Pink Floyd – Money

Last Friday, the Tatamimats‘ resurrected their Dark Side of the Uke show which inspired me to tab out the riff to Money despite it being one of the least uke-friendly riffs in history. The only way you can sensibly play it along with the original song and the Tatamimats’ cover is on the baritone.

The opening riff is in the unusual time signature of 7/8. I find the most comfortable way of keeping track of it is to count it as four beats then three. So I’m counting 1,2,3,4,1,2,3 for each bar.

pink floyd money dark side of the uke ukulele

The timing then switches to 4/4 with one bar of 2/4 for the other section of the song:

pink floyd money dark side of the uke ukulele

If you’re desperate to play the riff on the soprano ukulele, it is just about possible to so long as you play in F and you’re willing to cheat a note. The main riff goes like this:

pink floyd money dark side of the uke ukulele

With the other section (and here’s the note finesse) being:

pink floyd money dark side of the uke ukulele

Or you could keep it simple and vamp along with the original with a Bm chord.

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  1. Jenny September 18th, 2010 4:23 pm

    Floyd is definantly the greatest rock group of all time. “Money” is not their greatest song but it sure is fun to play on the uke!

  2. Woodshed September 20th, 2010 10:12 pm

    Jenny: Yeah, I don’t think it’s one of their best. But it does transfer to uke a lot better than their more atmospheric stuff.

  3. Farmdestroyer October 4th, 2010 2:07 pm

    Interstellar Overdrive would be nice… Seeing as the ukulele has an E and an A it shouldn’t be hard to transfer the main riff of it from the guitar.

  4. Woodshed October 5th, 2010 12:00 pm

    Farmdestroyer: Thanks for the suggestion. I rate old Floyd much more highly.

  5. Other John February 26th, 2012 4:21 am

    I would love to have tabs for “Set the controls for the heart of the sun”.

  6. Gail October 1st, 2013 3:19 pm

    Check out pabrizzer’s rendition:
    http://youtu.be/grDZZ3BddWU

  7. Woodshed October 1st, 2013 9:35 pm

    Gail: Thanks for the link.

  8. Gail October 3rd, 2013 1:11 am

    Oops, I didn’t think that comment went thru, the screen got hung up. I realized after clicking that it’s a different song also called “Money”; but I think you’ll enjoy pabrizzer’s performance anyway.

  9. Woodshed October 3rd, 2013 10:59 am

    Gail: I was a little confused but I didn’t like to say! Sorry, it does hang up sometimes. I have no idea why. But if it starts spinning your comment will show up.

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