Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – It’s A Heartache

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – It’s a Heartache (Chords)

You can hear this track on their MySpace.

I thought I hated this song. What I actually hated was Bonnie Tyler’s voice because I love the version by WIUO, everyone’s favourite ukulele orchestra (well, everyone who matters).

The best part is the intro with one uke playing the melody and one uke providing fingerpicked backing.

It’s A Heartache Intro (Tab)

If you have no friends, you can still fill in your own chord accompaniment if you move the melody around a little. For example, you can play bars five and six like this:

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Ukulele Tab

Buy their EP on the WIUO website.

Requested by Andrew

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  1. Cardboardfrog August 14th, 2008 6:27 pm

    yay for welington ukulele orchestra, their version of the bucket is pro

  2. Woodshed August 14th, 2008 9:56 pm

    They are great. I need to do one or two of their other songs.

  3. zym August 15th, 2008 12:07 am

    You could gravel your driveway with Bonnie Tylers voice. :)

    Even though the chords for my favourite Kings of Leon/WIUO track ‘The Bucket’ are already out in the wild, its not a song that works particularly well with just on uke. It would be nice to have the tab for some the other uke parts

  4. LisaG August 15th, 2008 8:13 am

    “WIUO, everyone’s favourite ukulele orchestra (well, everyone who matters).”

    AMEN!!! Also, their version of “Weather With You” is sweet-as (to use the kiwi vernacular).

  5. andrew August 15th, 2008 7:14 pm

    hell yes. Thank you sooo so much again, I was hoping you’d post these to share. Very exciting.

  6. Chris January 24th, 2009 11:27 pm

    there lastest ‘christmas’ EP is awesome. all the songs from the whitcouls ads pretty much.

    ruby is my favourite.

  7. Ian February 7th, 2009 2:10 pm

    I feel so privileged to have gone to their first Winter workshop. I highly recommend them as teachers. They taught me so much in such a small time. Love this song btw.

  8. George February 14th, 2009 9:46 pm

    The WIUO inspired my friends and I to buy each other ukelele’s for XMAS. For the last month we have been playing Ruby along to the CD, having great fun. Would love to know where to find the ukele tab to Israelites and others on the CD. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Woodshed February 16th, 2009 6:00 pm

    George: I’ve got a week dedicated to the WIUO coming up. I haven’t decided exactly which tunes I’ll be doing yet but Israelites is a contender.

  10. Melissa February 20th, 2009 11:30 pm

    The Israelites!! That would be amazing!

  11. Billy May 21st, 2009 7:31 am

    What’s the strumming pattern for this one?

  12. Woodshed May 21st, 2009 3:37 pm

    Billy: If in doubt try d – d u – u d –

  13. Ali October 18th, 2009 1:50 am

    Totally agree with you – Bonnie Tyler used to ruin Top of the Pops for me every week when I was little!! Same goes for ‘Africa’ – hated that song too but LOOOOOVE the WIUO version. :-)
    Thanks WIUO for rockin’ Dunedin recently.

  14. Woodshed October 18th, 2009 1:39 pm

    Ali: They do quite a few that beat the originals.

  15. Zoway February 23rd, 2010 3:55 am

    I love the WIUO!!! Awesome music, and they’re such lovely people too…Thanks Woodshed!

  16. Woodshed February 25th, 2010 6:53 pm

    Zoway: You’re welcome.

  17. Renee March 19th, 2011 5:44 am

    I loved that. Those guys are doing fantastic things. If Ukulele Wellington can, please put us on your email list. You guys are amazing!

  18. Tich December 25th, 2011 5:02 pm

    Please please please could you tab up the solo in the middle?

  19. Jamparski January 9th, 2012 7:00 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this, fantastic version, much better than the original.

    I’ve only started playing a few months ago and can’t quite nail the beautiful harp-like fingerpicking in the intro- it sounds like there is a repetition of two notes but somehow I’m unable to get it right. Help, please?

  20. Jamparski January 9th, 2012 7:06 pm

    Right so, please ignore previous comment, I hadn’t spotted the tab for the intro…

  21. Kawatapuarangi October 25th, 2012 9:35 am

    Great !! Found another goody-but-an-oldie!! Thanks

  22. keithb February 3rd, 2015 7:53 pm

    always thought the bonnie tyler version was great but this version is my number one now simply the best

  23. Woodshed February 3rd, 2015 8:01 pm

    keithb: Mine too. Glad you like it.

  24. Frank November 2nd, 2016 8:51 pm

    Like the video very much.

  25. Woodshed November 2nd, 2016 10:23 pm

    Frank: Glad you enjoyed it.

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