Basia Bulat – Sparrow (Chords)

Basia Bulat – Sparrow (Chords)

While you’re waiting for me to get more Beirut stuff together, here’s one from their recent support act Basia Bulat.

Suggested Strumming

The song is in 3/4 time. You can just use three down strums:

d – d – d –

Twice for each chord (apart from the fancy bits and the end of the verses and first chorus).

But you can fancy it up by playing a touch strum (t) as the first strum:

t – d – d –

For the touch strum you only do a half strum (hitting just the g and C strings). Although I like to do the IZ thing and pluck the g-string with my thumb then do two down strums.

Twiddly Bits

In the chart I’ve written up the verse ends as C6 and C7. But she actually hammers-on the g-string notes like this:

She does an extended version of this at the end of the first verse (don’t play it at the end of the second verse).

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  1. Amanda September 6th, 2011 10:17 pm

    Sooo beautiful. Thank you for this one, goes to the top of my “master it soon” list.

  2. Garce September 7th, 2011 1:03 am

    Ever since you posted “Before I knew” I have loved Basia Bulat but never got around to playing more on the uke – This is lovely, thanks!

  3. Woodshed September 7th, 2011 7:52 am

    Amanda: Glad you like it.

    Carce: You’re welcome.

  4. Daniel September 7th, 2011 6:24 pm

    Thank you so much. I’m a huge fan of hers. Any chance of doing The Shore (my favorite) sometime soon? I’d love to be able to play it.

  5. Sean September 7th, 2011 8:58 pm

    ahhh thank you, thank you, thank you! i’m super pumped to learn this one :D

  6. Woodshed September 9th, 2011 12:14 pm

    Daniel: Probably not since it’s not a ukulele song, I’m afraid.

    Sean: You’re welcome. Good luck with it.

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