You can blame the inclusion of this one on my increasing addiction to Guitar Rock Tour. It might be the endless repetition, but I really like this riff. And the Eddie Van Halen solo is widdletastic.
V. good, now tab the solo :-)
My favorite of the recent batch of solos.
@ Lain: Think Eddie Van Halen plays ukulele? Maybe he could help with the solo. Next ukulelehunt guest interview!
Iain: Get bent ;)
Chris: I would ask him, but I have a strict ‘no spandex’ policy.
i would love to hear this whole song with like 4 ukes, upright bass, brushes and a snare…..and someone like uke jill singing…..can you hear it?
todd: Sounds like a good idea to me.
i’m so all over this riff, it’s unreasonable how much fun i’m having with it!
i’m having quite the ukulele-y day today, bought a fluke this morning for just over a hundred quid and am to see the UOGB this evening ^^,
cbf: Glad you’re enjoying it. Let us know what you thought of the gig.
Yay!, I have had my uke for a week now and this really helped
IronChowder: Glad I could help out.
What do you suggest for fingering this one?
Here’s what I’ve come up with (total beginner here):
Pluck C string open.
Bar 3rd fret with index finger.
Pluck E string.
Pinky on A, 6th fret. Pluck.
Pinky off. Pluck A.
And that’s where I get stuck. My ring finger is too squishy to bar the 5th fret, but my pinky can take care of the E at the 6th.
I can SO nearly get this it’s maddening.
Stevie: I play it with my ring finger on the A string, pinkie on the E string (6th fret) and middle finger on the G string. An easier way would be to replace the G string fifth fret with A string 3rd fret. But it wouldn’t sound as good.
Thanks for the tips – maybe this is still a bit too advanced for me yet.
Fake Name Stevie: This one isn’t THAT advanced so it’d be good practice for you on building up finger dexterity :)
Also, playing the C in the 3rd measure on the A is the only way to play it on a low-G uke… why wouldn’t it sound as good? It’s the same note!
instead of playing 5 on he 1st sting play another 3 on the 4th string its the same note and you can bar on three it makes it easier to play
Great site. What key is this song in? Is it Em, like original?
Justin: No, it’s Cm.
Thanks @woodshed for speedy reply
Very cool tab, but I found a much easier way to play the last two notes and makes for much less movement. Instead of 5 on the G then 6 on the E, go back to the 3 on the A after the 5, then go 6 on the E.
I have my own interpretation of the song that I posted on youtube. I played this main riff on a baritone uke, but The music store I work at has a fun uke tab book that includes “Beat It” for soprano uke.
check it out
Steve: Very nicely done!
Just found this – and love it! Thanks again…
David powell: You’re very welcome!
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