Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out)

If you want to play Street Spirit on the ukulele, just forget it. Impossible. Can’t be done. Having said that…

…if you make enough changes, you can move it from ‘impossible’ to the merely ‘too difficult to bother attempting’. With that in mind, I’ve tabbed out a difficult version based on the guitar part and come up with an easier version which fits more comfortably on the uke.

Difficult Version

For the ukulele version, I’ve transposed everything up 3 frets (so it’s in C minor rather than A minor). Here’s the first, and most played, riff in the song:

Radiohead Street Spirit ukulele tab part one
Part 1 midi

For the right hand picking, I use my index finger on the E-string, middle finger on the A-string and thumb to cover the other two. I’ve also put some fretting hand suggestions in the tab. Strictly speaking, the second note of this tab should be the G-string open, but this makes the right hand picking much more tricky.

The second little riff (“All these things…”) is a little trickier.

Radiohead Street Spirit ukulele tab part two
Part 2 midi

The G at the beginning of the bar is an octave above where it should be. Try to bar your little finger across the E and A strings for those notes at the tenth fret. Otherwise, it’s a big jump down to the sixth fret.

And the tab for the chorus:

Radiohead Street Spirit ukulele tab part three
Part 3 midi

If I was attempting this song (which I’m not, because it’s impossible), I’d just play the chords for this section (Eb, Gm, Cm) even in the hard version.

Easy Version

This first part of the song is derived from the vocal melody and the picking pattern.

Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Midi

If you wanted to make it even easier, you could strum out these shapes. So it would be 0033 for the first half of the first bar, then 0233 for half a bar, 0333 for half a bar and so on.

For the next section, I hold down a Gm chord shape and pick with one finger for each string (thumb on the G-string, first finger on the C-string etc.

Radiohead Street Spirit easy tab
Midi

For the chorus, take a breather and just strum out the chords Bb, Gm, Cm.

Here’s a pdf of all the tabs:

Street Spirit (Tab)

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16 Comments

  1. Joe February 7th, 2008 7:52 pm

    Ooooh!

    I love this song!

    Sounds brilliant on the ukulele!

    Nice One Woodshed!

    JOE :D

  2. West February 7th, 2008 8:08 pm

    Excellent! Thanks very much!

    On the easy version, both tab images are the same – I think the first one needs changed, going by the text.

  3. Woodshed February 7th, 2008 8:20 pm

    Glad you like it, guys.

    Thanks for pointing that out, West. *fixed*

  4. John February 7th, 2008 10:46 pm

    Thanks for that – I’ve some fun trying to play it faster and faster tonight! The easy version is more my level…

  5. Jules_perox February 8th, 2008 8:06 am

    What an excellent choice!
    Sorry to be dim but is there a link to the complete set of tab that I can download and print off rather than cutting and pasting all your great tab prints?
    Thanks again!

  6. Woodshed February 8th, 2008 3:30 pm

    John: Good luck with it.

    Jules: There wasn’t, but there is now:

    Street Spirit (Tab)

  7. Drakeland October 22nd, 2010 8:15 am

    Are you kidding? This song is nowhere near impossible. Took me like 20 minutes to learn it.

  8. Woodshed October 22nd, 2010 7:06 pm

    Drakeland: Rule 7: If you say how easy it is to play something you have to upload a video for the rest of us to consider.

  9. George October 25th, 2010 2:40 pm

    Fantastic, thank you very much.

    In the first riff of the difficult version I find it easier to play the D on the A-string rather than the G-string.

  10. Woodshed October 25th, 2010 9:37 pm

    George: You’re welcome.

  11. Gavin October 19th, 2011 2:27 pm

    Hi Woodshed thanks for the tab it’s great except there’s a bit missing! At the “immerse your soul in love” bit at the end of the song the em chord changes to an E7 chord. I just pluck the 7th fret second string during the second chord pattern to achieve this.

  12. Shaun O'Reilly February 20th, 2013 1:41 am

    Generally takes me awhile to get finger picking songs down (I’ve only been at it for a year) but I’m beginning to get this song down. It’s nowhere near impossible, just quite challenging – especially for finger picking beginners.

  13. Woodshed February 20th, 2013 8:17 am

    Shaun: Well done with it.

  14. Shaun January 15th, 2014 2:34 pm

    any thoughts on how to make this sound more like the guitar version on a baritone ukulele?

  15. Shaun January 15th, 2014 2:36 pm

    Oh I just noticed there’s an easy version tabbed out.. I’ll have to try it out on my baritone when I get home from work!

  16. Woodshed January 15th, 2014 8:27 pm

    Shaun: Glad that helps. Hope you like it!

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