London Bridge Is Falling Down

london bridge ukulele tab
London Bridge Is Falling Down (midi)

There’s something very sinister about most nursery rhymes. Most real nursery rhymes. The ones that have been passed down through the generations, not the ones that have been passed down from purple dinosaurs. They’re quite often used in horror films (such as The Haunting) and this particular tune was co-opted for the Silver Shamrock theme in Halloween 3.

There are a few of ways you could pick this tune. Each time two notes are picked together, you could pick them with your thumb and index finger. This is a perfectly good way of doing it, but I prefer another way.

I position my hand so that each finger has its own string (those of you that have signed up for the fingerpicking course will be familiar with it) but I’ll use my thumb to pick the bottom note of each pair. So, the first note of bar 1 I’ll pick with my thumb and index finger. The first note of bar 2 I’ll pick with my thumb and middle finger. It seems a strange way to do it, but it’s the way that feels most natural to me. Experiment with these two (and any alternatives you can think of) and see which feels best to you.

Suggested by West

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  1. sukpektedspydawz007 May 23rd, 2012 3:36 am

    I can play it :D (Just a beginner here)

  2. Woodshed May 25th, 2012 7:07 pm

    sukpektedspydawz007: Congratulations!

  3. Karen May 20th, 2013 11:52 am

    I love it~!!!

  4. Woodshed May 21st, 2013 3:03 pm

    Karen: Glad to hear it!

  5. Jay Vaidyanathan June 23rd, 2013 6:26 pm

    like how the tabs look like a bridge! :)

  6. Kevin December 17th, 2014 8:31 am

    Thank you for making this page. I have a question about the MIDI file you provided here. May one modify it and use it for commercial use?

    Thank you,

  7. Woodshed December 17th, 2014 11:22 am

    Kevin: Yes, I’m very happy for you to use it. It’s covered by the Attribution Creative Commons license.

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