How To Play Creep by Radiohead on Ukulele

by Rodrigo Sanchez, May 17, 2021 . 3 min read

How To Play Creep by Radiohead on Ukulele

Today we’re going to learn how to play Creep by Radiohead on Ukulele. This song established Radiohead as superstars of the ‘90s.

However, it was not a cakewalk for this British band. Interestingly, Creep did not have chart success when it was initially released in 1992. It was reissued in 1993 and only then became a worldwide hit, frequently bunched together with other Grunge hits. Creep became such a massive hit, that Tom Yorke eventually grew tired of playing it. However, it is still one of the most searched songs in how-to-play sites and videos. Without further ado, here is how to play Creep by Radiohead on ukulele. 


Creep features only four chords the whole way through. Talk about easy! Those chords are G, B, C and Cm. To play G, place your index finger on the third string second fret, middle finger on the first string second fret and your ring finger on the second string this fret. To play B, bar the second fret with your index finger. Hold that bar and then place your middle finger on the third string third fret, followed by the ring finger on the fourth fret fourth string. 

To play C, simply slide the entire B chord one fret up. I told you this was easy! Finally, for the C minor just lift your middle finger. Naturally, the bar chords add some difficulty to this song, but the fact that it only features four chords compensates nicely. If you still have issues with bar chords, don’t despair. If you practice, it’s just a matter of time before you can have them under control.

Strumming pattern

We’re going to use a relatively simple strumming pattern of D, D, D, D-U, U-D, D-U-D-U.  Start off slowly and gradually speed up. If you are a perfectionist, feel free to use a metronome to track your progress. Check our tuner which features a metronome as well. 

If you are just starting out and this strumming pattern is too advanced for you, I’ve got a solution. Just use downstrokes for simplicity. In other words, stroke each chord eight times with a relaxed downward motion. 

Too easy?

In reality, if you have just a bit of experience with the uke, then the most challenging part of learning to play Creep is mastering the lyrics. But the lyrics can be learned by just listening to the song repeatedly and in a relaxed manner. On the other hand, chances are you want to learn Creep because you have been singing along to this song for a while. Whatever the case may be, Creep is a fantastic song because it features a very easy form with the challenge of bar chords. The ideal combination of fun and challenge. 

Learning how to play Creep by Radiohead on ukulele will help your playing. Additionally, this song is a great addition to anybody’s repertoire, as it has become one of the greatest rock anthems of all time.  To top it off, Creep is an easy song that can be a lot of fun to play. 

However, If this song is too easy for you, why not try to write your own songs on uke? This could be tons of fun as well! You could also learn a few more uke songs. Take advantage of our ukulele app to keep getting better at the instrument, and have some fun. 

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