The Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra) (Chords)

The Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)

Posting So Long and Thanks for All the Fish put my chords-per-song average way out of whack. So time for something nice and simple. Three chords. 80 seconds. Bosh!

The original is in Eb, if you want to make it even simpler you can move it down a fret so it’s in D. Like this:

Wreckin’ Bar in D

Suggested Strumming

You can use this as the main strum:

d – d u d u d u

Play that twice for the Eb (or D); then two downstrums each for Ab and Bb; then back to the main strum once for the Eb. So it sounds like this:

Strumming Pattern

For the other section, play the main strum twice for each chord except the last one – do 8 down strums.

Twiddly Bits

The solo, with a little poking, works well on the uke. Just a bit of bending to contend with.

Which sounds a bit like this:


If you’re playing in D, just move everything down a fret (the tab for that is with the chords).

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  1. Stuie June 14th, 2011 6:32 pm

    Appreciate the change of pace, but bring on the more challenging stuff
    Although, the Bb and Eb variants were nice

  2. Alec June 14th, 2011 7:26 pm

    But the Vaccines cause autism…

  3. CharlesHugh June 14th, 2011 10:32 pm

    I love this song! Gunna be playing constantly. Thank you.

  4. Woodshed June 15th, 2011 10:28 am

    Stuie: The hard stuff will be back. I just like to keep things balanced.

    Alec: I was hoping this post would attract a huge grant from Bill Gates.

    CharlesHugh: I’ve been doing exactly that.

  5. winkles June 15th, 2011 3:37 pm

    I for one really appreciate an easy post every once in a while. It’s nice to plough through some chords first go and realise that, yes, I’ve improved considerably in the year I’ve been strumming.

    I’m not going to be doing that with Magnum PI just yet.

  6. Woodshed June 16th, 2011 8:45 am

    winkles: Yes, I’ll definitely keep including some easy ones along the way.

  7. Tessie May 8th, 2017 8:06 pm

    Could you please do The Vaccines A Lack Of Understanding? (:

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