Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Anarchy in the UK (Chords and Tab)

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Anarchy in the UK (Chords)

I was tempted to bust out some Boyoyo Boys licks, but this was the only choice for the Malcolm McLaren tribute post.

Twiddly Bits

The chords for this one are pretty simple, but there are plenty of opportunities for showing off as well

There’s a simple bit at the end of the lines in the verse:

You can mix it up with the little picking pattern Will plays like this:

For the general widdling, use the G major scale (there’s a fretboard diagram here) for runs such as this:

In the run up to the first break create a bit of tension with something like this:

For the first instrumental break, use notes from the A Dorian scale. That sounds way more complicated than it is. The A Dorian scale has exactly the same notes as the G major scale. The only difference is the key you’re playing it in.

The end of the first break goes something like this (on a low-G uke):

For the second break concentrate on notes from the A minor pentatonic scale and throw in some of the other notes from A Dorian for a bit of colour.

Buy it on Live in London #1 or the Prom Night DVD

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  1. Jack B (SDE) April 13th, 2010 6:18 pm

    Thanks for this, its great! Me and my ukulele band Scathing Democratic Emu were inspired when we saw the UOGB in January and are gonna perform this at a school concert we’re doing soon. I worked out the chords for this myself the other week for us to practice, but this is much better! Thanks, Woodshed!

  2. CharlesHugh April 13th, 2010 8:37 pm


  3. Woodshed April 14th, 2010 9:58 pm

    Jack B: Good luck with the show.

    CharlesHugh: Thanks.

  4. jeffreys March 7th, 2011 12:53 pm

    you know the strumming on this one? absolutly brilliant done by these guys….

  5. Cardinal Fang April 6th, 2011 7:08 pm

    I’ll second jeffreys – what’s the strumming pattern on this?

    Tried a country type strum (D DUD DUD…) which sounded okay-ish but not right.

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