Amanda Palmer/Radiohead – Creep


Amanda Palmer – Creep (Chords)

Having been mention three times on this blog in the last week, this song has officially reached the status of ‘zeitgeist’. Amanda Palmer’s version has caused a stir in blogville; Julien Dore won Nouvelle Star yesterday; and, friend of the blog and friend of the stars, Susan Tobacco pointed me in the direction of the above version by Lady Carol.

A couple of things worth pointing out in Palmer’s version. The first is the juicy Cmadd9 chord she plays at the end of the intro. The second is that she seems to be having trouble moving to the B chord. creepd.jpgOne way she might have solved this (other than that tiresome ‘practicing’ business) would be to play the song in D tuning using these chord shapes. You could also use these shapes in C tuning to make hollering Ruuuuuuuuuuuu-huh-huh-hun a little easier.

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  1. Andrew December 24th, 2011 5:26 am

    oh and the DDU part you can also do dud if you prefer, i just strum 2 down strums fast as if it was a du there

  2. Ro'rizzle March 7th, 2012 3:59 pm

    Had a go before I listened to Ms. Palmer’s version, glad to hear we made the same “mistake” and had to drop pitch heavily in the middle of the middle. Great tab, danke schone

  3. Sasha April 16th, 2012 10:01 pm

    thank you so much! the only thing I haven’t understood is about “middle 8” before verse N3 in the pdf, what does it mean?

  4. Woodshed April 16th, 2012 11:24 pm

    Sasha: Don’t worry about it. It’s just a name for part of a song like ‘verse’ or ‘chorus’.

  5. Ukulalalele April 20th, 2012 4:15 pm

    I was just wondering how you would replicate that tjak tjak sound after the word special. I always liked this bit in the original.

  6. Woodshed April 22nd, 2012 11:22 pm

    Ukulalalele: Try muting the strings with your fretting hand (by resting your fingers flat on the strings) and strumming.

  7. Marcus May 19th, 2012 7:37 pm

    I really like this cover, so I decided trying to make my own cover!
    Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq4wasZN-w4

  8. Kiwi June 8th, 2012 2:17 pm

    Thank you! I just followed your lesson about barre chords and now I can play it without the notes sounding like I’m drunk. This site is so useful I love it.

  9. Woodshed June 9th, 2012 3:12 pm

    Kiwi: Thanks very much! I’m really glad it helped.

  10. James July 20th, 2012 12:56 pm

    Hey Woodshed, do you know what the variations of the chords are? Are they the same as for Guitar? Gsus4, Bsus4 and Csus4?

  11. Woodshed July 23rd, 2012 8:18 pm

    James: If you’re doing the Radiohead version? Should work well enough.

  12. stamata September 22nd, 2012 9:16 pm

    when you are playing the middle 8 does the strumming pattern change at all? or do you just do it a bit faster?

  13. Jack Tragedy December 25th, 2012 2:59 pm

    I am having trouble moving from the G Chord to the B Chord. Any helpful hints. I can’t seem to extend my ring finger across the other three strings while pressing down the G string. Is there another chord I can use in place of the B Chord or do I simply need to continue to practice? Thanks.

  14. Woodshed December 26th, 2012 11:12 am

    Jack Tragedy: The main thing is to bring your hand around the neck a bit so that your thumb is on the back of the neck. Also, for B you only need to hold the E and A strings down if that makes it any easier for you.

  15. kathryn February 4th, 2013 9:44 am

    How many repeats of the strumming pattern D Chunk UDU chunk U do I need to do before changing chord? Or do you have a better strumming pattern? Thanks in advance x

  16. kathryn February 4th, 2013 9:59 am

    Or this? Ddudu Dudu Dudu Dudu repeat repeat repeat the big D means a chunk and the d’s and u’s are just regular up downs?

  17. Woodshed February 4th, 2013 7:34 pm

    kathryn: I’d go with D Chunk UDU chunk U twice for each chord.

  18. kathryn February 4th, 2013 7:48 pm

    Perfect! Thanks x

  19. Fullerton May 11th, 2013 9:37 pm

    down chnk up down up chnk up down chnk
    down chnk up down up chnk up down chnk
    repeat. or at least that’s what i got out of it.

  20. Ariel May 21st, 2013 9:32 pm

    Woodshed and Dan would probably do well to just not go to live shows anymore. Save the money you spend on tickets and listen to the studio versions if you just can’t handle the enthusiasm of other fans.

  21. Woodshed May 22nd, 2013 11:24 am

    Ariel: Hahaha. That’s pretty much what I do now.

  22. Sooby March 19th, 2016 12:32 pm

    Hello. I’m playing a baritone Uke and can’t figure out Cmadd9 chord equivalent for baritone. Can you help me please.
    Thanks.

  23. Woodshed March 20th, 2016 12:00 pm

    Sooby: If you want to go all out, 10-8-8-10 would be the way to go. But I think 1033 or 5533 would work fine.

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