Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Instrumental)(Tab)


Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Tab)

I don’t often do instrumental versions of songs. I think they can turn out cheesey and boring (particularly if the person listing isn’t familiar with the original). But I had to do this one because it’s an incredible song and all the cool kids are doing it (if you’re a Domino fan, don’t miss Rocco La Bete).

I wasn’t originally going to tab this one so it’s played quite loosely in the video. The tab is more of a basis than an exact transcription of the video. In the chorus in particular, try to make the melody notes stand out against the supporting notes (the ones in brackets).

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  1. Kelsi November 19th, 2010 12:55 pm

    I WORSHIP Ellie Goulding. She is amazing. Too bad I’m nowhere near good enough to play this song. Sigh…

  2. Woodshed November 19th, 2010 4:24 pm

    Kelsi: Glad you like.

  3. UkeAttitude November 19th, 2010 6:56 pm

    Great playing and great melody, thanks !!

  4. guitain November 20th, 2010 5:38 pm

    I thought the exact same thing as Kelsi… But one day, I shall have this amount of skill! One fateful day…

  5. Woodshed November 20th, 2010 10:11 pm

    UkeAttitude: Thanks very much.

    guitain: Good luck and get practicing!

  6. Jules November 22nd, 2010 8:10 am

    That Sceptre does sound brilliant. Very special instrument indeed!
    I don’t/ didn’t know this song but the arrangement seems to lie really well (surprise there, NOT!) so thanks – I’ll go give it a try!

  7. Woodshed November 23rd, 2010 10:46 pm

    Jules: I love my Sceptre. Worth every penny.

  8. Newke November 26th, 2010 7:31 pm

    Woodshed, do you think you could try to work out the tab for ’2 Atoms in a Molecule’ by Noah and the Whale? :)

  9. Woodshed November 27th, 2010 2:30 pm

    Newke: Probably not, I’m afraid. I’ve done a few of their uke songs so probably won’t be doing their non-uke stuff.

  10. Redmond November 28th, 2010 9:15 pm

    I still haven’t quite got the fingerpicking/strumming transitions smooth, as in where and when exactly you begin strumming chords in the midst of all the single notes. Any tips?

  11. Garce December 6th, 2010 2:59 pm

    This is an absolutely stunning arrangement!
    Definitely my new project!
    Thank you so much :)

  12. Woodshed December 7th, 2010 7:21 pm

    Redmond: I was making up a lot of the strumming/single note transition as I went along. I think go with what you think sounds best.

    Garce: Thanks so much, you’re very kind.

  13. Newke December 12th, 2010 6:19 pm

    Woodshed, I might be doing ‘Diamond Head’ by U900 for music GCSE’s, could you tell me what grade it is? Also, could you have a stab at ‘God only Knows’ by the beach boys as an instrumental tab? Sorry for all the requests, but i’m not very good at working out the songs by ear :)

  14. Woodshed December 13th, 2010 8:41 pm

    Newke: No idea, I’m afraid. Your best bet is to get in touch with Colin Tribe. He set the ukulele grade pieces.

  15. Pigskin December 30th, 2010 12:08 am

    hello! loving these tabs, im new to the uke and you have taught me every song i know so far! could you possibly do take me out by franz ferdinand?

  16. Woodshed January 1st, 2011 12:06 pm

    Pigskin: That’s a good suggestion. I might do that at some point.

  17. Pigskin January 4th, 2011 9:20 pm

    what country you from woodshed?

  18. MrWally January 26th, 2011 8:09 pm

    I love this piece, and I’m so close to mastering it, but I have no idea what you’re doing at right around 1:30~1:34 and I love the way it sounds. Think you can offer any insight? :)

  19. Woodshed January 28th, 2011 10:07 am

    Pigskin: England.

    MrWally: I’m flicking up my index finger so I’m hitting a couple of strings.

  20. Pigskin February 13th, 2011 12:24 pm

    what do the numbers in brackets mean?

  21. ukelover April 17th, 2011 6:45 am

    you are truly amazing, i’ve worked out quite a few of your pieces and i love how they sound, i’m wondering if u could give the mission impossible theme a ago, i really loved the james bond one but this theme tops it, please.

  22. Woodshed April 21st, 2011 12:21 pm

    Pigskin: They’re supporting notes – they need to be in the background when you play.

    ukelover: Shucks! Thanks for the kind words and the suggestion.

  23. Chee May 21st, 2011 7:35 pm

    How close is the tab to how you’re playing it? I am having a really hard time with figuring out your strumming. Beautiful rendition though!

  24. Woodshed May 22nd, 2011 1:01 pm

    Chee: There are just a few extra strums on the chord that’s played at the start of each bar (or chord change). Don’t worry about copying my strumming, do what sounds good to you.

  25. Chee May 23rd, 2011 8:05 pm

    The only way of having it sound good is if I copy you. So here’s lies the problem. lol

  26. Christine July 19th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Absolutely beautiful arrangement, I listened to the original Ellie Goulding track and can’t believe how you pulled this out!
    I’m just learning a few bars at a time, and then I’ll piece them together I reckon (although it’s getting a little sweary in my living room).
    Everyone just calm down, feel the song, and it’ll sound great, it really doesn’t matter if it’s exactly the same as the vid, nobody’s going to test you :)

  27. Woodshed July 20th, 2011 9:50 am

    Christine: That is the perfect way of putting it! I wish I’d thought of saying that.

  28. J-Hob July 22nd, 2011 2:55 pm

    Can’t say that the original is to my tastes but you’ve pulled something stunningly beautiful from it, nice work.

  29. Woodshed July 23rd, 2011 1:03 pm

    J-Hob: It took me a while to come round to it, but I love the original.

  30. Christine August 5th, 2011 12:40 pm

    An update: I’ve enjoyed learning this so much, I’ve learned lots about timing and tab reading, it’s brilliant. So much so that I played some of the song to my sister. She liked it. Then I played your version. “Oh, now I can hear the song in it”. Sigh. Still some way to go … Thanks again Al :)

  31. pepamahina September 2nd, 2011 4:33 am

    Couldn’t help but notice that there is an “American Version” of this video. Seems that we Yanks much prefer that Ellie’s eyes be blue (at least most of the time) and to have our Paramours trotted over from Benetton rather than left to the imagination. The shot of the Mini logo on the steering wheel in the opening may be the most shameless example of product placement ever. I much prefer the fringy gymnasts that you guys got!

  32. pepamahina September 2nd, 2011 4:35 am
  33. Woodshed September 2nd, 2011 11:04 am

    Christine: Sorry about your friend’s cloth ears!

    pepamahina: It’s always interesting to see the differences between US and UK videos. I think I prefer the US one. Even with the product placement.

  34. Dalton December 16th, 2011 9:27 pm

    what are you doing on bar 36?….i looked all through how to read tabs and couldn’t find it

  35. Woodshed December 17th, 2011 11:35 pm

    Dalton: It’s a natural harmonic. It is notated a bit differently, though. I need to update that.

  36. Pamela April 19th, 2012 5:02 pm

    Hi Woodshed, I think your uke playing is brilliant and I’m trying to learn some of your tabs. Have you ever done a uke tab of Classical gas by Mason Williams?

  37. Woodshed April 20th, 2012 7:15 am

    Pamela: I haven’t. But you never know.

  38. MaluhiaMitchell May 16th, 2012 10:03 pm

    I must say, this is my favorite arrangement of yours. You are a god on the uke, and my inspiration. haha.

  39. Woodshed May 19th, 2012 11:26 am

    MaluhiaMitchell: Thanks very much! It’s one of my faves too. I think because I wasn’t planning on tabbing it I was a bit looser and freer with playing it.

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