Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Tamacun (Tab)

Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Tamacun (Tab)

Tamacun is a rare treat. A guitar instrumental that transports to the ukulele directly with hardly any finangling. The melody is played almost exclusively on the top three strings above the fifth fret. And the chords are dead simple (Am – G – C – E until the solo).

Having said that, the strumming – which is the real highlight of the piece – is a nightmare. It’s well worth watching this Tamacun tutorial from the pair themselves (it’s from the DVD bonus on the album). It’s pretty difficult to keep up with what she’s doing even when she slows it down. But her accent is adorable, so all’s forgiven.

The one part where things do get difficult for the uke is in the solo. There are a couple of ways to handle the intro to the solo (bars 21-28 in the tab). I’ve gone for moving everything up an octave. The alternative is to use a low-G uke (as Brittni Paiva did for her version) and substitute the open E and A strings of the uke for the open B and E strings of the guitar.

Next problem is the long E Phrygian Dominant sweep (bar 32). Here I’ve taken my cue from Brittni’s version and done a descending run instead. In the rest of the solo I’ve stuck in a few re-entrant elements but there’s nothing to stop you playing it the same way as the original.

The easy way to go about the solo would be to improvise around the E Phrygian Dominant scale (popular in flamenco playing). But be sure to emphasise notes from the chord that’s playing at the time (either Dm7 or E7).

I haven’t tabbed out the banging and clattering section of the tune. You’re on your own there.

Thank you, bye. And practice. *watish*

UPDATE Go Team Yam has just put up a video tutorial for Tamacun. It’s slightly different to my version so check out some of the variations.

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  1. mictoboy June 3rd, 2010 6:25 pm

    Crikey! Brilliant song, and good work by you and Team Yam. There’s no way I’ll be attempting it though :)

  2. Jimmy June 3rd, 2010 6:35 pm

    Awesome. Will be adding to my duet repertoire. Cheers.

  3. tenaciousflea June 3rd, 2010 7:05 pm

    wow. that’s one of the most unbelievable performances i’ve seen in a while. i don’t know how you tabbed that out – brilliant.

  4. Luke June 3rd, 2010 9:57 pm

    I really like this because you said finagling

  5. Redmond June 4th, 2010 12:12 am

    Awesome… Once I get good enough I’mma be all over this song!

  6. cardboardfrog June 4th, 2010 1:02 pm

    oh, HELL YES!
    Epic choice woodshed!
    good work.

  7. J-Hob June 4th, 2010 1:30 pm

    Well feck me sideways! Awesome song, great work on the tab but I never, in a month of Sundays or any other day of week, ever going to be able to play that. Still, kudos to those that can!


  8. Peter June 4th, 2010 4:30 pm

    Thanks for this. I’m gonna really work on this one.

  9. LyleSpruce June 4th, 2010 9:31 pm

    I’d never heard of this song until you posted the uke and acoustic duet in the links the other day.

    I really wanted to learn it and now here we are with a tab, great job!!!!

    Been following this site for ages now but never commented, but I feel compelled., keep up the good work!!

  10. Jam June 4th, 2010 11:10 pm

    Thank you
    This is certainly tasty stuff
    It’s going to be hard to do anything else while I have the itch to learn all of this

  11. Woodshed June 6th, 2010 12:04 pm

    mictoboy: The lead part isn’t all that difficult (most of it anyway). Worth having a go at.

    Jimmy: Have fun with it.

    tenaciousflea: It wasn’t all that tricky. I skipped the difficult part – working out the strumming.

    Luke: I love that word too. How astute of you to pick up on it!

    cbf: Thanks!

    J-Hob: I’m trying to work up a solo version of it.

    Peter: Good luck with it.

    LyleSpruce: Thanks very much for joining in.

    Jam: Well worth taking the time to learn it.

  12. Dan Garcia July 5th, 2010 3:09 pm

    Wicked video however, there is one tiny mistake that i couldn’t help but notice!
    In the second riff (which is explained about 3:15 mins into the video) just after the pull off’s you play a G (3rd fret E string) and it should be a G#. I think that is what they play in the original anyway.

    I know that is really picky of me but you know! None the less, great video

  13. Woodshed July 8th, 2010 9:26 pm

    Dan: Thanks for the correction.

  14. JOGNIE January 8th, 2014 8:46 pm

    Is it strange that I’ve only been play ukulele for about 1 month now and I can not only play it, but also find it easy? Great tab by the way!

  15. Woodshed January 9th, 2014 12:07 pm

    JOGNE: You’re certainly progressing a lot faster than I did!

  16. JOGNIE January 12th, 2014 6:53 pm

    Woodshed: thanks! Well I have been playing electric guitar for 2 years before I picked up ukulele!

  17. Bubu June 28th, 2017 8:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing this tab, it’s awesome. I would like to play the low G version, but I can’t get it right. I’m not that much of a professional to tab it myself, so if anyone has a tab for it, I would be really thankful if he/she could share that one.

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