Skinny Lister – Colours (Chords)

Skinny Lister – Colours (Chords)

I’m slightly dismayed I managed to miss this when it was released last year. Perhaps I had to wait for the hot weather before I could take the song in. But I’m very glad I did. You should certainly check out their music if you’re digging their modern-day Dexy’s Midnight Runners/Mumfords without rods jammed up their arses thing.

Colours is a lot of fun to play and a very good piece for beginners to play.

Suggested Strumming

The actual strumming pattern on the ukulele is dead simple. It’s just all downstrums:

d – d – d – d –

Colours Strum 1

If you’re playing it by yourself you might want to try something a little more involved. I like this for most of the song:

d – d – d u d u

Colours Strum 2

And if you’re feeling brave a bit of semiquaver strumming for the big buildup at the end.

d – d u d – d u d – d u d – d u

Colours Strum 3

Twiddly Bits

The guitar solo in the song (similar to the intro and played through the song) works well on the uke if you move it up an octave.


Here’s how that uke version sounds.

Colours Solo


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  1. Krabbers July 24th, 2013 11:24 am

    We met skinny lister at bestival 2010. They were the hi-light of the weekend for us and a really nice bunch. Plough and Orion will always be one of my desert island discs. Well worth checking out.

  2. Woodshed July 24th, 2013 12:13 pm

    Krabbers: That’s great to hear. They do look they’re a lot of fun.

  3. Matt Denton January 14th, 2016 10:43 pm

    Please post more skinny lister songs!!!

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