Yael Naim – New Soul

Yael Naim – New Soul (Chords)

Yael Naim‘s New Soul is best known as the music accompanying the MacBook Air ad, but the first time I came across it was on Le Soir’s ukulele sessions. That part of the session has since been replaced by the second half, but you can still enjoy the ukulele version of New Soul thanks to Dailymotion.

In the ukulele version, she seems to be playing tuned down half a step (one fret) with the chords half a step higher than the original. To keep things simple, I’ve written up the original version.

I do get paranoid sometimes when I’m writing up chords. What I’ll usually do is find the lyrics, work out the chords, then have a look online to see what other people reckon the chords are. I almost always disagree with them. In the other versions online, no one else makes any mention of an Ebmaj7 but just play a C chord in its place. Try it both ways and see which you think is correct.

One difference I’m sure I’m right on is the chords at the end of the middle section. Even though the lyrics and melody of the, “I’m a new soul…” are the same as before, the chords are different. It creates an interesting effect and it’d be a shame to miss it out.

For the strumming, I like to use down, down, up, down, up, down, up for most of the chords. But for the shorter chords (Am and G), I go with just down, down, up for each. It sounds like this slow:

And this up to speed:

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  1. Nelson February 25th, 2008 12:01 am

    YES! Great song…man, you just know exactly what to tab up.
    I’m gonna repay you one o’ dese days.
    You know, when being a college student isn’t so F@#$ING EXPENSIVE!!

  2. Joe February 25th, 2008 4:19 pm

    Nice Choice.

    Brilliant Voice!

  3. Woodshed February 25th, 2008 5:34 pm

    Nelson: Don’t worry about it. I know how it is.

    Joe: She does have a great voice. She does some crazy singing in the Le Soir Session.

  4. Anna March 2nd, 2008 1:33 am

    I’m just starting out on the uke. Any tips on the strumming for this song?

  5. Woodshed March 2nd, 2008 3:22 pm

    Hi Anna.

    I like to use down, down, up, down, up, down, up for most of the chords. But for the shorter chords (Am and G), I go with just down, down, up for each. It sounds like this slow:


    And this up to speed:


    Hope that helps.

  6. Eddie March 30th, 2008 11:16 pm

    I like the real chords you’ve supplied; it has eluded me, all the time, the correct chords. I thank you.

  7. Woodshed March 31st, 2008 5:21 pm

    You’re welcome, Eddie.

  8. Eric May 28th, 2008 3:34 am

    For the middle part what is the strum pattern i have a hard time understanding what chord to use, it says F chord right next to the Fm chord i dont know which one to use lol.

  9. Nicolè May 31st, 2008 8:29 pm

    Where can I find the chord to the lyrics of “New soul”?

    Really love this song!

  10. Woodshed May 31st, 2008 9:46 pm

    Nicole: Just click where it says “Yael Naim – New Soul (chords)” or here:


  11. charlene October 5th, 2008 7:06 am

    shooot! i really luv this song..lil a you know..i’m only 14..hah! nothing.. just to let everyody know..that im a fan..greaaaat fan!

  12. soph December 31st, 2009 7:03 am

    thankyou so much for this song, i love it. but i am having a few troubles in the part where you play the Ebmaj7, it always sounds wrong and in the wrong key. and yes, my uke is tuned properly. any help?

  13. JoshS May 31st, 2010 1:48 am

    You might want to consider making a tab for another yael Naim song called “Far Far.” It’s on guitar but i think it would sound really cool on ukulele.

  14. Dominic August 28th, 2010 1:15 pm

    Great tab! I got it straight away. I feel like I’ve learnt so much just from this one website in literally 2 days! THANKYOU UKE HUNT ;) but seriously, great work.

  15. crazysteph12 October 6th, 2010 9:13 pm

    YEYYY! love this song! you put up the best stuff.

  16. lydia October 17th, 2010 2:36 am

    This is brilliant! goodstuff! I was just wondering, if anybody could help me with the pick at the beginning of this song? I have managed one from youtube but it doesn’t really float my boat..
    cheers c:

  17. Kimmie December 27th, 2010 6:22 pm

    Hi, I love this song and am trying to learn to play it on uke. Can someone tell me what the picking pattern is at the beginning?? Thanks. :)

  18. Torr Penn January 2nd, 2011 3:30 pm

    How do you play the middle section ? I mean, is the strumming pattern the same (D DU DU DU) or do you play finger picking in this section ? It doesn’t sound great when I play this section :( I still need to improve ^^

  19. Marissa November 27th, 2011 8:23 pm

    Thank you! I love this song and I have also been trying to find the chords.. ._.
    Truly brilliant man. ^^

  20. caldersdad October 18th, 2012 1:06 am

    I think the EbM7 chord should be g minor. Makes more sense in the overall chord structure and sequence as a minor dominant.

    I also think the Em above “Learn” should be Am as in the other verses.


  21. Woodshed October 18th, 2012 10:19 am

    caldersdad: Thanks. You’re definitely right about the Em. I’ll check the other out.

  22. Alexxx November 26th, 2012 5:29 am

    What’s the picking patteren for this song?!
    Reallllyy would appreciate it(:
    Thank youuuu.c:

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