Phoenix – Lisztomania (Riff)

I think this would be a great song for ukulele orchestras. It’s got a really interesting arrangement: simple chords, a bunch of little riffs to play, plenty of space in the arrangement and some nice dynamics (I might rant on this next week). It’s in the key of C. And it sounds great sung chorally.

There are three little riffs in the song a one bar riff, a two bar riff and an eight bar riff.

The first riff from the keyboard:

The first guitar riff:

The second guitar riff is worth playing with pick and some damping (letting the underside of your hand rest gently on the strings just in front of the bridge).

And all of them on one tab:

Phoenix – Lisztomania (Tab)

Here’s my attempt at putting them all together.


Requested by Gerado.

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  1. andy March 19th, 2010 4:37 am

    Looking beyond the uke for a moment (assuming that’s allowed), your blog has a great track record of broadening my horizons. I’ve just lost 20 mins with PS22 on that YouTube, and it wasn’t wasted. Thanks Al.

  2. Josh March 19th, 2010 5:05 am

    Here are the chords for those looking to play the whole song.

    VERSE: Dm / Am / F / Am / F / Dm / G / Am

    CHORUS: F / Dm / Em / F / Dm / G

  3. Woodshed March 20th, 2010 5:17 pm

    andy: It’s always welcomed. Glad you enjoyed their stuff.

    Josh: Thanks for the chords.

  4. covernment March 21st, 2010 10:49 pm

    hey do you think you can post the three uke parts as three different mp3s? i figured out one and two but the third one i cant get right. if you could post them it would be very helpful!

  5. Gerardo del Valle April 19th, 2010 12:30 am

    THANKS Al! I just randomly goggled it with not much hope of you posting it. I loved what you did with the song. Thanks again for the riff!!!

  6. Woodshed April 19th, 2010 10:52 pm

    covernment: Sorry, the original tracks have all gone now.

    Gerardo: Thanks!

  7. OhTea February 15th, 2011 3:37 am

    Is there a strum pattern you would suggest for the chords?
    Thanks :)

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