Walk off the Earth/Lorde – Royals (Chords)

Lorde/Walk off the Earth – Royals (Chords)

I post a lot of instrumental fingerpicking pieces but I don’t often show fingerpicking as an accompaniment. Doing the acoustic riffs post made me want to dedicate some posts to uke fingerpicking in songs. So this week is dedicated to fingerpicking accompaniment.

Starting off with a perfect bit of fingerpicking for beginners. The little picking pattern in Walk off the Earth’s cover of LORDE’s Royals is dead simple.

Twiddly Bits

For the fingerpicking you don’t have to worry about the fretting hand at all. Just hold down a C chord all the time.

For the first picking pattern pluck:

– The C-string with your thumb.
– Then the E-string with your index finger.
– Then the A-string with your middle finger.
– Let all those notes ring out for the rest of the bar.


Here’s how that’s played (slowed down a little):

There’s a slightly different pattern in the second verse. The first bar is just the same. But for the second bar you do the exact opposite. So it’s:

– The A-string with your middle finger.
– Then the E-string with your index finger.
– Then the C-string with your thumb.
– Let all those notes ring out for the rest of the bar.


Suggested Strumming

The main pattern is a very reggae down strum on every off beat:

– d – d – d – d

Keep all the down strums short except the second one. Let that strum ring. Here’s how it sounds:


Do that twice on the C chord and once each on Bb and F.


Buy the WotE version
Buy the LORDE version
Little Boxes Chords

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  1. Cathy September 25th, 2013 2:42 pm

    Awesome, they didn’t miss a beat! How fun…

    Might have to practice that a bit for our new twist on our monthly uke jam with our neighbors…….

  2. Honest Injun September 25th, 2013 3:39 pm

    The tabs above for Twiddly Bits shows 4/4 time, but the note durations do not add up to 4 beats in either measure, do they? Or am I reading them wrong?

  3. Josh September 25th, 2013 7:06 pm

    I love this band, thank you for turning me on to them! great song :)

  4. Woodshed September 25th, 2013 10:53 pm

    Cathy: Hahaha! Good luck with it!

    Honest Injun: There are four beats. What might be throwing you off is the dotted half notes. The stems are shorter than they are with the quarter notes. It isn’t the best system.

    Josh: Glad I could.

  5. Rachel September 27th, 2013 9:15 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this, I love this song! I have a question about the reggae strum, how do I keep a down strum short? I feel like when I practice it the down strums keep ringing out.

  6. Woodshed September 29th, 2013 2:11 pm

    Rachel: After you’ve played the strum mute the strings by gently either by laying your fretting-hand fingers across the strings gently or by resting your strumming hand on the strings.

  7. Sarah September 29th, 2013 4:23 pm

    Thanks a lot for posting this! WOTE is awesome, and I was looking for a good tab of this song since I first saw the cover on their channel. Quick question: I’m having some difficulty with the chorus strumming pattern. In the video it looks like they’re doing something other than the d-d-d-d… Maybe I’m overlooking something. Any thoughts?

  8. Woodshed September 30th, 2013 7:58 am

    Sarah: It is a bit different because of all the uke passing. They do two of the short down strums. Then a long down strum while they pass the uke.

  9. seamus4string October 7th, 2013 10:19 pm

    I love this version of the song

  10. Woodshed October 8th, 2013 8:43 pm

    seamus: Glad you like!

  11. KT October 13th, 2013 2:41 am

    you never fail me, woodshed

  12. Woodshed October 13th, 2013 9:17 pm

    KT: I try not to!

  13. oneEqualsTwo November 13th, 2013 8:07 pm

    Putting the tabs in the PDF is really useful, cheers man!

  14. Woodshed November 14th, 2013 6:14 am

    oneEqualsTwo: Thanks! Glad it’s useful.

  15. Brian January 2nd, 2014 11:13 am

    They broke a uke while doing that! Ouch.

  16. Woodshed January 2nd, 2014 1:37 pm

    Brian: It was worth it!

  17. Maxwell January 11th, 2014 6:03 pm

    A relatively newer follower, first time commenting. I just wanted to note that on the pdf of the second verse, the lyrics are a little funny. There’s an extra “fine with this.”

    Your website is awesome, by the way. I love how accurately you arrange all the music. It’s really a nice gesture for anyone who’s trying to learn the ukulele. :P

  18. Woodshed January 12th, 2014 9:14 am

    Maxwell: Thanks very much for the correction. And the kind words!

  19. Des February 10th, 2014 4:06 pm

    Where can you get those awesome clapper things.

  20. Mark Jackson March 13th, 2014 10:38 am

    Thought you might like to have a look at our ukestra arrangement and performances of Royals. Adapted from Walk off the Earth as well. Our arrangement fancies it up the C Chord a bit with 4 different versions of how to arpeggiate a C chord on the ukulele.


  21. Woodshed March 13th, 2014 3:16 pm

    Mark: Sounds really great! Nice one.

  22. WF October 17th, 2014 7:50 pm

    Any idea of the vocal harmonies?

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