Allo Darlin’ – Tallulah (Chords)

Allo Darlin’ – Tallulah (Chords)

Allo Darlin’ are doing pretty well for themselves these days. And this song has picked up a fair few requests.

It’s very straightforward. Just four chords. But does use a capo on the second fret. You can achieve the same thing by using D-tuning. But I’ve kept the chord names in their C-tuning names. If you’re used to D-tuning, the chords are A, E, Bm and F#m.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this pattern all the way through:

u d u x

Four times for each chord. Notice that it starts with an upstrum – you have to play that before the first beat of the bar. Often she’s just playing all the strings open on that upstrum then hammering on the chord.

Twiddly Bits

The bit in the intro uses the same chords but with a little twist. For both the G and Em chords you play the usual chord for one strumming pattern, then take your finger off the A-string second fret and play that open for one go through the strumming pattern. Then repeat that.

So for the G chord you do the standard G then Gsus2: 0230. On the Em it’s the standard Em then Emadd11 0430

She does the same thing on the Em chord throughout the song.

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  1. Juliane September 12th, 2012 11:16 am

    Thank you! I love this song <3

  2. oneEqualsTwo September 12th, 2012 1:18 pm

    I went to see them at an acoustic show the other week. I spoke to the lady from the band afterwards about some Uke tips and she recommended this site, so far it’s been very helpful!

  3. Taylor September 20th, 2012 1:27 am

    Great song off one of the best albums of the year. Thanks for the tab!

  4. Woodshed September 20th, 2012 1:05 pm

    Juliane: Me too!

    oneEqualsTwo: That’s fantastic!

    Taylor: You’re welcome.

  5. kian September 25th, 2012 1:50 am

    great song thanks for uploading the chords am learing more and more! thanks!

  6. Woodshed September 26th, 2012 10:20 am

    kian: Thanks! That’s great.

  7. Antoine March 18th, 2013 12:33 pm

    Hey, i don’t understand, what’s a capo ? this thing that can press on 4 chords? and also what is D-tuning or C-tuning?
    Anyway, great song for beginners like me !

  8. Woodshed March 19th, 2013 7:30 pm

    Antoine: Yeah, a capo is a device you strap across the neck and it holds all the strings down at a certain fret.

    C-tuning is the standard gCEA tuning. D-tuning is two frets higher than that aDF#B.

  9. Korah April 7th, 2013 1:36 am

    Thank you for this! I just started playing the Uke, I am struggling with the strumming, could you please post the basic strumming pattern like you did on ‘Butterfly Nets’? Thanks a ton!

  10. Woodshed April 7th, 2013 9:15 am

    Korah: It’s worth practicing coming up with your own stumming patterns. Here’s a couple of posts that should help:

  11. Pepetps July 20th, 2013 4:44 pm

    I would like to play Heartbeat Chilli of Allo Darlin too!!! It’s a very sweet song. Could you post the chords please?

  12. kathryn lee November 29th, 2014 8:22 am

    Please please please please please could you post the chords to Allo Darlin’s History Lessons? It’s such a good song! Thanks x

  13. Woodshed November 30th, 2014 12:22 pm

    kathryn lee: Capo on the 4th fret. And it’s Dm – Bb – F – C most of the way through.

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