Alaska in Winter – Close Your Eyes, We Are Blind (Chords)

Alaska in Winter – Close Your Eyes, We Are Blind (Chords)

It’s been far too long since I had some Zach Condon on the blog. And the tune he did with Alaska in Winter is packed with Beirutisms (the Bbadd9 chord, hammering on the g-string, 2nd fret in the F chord, switching the song half-way through).

Suggested Strumming

In the first half of the song use:

d – d u – u d u

Once each for Bbadd9 and C7.

For the F chord do the same strum twice but on the first strum only hold down the E-string, 1st fret of the F chord and hammer-on the g-string 2nd fret. He does vary the strum in the second bar often. You could also use:

d u d u d u d u

With your finger off the g-string (so you’re playing 0010) for the second half.

There’s not much uke for the second half of the song, so feel free to make up your own strum. Once it picks up, you could use:

d – d u d – d u

More Beirut ukulele

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  1. UkePeas June 7th, 2010 10:22 pm

    I can’t believe no one has commented on this yet! i love this song and i hope i am going to enjoy learning it. great choice as always :)

  2. Woodshed June 9th, 2010 11:20 am

    UkePeas: Thanks! Glad one person enjoyed it ;)

  3. Lukey June 9th, 2010 11:45 pm

    Really, really lovely!
    Just one thing, does Zach play with a plectrum or summit?
    It’s just that there’s always a kind of a clicky sound when he plays.
    Just wonderin’….

  4. Kim July 12th, 2010 4:23 pm


  5. Woodshed July 13th, 2010 8:49 pm

    Lukey: Yeah, I think he does.

    Kim: Thanks very much.

  6. Sandra October 29th, 2011 8:54 pm

    What do you mean by “hammering” on the 2nd fret?
    Lovely song with some new chords (for me) so thank you, enjoying this a lot,


  7. Woodshed November 1st, 2011 11:05 am

    Sandra: Hammer-ons.

  8. sophia July 3rd, 2012 2:20 am

    This song is so beautiful. Thank you so much!

  9. Woodshed July 4th, 2012 11:47 am

    sophia: You’re welcome!

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