Happy Mondays – Step On (Riff) (Tab)

I’ve included the video with this one because I assume most colonials are unfamiliar with the Happy Mondays and I can’t think of any way to explain what a Bez is. But you’ll need one to play this.

Lots of riffs to get a hold of in Step On – all of them presented here in the original key.

Piano Riff

In the mp3 (at the bottom) I’m fingerpicking this one – it sounds sharper. But it works well strumming out the chords as well (C, D and G) but make it easy on yourself and use C6 (all the strings open) instead of C.

Strummed Version

Guitar Riff 1

The first guitar riff is pretty straight forward.

Guitar Riff 2

The second one changes around much more. Use this as a basis and play around with it.


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  1. J-Hob October 21st, 2010 8:05 pm


  2. Sunny Jim October 21st, 2010 8:15 pm

    Yer twisting my melons man, yer uke’s so hip its twisting my melons man: Call the cops!

    There’s a blast from my misspent youth, cheers Al that really works on the uke doesn’t it?

  3. Howlin' Hobbit October 21st, 2010 11:10 pm

    right then. I like the tune and all, but I still don’t know wtf a bez is.

  4. Foinnse October 22nd, 2010 3:46 pm

    A “Bez” is the dancing bufoon at the end of the video. He seemed to just be some guy who wandered around with the band and was famous for dancing on stage with the band while off his head and playing a tambourine….sometimes.

  5. Woodshed October 22nd, 2010 6:59 pm

    J-Hob: Glad you like.

    Jim: I was surprised how well it worked as well.

    Hobbit: Image a Flavor Flav. Then clear you mind of all conscious thought. That’s a Bez.

    Foinnse: Come to think of it, yes, that’s probably a better explanation.

  6. LVince October 22nd, 2010 9:52 pm

    Ils sont pas resté un peu coincés dans les années 80 eux????
    Je suis un peu déçu par rapport à la qualité habituelle des articles proposés par Uke Hunt.

  7. Howlin' Hobbit October 23rd, 2010 3:25 am

    “wedged a little in the 80’s” *snork*

    I’m taking it that Bez is not the fella’s name. but comparing him to Flava Flav is not a good thing since I only have the vaguest notion of Mr. Flav. necklace with a big clock? something like that?

    not a rap or hip-hop in general fan.

    too bad Happy Mondays couldn’t attract a nekkid woman to follow them around and dance, like Husker Du. (or was that the Chili Peppers?)

  8. Woodshed October 24th, 2010 12:19 pm

    LVince: It’s from 1990. And sounds as fresh today as it did then.

    Hobbit: Bez is the fella’s name but also a wider concept of someone in the band who acts as a sort of shaman/talisman.

    The naked lady that comes to my mind is Stacia from Hawkwind. She was definitely a Bez.

  9. David Barnes October 26th, 2010 7:02 pm

    I used to think Hobbit was a pretty cool guy until he started dissing Bez.

    “Every band needs its own special chemistry. And Bez was a very special chemist.”

    By the way fact fans, the verse is just the riffs above. The chorus goes:

    [G] He’ll stamp on your fire… forget you’re a man
    [A] He’ll stamp on your fire… forget you’re a man. You’re a [C] man….

    [B][Bb][A]… and then back to the riffs and the chorus.

    PS Rowetta was also on stage and was much hotter then Bez: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-NlYftA7-M

  10. Woodshed October 26th, 2010 7:17 pm

    David: I don’t see how he was dissing anyone.

  11. David Barnes October 26th, 2010 11:07 pm

    I sure hope he wasn’t. :D

    Have you got the How Soon is Now? riff covered?

  12. Maisie July 6th, 2014 2:56 pm

    You’re twisting my melon man!

  13. Woodshed July 7th, 2014 7:04 am

    Maisie: You talk so hip!

  14. Ollybha May 9th, 2016 3:06 pm

    Hi Woodshed,

    I am doing a ukulele band piece at my school and am investigating songs to do, and your posts have been really helpful to me.


  15. Woodshed May 9th, 2016 4:28 pm

    Ollybha: That’s great! Hope you have a blast.

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