Earlyguard – Blue Smoke

Earlyguard – Blue Smoke (Tab)

I’ve already mentioned how much I enjoy Earlyguard’s tunes. He has a very distinctive style (added to by his RISA solid) which is relaxing and hypnotic. So, when I heard him complain that he hates tabbing in his explanation of this piece, I felt I had to give it a go.

The tune follows the same simple picking pattern though out: starting on the forth string and picking through each string individually. Earlyguard uses his thumb to pick all the notes which gives it a warm, rounded tone. However, you might find it easier to pick each string with a dedicated finger (4th string = thumb, 3rd string = index finger etc.).

The risk with this piece is that, if you don’t put enough feeling into it, it could sound like a practice piece. To avoid this, you need to play with the speed of the piece and with the dynamics – which Earlyguard does wonderfully. For example, you could play the first two bars of the tune strongly and the second two more quietly – creating an echo effect.

I plan on tabbing more of Earlyguard’s tunes so be sure to check back here.

I highly recommend you check out Earlywolf – Earlyguard’s collaboration with fellow UkeTuber WS64.

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  1. Earlyguard June 26th, 2007 10:46 pm

    Heey, thank you very much for tabbing :-D Well done! I’m speechless!!

  2. Woodshed June 26th, 2007 11:15 pm

    Thanks, Thomas. I’m glad I could do it justice.

  3. nobo June 27th, 2007 10:50 am

    thank you again for all your tabs. you are indispensable for my ukulélé!

  4. Woodshed June 27th, 2007 10:15 pm

    I’m glad I could help, nobo.

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