The Irish Washerwoman (Tab)


The Irish Washerwoman (Tab)

Quite tricky to play this one. The first section is made up of campanella bits on G and Am (5450) mixed with short runs. For the runs in both sections it’s worth using pinkie, ring and middle for fretting. It’s a stretch in some places much makes it easier to set up for the chords.

My picking in this video is, I’ll admit, a mess. I use my thumb, index and middle and move them between strings. It’d be better to allocate one finger to each string in the campanella parts. Also, I used just my middle finger to pick the runs. It’d make it easier to speed up if you used index, middle, index in a running-man motion.

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  1. alec March 17th, 2011 6:35 pm

    I love this stuff, especially campanella considered songs. Could you put the chord at the beginning of each measure though, so if someone wants to just strum or dig deeper into the theory they’d have a starting place? This bothers me a lot about some tabs and transcriptions.

  2. alec March 17th, 2011 6:36 pm

    There should be a – between campanella and considered I think.

  3. Ken March 18th, 2011 7:12 am

    The campanella voicing works beautifully on this arrangement, Al.

  4. Jules March 18th, 2011 9:01 am

    Oh YEAH, yer picking’s ATROCIOUSLY ‘messy’ Al! [/irony]
    brilliant arrangement and something that’ll make us ‘lazy’ players utilize the nature of the string tunings much better.
    Still enjoying ‘Sakura Sakura’ but this is deffo on the ‘To learn’ list. Thanks Al!

  5. Ambient Doughnut March 18th, 2011 11:27 am

    I never knew that was the name of that tune! Nicely done, I look forward to having a try later. :)

    But what’s that ‘snap’ noise at about 0:42?

  6. Readie March 18th, 2011 12:19 pm

    Lovely! Sure it’s far beyond my limited uke powers but I’ll give it a go anyway.

    Did you break a string towards the end? If this tune is hardcore enough to break one of Woodshed’s strings I haven’t got a hope of mastering it…

  7. Art March 18th, 2011 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the fun song to play with, it does help a lot to watch your fretting style to make the song playable,

  8. Tamster March 19th, 2011 7:28 pm

    Love this. Thanks.

  9. hannah March 19th, 2011 10:34 pm

    dose any body know a website that shows you how to play the tv2 theme song love love love on the ukulele

  10. Woodshed March 21st, 2011 7:32 am

    alec: That would probably be a good idea. I might do it in future (on some occasions at least).

    Ken: Thanks.

    Jules: It really is messy. It’s just made up as I go along and not efficient at all.

    Ambient and Readie: Not a string snapping. Just me screwing up and pulling-off rather too enthusiastically.

    Art: Thanks.

    Tamster: You’re welcome.

  11. cardboardfrog March 21st, 2011 11:23 am

    this song is just unreasonably good fun to play, thanks very much woodshed.

  12. Rob NY March 27th, 2011 6:13 am

    Going to work on this one. Thanks Al

  13. Cappers March 29th, 2011 10:51 am

    Great little tune this, i’ve been driving the missus mad with the number of times i’ve been playing this over the last week or so. Haven’t quite nailed it yet, but just about there. Thanks for posting this, would love more tabs along these lines

    Cappers

  14. Woodshed March 31st, 2011 2:27 pm

    cbf: You’re very welcome.

    Rob: Have fun with it.

    Cappers: Always glad to help with spousal annoyance.

  15. artcrocker March 31st, 2011 3:13 pm

    OK, So I will use Al’s first comment as an excuse. This is a bit tricky. Just when you think you have it worked out and start to pick up speed it gets you, but is fun to play with,

  16. Woodshed April 1st, 2011 8:34 am

    art: Yep, it starts to run away from me when I speed it up to. Trick is to only speed it up very gradually.

  17. mike Boldi January 6th, 2013 3:58 pm

    Al, thanks for this tab, I started playing it and started my own arrangement … Take a copy and repost to your site if you’d like !! Thanks Again !!

    dl.dropbox.com/u/89759439/IrishWasherWoman.pdf

  18. Woodshed January 7th, 2013 7:44 am

    mike Boldi: Excellent. Thanks.

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