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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