Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra/Kings of Leon – The Bucket

WIUO/Kings of Leon – The Bucket (Chords)

An excellent choice of song for any ukulele group: dead easy chords and plenty of widdling for the flash Harrys.

Megan’s intro is based on the chords switching between the major and the 5 chord:

The twiddly bit that comes after that, and crops up a few times in the song, goes like this:

Or, if you want to play it fingerstyle, you can play it like this:

And there’s the little inbetweeny bit in the chorus:

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  1. Tuscadero February 26th, 2009 7:36 pm

    “widdling for the flash Harrys”, “twiddly bit”, “little inbetweeny”

    If this is as much fun to play as it is to read about, I’m game! Thanks.

  2. zym February 26th, 2009 8:32 pm

    outstanding! I was hoping you’d do this :D

    I feel like my numbers have come up on the Premium bonds, ive won the pools, and that Jim has fixed it for me – all in one day :D

  3. Melissa February 26th, 2009 9:19 pm

    Thank you!
    This is a glorious day! This is one of my favorite songs by them.
    I literally fist pumped the air when I saw the Bucket by WIUO today.
    Thank you again!

  4. paul February 27th, 2009 5:33 am

    thx so much, i’d nvr heard this before. i tend to stick with classical or obscure songs when it comes to my uke music, but this is an excellent song, big ups lol

  5. Craig DJ February 27th, 2009 11:48 am

    Ahh excellent! Yet another very useful post :)
    Love this version, and you’ve even got Megan’s intro.
    Yeah, as ‘zym’ said, i was hoping you’d do this.
    I I check everyday for new posts so this is brilliant.
    Many thanks,
    Craig Shrewsbury UK

  6. Rob NY February 27th, 2009 2:49 pm

    You are the master.We amateurs salute you!

  7. Alice February 27th, 2009 10:26 pm

    Oh my God, could you do Sex on Fire? That’d be a legend song to do on the uke!

  8. Robert February 28th, 2009 12:24 am

    this has been one of my favorite songs for ages, i cant believe i never saw this uke version!

  9. Carrie February 28th, 2009 2:48 am

    Most excellent post.

    In time I will be able to read the music thanks to a wee book I recieved today…

    A good friend of mine in NZ sent me a book entitled “Kiwi Ukulele” which has an endorsement on the back by….

    You, Al!

    Yay! :-)

  10. zym February 28th, 2009 3:09 pm


    whats is the litle ‘vibrato’ bit being played at 1:32 to 1:57?

  11. Raj February 28th, 2009 9:49 pm

    Hey guys,
    being new to the uke and trying to play one of my favorite songs would anyone mind helping me out with the strum pattern?

    Thank You!

  12. Charles February 28th, 2009 10:28 pm

    zym, the 1:32 to 1:57 bit is just a tremelo( playing the note over and over as fast as you can) on the a string playing frets
    7(for two beats) 5(for two beats) 3(for four beats)

  13. Woodshed March 1st, 2009 9:30 am

    Tuscadero: Yes, what little refinement my writing has went out the window with this post.

    Melissa: You’re very welcome.

    paul: I don’t know how you managed to avoid, but glad you’ve caught on.

    Craig DJ: Thanks very much.

    Rob: Thanks, but I’m definitely no master.

    Alice: I’m not too keen on KoL’s more recent stuff. It’s all gone a bit U2.

    zym and Charles: Yep, I’m with Charles. Thanks for that.

    Raj: A lot of it is just single down strums. For the rest of it, just something simple like d – d – d u d u will get you through.

  14. zymeck March 2nd, 2009 3:12 pm

    thanks charles

  15. mathilde (: September 3rd, 2009 12:55 pm

    easy and fun to play (: thanks woodshed

  16. Woodshed September 3rd, 2009 6:15 pm

    mathilde: You’re welcome.

  17. Markus June 2nd, 2010 6:51 am

    Omg!!! Loooove you guys!! this is the greatest uke song ever! with the tab(thanks so much for it) intro, the second chord sounds off… aswell as the one after G =( im deeesperete to play this but it sounds off almost to high? im not sure because im a novice. thank you heaps for putting it up!!

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  19. caitlin August 18th, 2010 9:03 pm

    i love this song! they look like they’re having such fun!

  20. Jacob September 30th, 2010 8:38 pm

    Hey, I love this song and I love playing it. Could you post the strum part for the middle of the song, I can’t quite figure out what chords you guys are playing.

  21. Katie March 16th, 2011 12:09 am

    What are the strumming patterns for the basic chords bit? I am so lost! Can you tell that I’m a uke newbie? :P

  22. Gabriel May 8th, 2011 4:53 am

    This was to amazing.

  23. Woodshed May 8th, 2011 9:04 am

    Gabriel: Agreed!

  24. glbolt August 24th, 2011 2:00 am

    Thanks so much!

  25. Woodshed August 24th, 2011 7:03 am

    glbolt: You’re welcome!

  26. Jon November 19th, 2011 8:32 pm

    That twiddly part on the the a string is played pretty quickly. Would you recommend using a pick for that part?

  27. Woodshed November 19th, 2011 10:44 pm

    Jon: The Wellies play it with a pick.

  28. Kiyoshi Hirakawa December 9th, 2013 1:23 am

    Superb. We want to collaborate with your
    group. I asm teaching ukulele solo to students
    in Toyo.

    Awaiting your intererst, we are
    Ukulele Soloist
    Interbnatioal Ukulele Club
    Tokyo , Jzpsn

  29. Bethhhhh January 7th, 2014 10:52 pm

    I’m brand new……so forgive me if this is a stoopid question. What is the strum pattern for the cords/where do I find it/what do I presume it it?

  30. Woodshed January 9th, 2014 12:09 pm

    Bethhhhh: It’s worth practicing coming up with your own stumming patterns. Here’s a couple of posts that should help:


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