Lantero (Robinson)

La Roque

Lord Strang’s March (Dowland)

Maids In Constrite, The

Milk Maids Bob (Playford)

Mistress White’s Choice (Dowland)

Morris, The

Mrs. Nicol’s Almain (Dowland)

Mrs. White’s Nothing (Dowland)

Mrs. Winters Jump (Dowland)

Mulberry Garden, The (Playford)

My Lady Cullen (Playford)

My Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe |(Dowland)


Old Mole, The (Playford)

Orlando Sleepeth (Dowland)

Packington’s Pound

Parson’s Farewell (Playford)

Pavane (Sanz)


Pepper’s Black (Playford)

Praeludium (Dowland)


Robinson’s May

Rose Is White And Rose Is Red (Playford)

Row Well Ye Mariners (Playford)

Rufty Tufty (Playford)

Rejuro (Sanz)

Shoemaker’s Wife, The (Dowland)

Squirrel’s Toye, The (Dowland)

Sweet Kate (Playford)

Toye (Cutting)

Toye (Dowland)


Where Are Those Eyes So Fair