Beirut – St Apollonia

Beirut – St Apollonia (Chords)

It probably won’t come as a huge shock to you that I enjoyed Beirut’s Flying Club Cup. Ukuleles, brass bands, pretentiousness; what’s not to love? Better still, it came with a website full of videos of the band performing tracks in various rundown areas.

There are a couple of uke-heavy tracks on the album: The Penalty (you can find the chords for The Penalty here) and St Apollonia.

St Apollonia is structured in quite a strange way. The song starts out with a C major chord, then shifts to C minor for the first and only verse. For the instrumental section, the chords over the verse are shuffled about.

During the song, there are some rapid strums. Because they’re using those horrible rhino’s toenails, they have no option but to strum really fast. If you use your fingers, it’s easier to get this effect using a roll – rasgueado if you want to get Spanish about it. These are produced by flicking downwards with each finger individually. You can watch a good explanation of the rasgueadoes technique for guitar here.

You can find more Beirut chords here.

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  1. Jordy January 15th, 2008 11:41 pm

    It is through StumbleUpon that I found Beirut. (one hour later I ordered both Gulag Orkestar & Flying Cup Club) And it’s Beirut that is one of the two reasons that I bought a ukulele… =)

  2. Woodshed January 15th, 2008 11:51 pm

    That’s certainly a feather in StumbleUpon’s cap. The only stuff I’ve ever found using SU is addictive, time wasting games.

  3. Ian January 16th, 2008 3:35 am

    Haha… rhino toenails… I’d never heard that before.

    I think I have a new insult to add to my ukulele vs. guitar argument/defence repetoir.

  4. moocher January 16th, 2008 6:55 pm

    Delivered as promised. You’re a diamond Mr Woodshed, sir!

  5. Woodshed January 16th, 2008 11:20 pm

    Thanks, moocher.

    Ian: I think I’ll have to do a list of insults for guitar players.

  6. Nelson January 17th, 2008 4:37 am

    I wuv yew.

  7. amber January 17th, 2008 7:32 am

    The video for Nantes on that site is one of my favorite things ever.

  8. Woodshed January 17th, 2008 10:54 pm

    You won’t have to wait too long for yet more Beirut stuff (including Nantes).

  9. chris January 20th, 2009 1:19 am

    hm is the solo gonna be put up

  10. Josie April 29th, 2009 1:11 am

    Can you put down the strum progressions please!

  11. Jan August 2nd, 2010 9:40 pm

    Phew. That one is hard. :D

  12. Woodshed August 3rd, 2010 5:36 pm

    Jan: That’s what she said.

  13. Miha August 16th, 2010 10:29 pm

    What about strumming?

  14. Snacks September 13th, 2011 7:06 am

    I’ve been wondering, The Fm sounds a lil weird to me and I see the Dm/g up top but nowheres in the song. <3 cheers

  15. Woodshed September 16th, 2011 8:13 pm

    Snacks: Hmmm I don’t know what I was thinking with the Dm/g!

  16. missd March 3rd, 2012 10:48 am

    Sooo…. About those chords for Nantes… And Sunday Smile is absolutely delightful as well. :)

  17. missd March 3rd, 2012 10:54 am

    Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry! I was too silly to find the entire PAGE dedicated to Beirut. Thank you!

  18. Woodshed March 8th, 2012 12:47 pm

    missd: Glad you found it!

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