The Killers – Mr Brightside (Riff)


There’s a very good reason why Julia Nunes went for a chord-based version when she covered this tune – the riff is a nightmare to play on uke.

It’s not in the same key as the original and slightly adapted. I’ve used harmonics for the notes at the 12 fret to buy a bit of time but you can just fret them normally if you prefer.

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  1. robe March 29th, 2010 8:19 pm

    I found it more easier and even more accurate (for my ear) to play it:


    And so on with other parts.:)

  2. Woodshed March 30th, 2010 8:00 am

    robe: Thanks for the tab. Easier, I’d agree with. More accurate, I wouldn’t.

  3. Jason Goldberg May 10th, 2010 5:59 am

    julia nunes is awesome and so are you WOODSHED!

  4. N8 September 19th, 2010 5:21 am

    Does anyone know how Julia Nunes plays her version? Can’t seem to figure it out.

  5. JMAG August 24th, 2011 6:52 pm

    what key is the original in?

  6. Required September 2nd, 2011 6:38 am

    Couldn’t you just post the up the chords that Julia Nunes did when she covered this song? It’s a great cover and I’m sure a lot of people would enjoy learning how to play it, seeing as there is an earlier comment that also talks about how to play this song like her.

  7. Draco June 22nd, 2012 7:40 pm

    Sorry, I’m a compelete beginner at this, but what does the little diamond sign between the twelve and the zero mean?

  8. Woodshed June 25th, 2012 11:17 am

    Draco: They’re harmonics. There’s a link in the post.

  9. UkuleleMan March 7th, 2014 4:03 pm

    If you are having trouble getting to the 12th fret for the harmonics I find using pinch harmonics works well. It means you can keep your left hand in the one place as well which is always a bonus. Also it looks rather impressive at full speed.
    Great tab Woodshed keep playing :)

  10. Woodshed March 7th, 2014 4:34 pm

    UkuleleMan: Thanks for the tip!

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