Vampire Weekend – A-Punk (Tab)

No doubt about my favourite guitar riff of 2008: Vampire Weekend’s A-Punk. And it fits great on the uke as well. I’ve arranged it for D tuning (for the original key) but you can play it in C tuning with a capo on the second fret or just have it two frets lower.


The trickiest part of playing this is handling the G string in the second half of bar one. I do it by damping the string with the thumb of my fretting hand. If you’re quick enough, you can play it at the second fret to make a full F chord.

And the flute section also works pretty well. I’ve beefed it up a little bit for this arrangement.

Nelson also did a tab for this which you can find here.

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  1. Nelson January 21st, 2009 2:30 am

    What, I wasn’t good enough?!!??!

  2. Zakulele January 21st, 2009 6:25 am

    Nelson has a point. His tab is very good.
    BTW if u could put this into chords, what would it be.

  3. Woodshed January 21st, 2009 6:56 am

    Nelson: Nothing wrong with it, I just wanted to do my own version. I added a link to yours in the post.

  4. Sharpen January 21st, 2009 1:48 pm

    Woodys, sounds more fuller imho. Cause it always has like all the strings playing. Though it’s always is nice to play Nelson’s version after awhile for that kinda, quiet feel? I don’t know how to describe it. :/ But I like to mix the two together, feels like I actually know how to play a ukulele. haha.

  5. Alice February 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm

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  6. Woodshed February 3rd, 2009 5:20 pm

    Alice: That’s for shy people who don’t want to say anthing :P

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  8. Grateful Uke Player February 4th, 2012 12:54 pm

    You cannot imagine how happy this makes me! The arrangement is simply beautiful, you are brilliant. Seriously thank you so much <3

  9. Hubbleknight July 2nd, 2012 10:10 pm

    I really like this tab Woody, But do you mind if i change up the flute section for a cover?

  10. Woodshed July 4th, 2012 11:43 am

    Hubbleknight: Go for it!

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