Manitoba Hal – Poulet Shack (Tab)

Manitoba Hal – Poulet Shack (Tab)

UPDATE: Help Hal win a Gibson retreat by Facebook liking this page.

With it being everyone’s favourite video of last year, there were no shortage of requests for this one. And I was very happy to comply because I’d already half worked it out so I could purloin a few funky blues licks. I based this tab on the video version but it’s very similar to the album version.

The big hurdle for recreating the song is the technology. Hal uses one pedal to move the opening notes down two octaves and a looper to continue playing the riff under the rest of the song. There are full details in Hal’s interview.

Other than that there shouldn’t be too much to trip you up. Just remember to keep most of the notes short and funky.

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Requested by Josh, cardboard frog and Ritchie.

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  1. cardboardfrog February 24th, 2011 6:26 pm

    oh hell yeah, thanks very much woodshed!
    liked hal on facebook too,
    forget the other finalists you know you wanna tab up white winos for uke instead because it’s just about the best song loudon wainwright ever wrote (well…. actually thats probably not true, iwial is. but still!).
    thanks woodshed

  2. Ron Hale February 25th, 2011 1:23 am

    Everyone’s favorite video of last year, Al?
    Pish tosh, too late for the contest I found one I’d put up against it any time. Any…time…

  3. Vincent February 25th, 2011 2:43 am

    I voted for dance.

  4. Alec February 25th, 2011 7:47 am

    What *is* he doing? Is there a post somewhere explaining? Not tabs, I just don’t get it.

  5. Bossarocker February 25th, 2011 1:22 pm

    I want to see you dance, Al.

  6. Lyndsey February 25th, 2011 5:09 pm

    DANCE! Oh, and by the way, great tab! :D
    (wow, I haven’t commented anythin gin quite a while)

  7. Woodshed February 26th, 2011 5:35 pm

    cbf: I do want to tab up White Winos. But there are a few uke Wainwright tunes to cover as well. Might well do it though.

    Ron: Yes, everybody’s.

    Alec: Not yet but it looks like I’m going to be taking a stab at it.

    Vincent, Bossa and Lyndsey: I would love to dance for you but the internet has decided otherwise.

  8. L. September 3rd, 2011 9:47 am

    Is it possible to have the lyrics ?

  9. art November 9th, 2011 1:23 pm

    Got a chance to meet Hal at a workshop, great singer, player, and very nice guy,,

  10. Katy March 10th, 2012 9:56 am

    Can has lyrics?

  11. Andrew August 28th, 2012 4:17 pm

    would love to learn this by christmas. i would be extremely greatful if someone could explain what you do when there is four ‘x’ ‘s on teh tabs. like this:

  12. Woodshed September 1st, 2012 10:43 am

    Andrew: It’s a chnk (you bring your strumming hand down onto the strings).

  13. Andrew September 6th, 2012 4:49 pm

    thanks woodshed

  14. Esteban Lopez September 13th, 2013 4:34 am

    Great video and tab. I am new to ukulele and was wondering if you think this is to difficult to start learning? I did ukulele boot camp to learn chords but nothing with tabs yet. Also, any recommendations on how to sing and play? I found it tricky when I played guitar many years ago.

  15. Woodshed September 13th, 2013 10:51 am

    Esteban: It’s not really a beginner level tune but there’s no harm in giving it a go.

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