Antarctica Takes It! – C&F (Chords)

Antarctica Takes It! – C&F (Chords)

The nominations for 2010’s video of the year are in, being tabulated and you’ll have a chance to vote on them tomorrow. This year it’s going to take some pushing and shoving to get a list of ten and this one is just on the brink. After the howls of protest when I didn’t include it in my ‘best of the year so far’ posts I thought it would be in easily. If I’d gone through with my plan to institute the Smash Hits Poll Winners award categories, he’d have got Most Fanciable Male by a landslide.

Suggested Strumming

There are lots of bits in the song where it’s just one down strum left to ring. The main part of the song you can go with this two bar pattern once for each chord:

d – d u – u d u
– u d u – u d –

One exception is the intro. For the first quick F you might want to use this version of F and C with this pattern

d u – u – u d u
– u d u – u d u

And the quick bit at the end of the intro, do this once for each chord:

d u d u

The other is in the bridge section. In the session version he’s doing a bit of strum blocking with the thumb stopping the g-string ringing and the other fingers covering the E and A-strings. If you don’t fancy doing that, you can just play the C chord with the main strumming pattern.

Twiddly Bits

If you want to recreate the piano bit in the intro you could do it like this:

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  1. Howlin' Hobbit February 8th, 2011 9:26 pm

    Sma’ shits? Is that some daft Brit slang?

  2. pepamahina February 9th, 2011 2:10 pm

    Yay! Chords, strumming, “twiddly bits”, video, AND a link to a free download…I’d never find these things without you…thanks!

  3. Sal Pedi June 11th, 2011 3:38 pm

    I’m just learning to play baritone uke, tuned to DGBE.
    Where can I find more info on how read/understand the “Twiddly Bits” strumming?

    I can read music, if thats a help to me!.

  4. Woodshed June 13th, 2011 12:02 pm

    Oops, I seem to have gone many months without answering these.

    Hobbit: Smash Hits was a pop music magazine back in my boyhood days.

    Pepamahina: Very glad you like it!

    Sal: The strumming should be exactly the same. The twiddly bits: move everything up 5 frets and it should be the same.

  5. cordonio December 30th, 2011 10:38 pm

    This song is hard as hell! Why is it in the easy section? Sure the chords are easy, but the beat and rhythm are crazy.

  6. Vudoo October 13th, 2013 6:46 am

    Hey Woody, I know this an old posts but do you think you can do another of their songs called “constellations”? It’s quite possibly the best nautical themed ukulele piece every created!

  7. Woodshed October 13th, 2013 9:16 pm

    Vudoo: Sorry. No plans to.

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