Nirvana Ukulele

Jesus Don’t Want Me For A Sunbeam by Nirvana – Easy Ukulele Tutorial

I figured it was high time that I got around to doing a Nirvana tutorial on the ukulele and this seemed like as good a starting point as any.

This is probably the easiest song to play that I’ve recorded to date so if you’re a complete newbie then this is a pretty good starting point for you.

The Chords

Jesus Don't Want Me For A Sunbeam Nirvana Chords Ukulele

The original chords are E, D and A and it sounds like it’s tuned down half a step. To make things easier on you I’ve transposed it so that we’ll be using A, G and D to avoid playing the E chord which is quite frankly, a pain in the ass to play on the uke.

The Verses

The verses follow this pattern…

A | G | D | D 

Playing that through 4 times before you get to the chorus…

The Chorus

Slightly different from the verses using this pattern…

A | G | A | G | A | G | D

The Rhythm/Strumming Pattern

Keeping this one nice and simple I like to use the good old down down up up down up strumming pattern. If you’re not already familiar with this pattern then now is a good time to get it nailed down as you’re going to be seeing a lot of it in the future.

DDUUDU Strum Pattern


That rhythm will comfortably get you through the song. Feel free to mix it up a bit though to keep the song dynamic sounding interesting.

Jesus Don’t Want Me For A Sunbeam by Nirvana PDF Songsheet

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4 thoughts on “Jesus Don’t Want Me For A Sunbeam by Nirvana – Easy Ukulele Tutorial

      1. Hi David, its Dylan Hewitt just gonna say how in the world do you play like that on Ukulele?? Have a good one!

        1. Hi Dylan – just a lot of practice and I’m not even that good but thanks for the nice comment!

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