Bishop Allen – Butterfly Nets

Bishop Allen – Butterfly Nets (Chords)

There are a couple of great ukulele tunes on Bishop Allen’s The Broken String album: Click, Click, Click, Click (which you can download on their website) and Butterfly Net.

Of the two, Butterfly Nets is by far the easiest to play – all baby’s first ukulele chords.

The version in the record is slightly different from the one in the video. As well as being longer, the album version is tuned slightly sharp and includes this little fingerpicking bit in the intro:

Bishop Allen ukulele tab


A good, basic strumming pattern for this song would be down, down, up, up, down, up. Like this:

Suggested by Sam

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  1. Anna July 11th, 2008 12:52 am

    I’m kinda lame and can’t pick up strumming patterns for the life of me. Would you mind mapping it out for me. Thanks.

  2. Chad July 11th, 2008 1:41 am

    I’m with Anna. I can’t figure out strum patterns either. Is there a trick for figuring them out?

  3. maduke July 11th, 2008 8:24 am

    strum-pattern-posts! strum-pattern-posts! strum-pattern-posts would be awesome!

  4. Woodshed July 12th, 2008 4:16 pm

    Anna: I’ve added a bit to the post about the strumming pattern.

    Chad and maduke: I’ll have to have a think about the strum pattern post. I mostly just do it on instinct. Make them up as I go along.

  5. Anna July 12th, 2008 9:01 pm

    Thank you so much!

  6. Woodshed July 14th, 2008 6:20 pm

    You’re welcome, Anna.

  7. slownsilent February 6th, 2009 6:28 pm

    This is really great. I just found out about this song while browsing through, and I just fell in love with it. Thanks for the chords. :]

  8. Woodshed February 7th, 2009 9:19 am

    slownsilent: You’re welcome.

  9. Loopas May 17th, 2010 3:08 am

    hey woodshed, is there an official place to submit tab/chord requests? i have a ideas for songs people may want to see on your site :D

  10. Woodshed May 18th, 2010 10:17 pm

    Loopas: You can use the contact page. Mostly I only tab stuff with ukes in it. And even then…

  11. Woolard June 17th, 2010 2:10 am

    could you make a tab cover of this version of the song?
    If so, thanks.

  12. Rondalley June 17th, 2010 5:32 am

    Could you make a tab of this newer version of the song?
    If so, thanks.

  13. Rebecca Lara March 9th, 2011 6:13 pm

    I would love to get the sheet music to play the saxophone solo, does anyone have it?

  14. Captured by Jess March 24th, 2011 4:14 pm

    I believe the chord should be G7 and not C in Verse 3, above the word spy…yes?

  15. Chloe September 28th, 2011 7:32 am

    i can’t sing and strum at the same time.. got any tips?

  16. Brittany Lawson February 11th, 2012 10:34 pm

    The C in verse 3 above spy should be G or G7 I’m almost positive. I personally think it sounds better with G.

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