MGMT – Kids (Tab)

kids ukulele tab


There’s a debate on the best way to play this on Uker Tabs, so here’s the way I think it’s best to play it. My version includes the melody and the chords. I think it needs that extra bit of body on the ukulele.

Where there are notes played on the E and A strings, I’m doing a sort of half-up strum with my index finger.

And why not do your ukulele up like this to match the tune.

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  1. Tobias July 22nd, 2009 10:32 pm


  2. cardboardfrog July 23rd, 2009 12:33 pm

    wow, sounds great much fuller than previous tabs i’d tried, good work mr woodshed.
    I’m really annoyed the bridge has just burst off my baritone uke, i now have little more than a drum with a very nice finish.

  3. Marcelo July 23rd, 2009 3:30 pm

    I’m gonna try that one.

  4. Dan July 23rd, 2009 8:11 pm

    Fantastic yet again!

    This website really is the driving force behind me learning how to play the uke, everytime I put it down for a bit I find something on here that makes me pick it up again and keep practising.

    Cheers Al!

  5. Woodshed July 24th, 2009 9:35 am

    Tobias: Thanks.

    cbf: That’s a pain in the arse. I hope it wasn’t an expensive one.

    Marcelo: Good luck with it.

    Dan: Thanks for the kind words.

  6. Iain Robertson July 29th, 2009 3:15 am

    I prefer playing a 7th chord at the end rather than the minor… thank you so much for this !!!

  7. Jay July 30th, 2009 2:20 am

    Good job. sounds great

  8. Oscar July 30th, 2009 4:38 pm

    this is really good thanks. but could you please help work out the middle and the end of the chorus

  9. vatsal August 11th, 2009 10:17 pm

    great tab! You make it sound so easy though! I’m having a lot of trouble with it but I’m getting it slowly.

  10. Lukulele August 12th, 2009 7:58 pm

    This sounds great but is there a tab anywhere for the second part of the intro?

  11. Valérie August 17th, 2009 6:39 am

    wow! this gave me another sweet moment of joy! Thanks!

  12. Woodshed August 19th, 2009 10:52 am

    vatsal: Keep working at it. You’ll get there.

    Lukulele: I don’t remember seeing it anywhere.

    Valerie: You’re welcome.

  13. Coel August 28th, 2009 6:34 pm

    Dear woodshed, is there any chance you could put up the last part of the riff in a similar style to the first part?

    – cheers coel

  14. Coel August 28th, 2009 6:36 pm

    0-2-4-2-0-2-0-2 on E string-2-0

    thats the simplified version of the last part of the riff, it’d just be cool if you could spark it up a bit like what you’ve done here, would be awsome

  15. Mcnilly December 14th, 2009 6:29 pm

    AH WOODSHED :D thanks! this is brilliant!

  16. Woodshed December 16th, 2009 10:08 pm

    Mcnilly: Thanks.

  17. Bella December 21st, 2009 9:51 pm

    Hey I found it best to do the second part similar to the first part but instead of going straight to the 5/3 bit, strum back on the 0/3 away from you, 3/4/0 towards you, A string 3rd fret, 3/4/0 towards you again, open strings, then a simple G chord. Pretty much this:
    (dashes indicate other strings but not played, strings listed in TAB order)
    0/3/4/- (towards)
    -/-/3/0 (away)
    -/-/3/2 (t)
    -/-/3/0 (a)
    0/3/4/- (t)
    0/3/4/- (t)
    0/0/0/- (t)
    0/2/3/2 (a)

    But I think this needs Woodshed’s looking over.

  18. josh April 16th, 2010 7:16 pm

    check it out. this is how i play it. its pretty similar but it sounds fuller on the way up the fretboard

  19. Woodshed April 17th, 2010 4:24 pm

    Josh: Thanks.

  20. esmee May 15th, 2010 3:07 pm

    wow this one sounds good . gonna try it .

  21. Woodshed May 15th, 2010 6:06 pm

    esmee: Good luck with it.

  22. Jane June 21st, 2010 10:09 pm
    Ooks of Hazard does a really good cover of it. Same key too

  23. lucie August 11th, 2010 4:45 pm

    whats the strumming pattern? i feel stupid asking this but i really cant figure it out

  24. gavin November 14th, 2010 2:00 pm

    sounds great

  25. Andrew January 14th, 2011 1:57 am

    were you using a pick when you played this?

  26. Woodshed January 16th, 2011 10:39 am

    Andrew: Gosh, no.

  27. Marisa April 2nd, 2011 5:18 am

    I’m not really sure how to say this technically…
    But when you get to the chord that’s….


    I think it sounds much nicer played…


    But the tab is great, thanks! And I also have a request that I think would sound brilliant on the uke.
    The song is called BlackBird’s Song, by Augustine. I realize the song is a duet, but I think it could somehow be worked out to be a solo and still sound great, just not as full.
    Just throwin’ it out there.

  28. Woodshed April 2nd, 2011 9:27 am

    Marisa: If you like it that way, go for it.

  29. john body May 4th, 2011 7:03 pm

    Hi im relatively new to ukulele but loving it , could you possibly explain to me how the tab system works at the top of the page? much appreciated :)

  30. Woodshed May 5th, 2011 8:04 am

    John: There’s a guide to reading tab here.

  31. Hanivaz May 8th, 2011 6:17 pm

    how does it continues?

  32. Tinka August 23rd, 2011 10:05 pm

    I, too, play it lime Marisa does, with a D in the End an not an F#m. That way, in can play Em, C, G, D for the verse.

  33. mitch December 17th, 2011 12:12 pm

    sweet as dude massive thanks for this one!


  34. Woodshed December 17th, 2011 11:33 pm

    mitch: You’re welcome!

  35. Mouli January 11th, 2012 5:24 am

    Love the arrangement of this song but just one thing, I’m slightly confused on the timing of the half up strum, could you or anyone who’s got it help me out?

  36. Theo February 16th, 2012 3:18 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant, but there is one small thing I would change: The last chord sounds a little bit strange as it is, so I just replace it with a D, and that sounds good to me. Would anyone else agree?

  37. Conrad May 29th, 2012 3:21 am

    Strum Pattern?? Please help!

  38. Woodshed May 29th, 2012 6:37 am

    Conrad: For the chords? Try d – d u d u d u

  39. Mike November 16th, 2013 10:13 pm

    Marisa is right. It seems to sound better to play a D chord (2220) rather than the (2120).

  40. Andy January 3rd, 2014 11:29 am

    not sure if i am being an idiot but what do you play for the verses of the song? I know you play this for the intro and chorus.. do you just repeat the tab for the entire song? sorry if this is a really obvious question.

  41. Woodshed January 3rd, 2014 9:58 pm

    Andy: Use the chords. You shouldn’t have any problems finding them via Google.

  42. Cody February 23rd, 2014 6:31 pm

    Ok, for some reason when I do the part in the second bar where it goes from the 7-8 to the one open note on the second string, and then the 5-7 to the open string, that one note’s pitch just sounds really off and I have tried to compare it to the recording so many times and can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong! Any help on this part?

  43. hannah macashaka May 23rd, 2014 5:42 am

    Can someone please do a tutorial

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