Ninebarrow – Birdsong (Tab)

Ninebarrow – Birdsong (Tab)

If you’re a fan of folk music you absolutely have to follow the Songs from the Shed YouTube channel. They have a huge range of sessions from acts on the UK folk scene. The latest session to make me prick up my ears was Ninebarrow’s performance of Birdsong.

They’re a great uke and vocal duo and their Kingdom EP is one of my favourite ukulele records this year.

Plus their fingerpicking riffs make it perfect for this week’s theme.

Birdsong is played on a low-G ukulele. But it does still sound right on a high-g uke.

The picking is done with the thumb and two fingers method (with the thumb covering the G and C strings). But I prefer to use one finger per string on the Am7 in the intro/verse since the G and C strings are played in quick succession.


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  1. David September 27th, 2013 12:42 pm

    Love it… minor error in your tab – the last 2 bars are the ending, not part of the chorus. I’ve tabbed it out in GuitarPro if you want it…

    I can’t quite work out the lyrics for verse 3:
    We ate our fruit and rested
    On a fallen XXX XXX XXX
    And still a voice was calling
    In the softest temptress tone…

    Can you help?

  2. Jack Fuller September 27th, 2013 2:41 pm

    Thank You, Thank You. It was absolutely mesmerizing. I was totally emersed in the beauty of the harmonizing and beautiful melody. Thanks again. Well done.

  3. Woodshed September 29th, 2013 2:13 pm

    David: The outro is pretty much the same as the intro, right? I was tabbing out the sections rather than all the repeats.

    Jack: Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. David September 29th, 2013 2:32 pm
  5. Woodshed September 30th, 2013 7:22 am

    David: Hahaha! I’ll have to learn these!

  6. Jay October 3rd, 2013 7:52 am

    Hey guys,

    It’s Jay here from Ninebarrow – just to clarify the lyrics on the 3rd verse:

    “We ate our fruit and rested
    On a fallen tree moss-grown
    And still a voice was calling
    In the softest, tend’rest tone”

    Glad you’re enjoying it :)

  7. Woodshed October 3rd, 2013 11:12 am

    Jay: Thanks very much for clearing it up. And excellent work on the song!

  8. Kim Burns April 29th, 2017 5:51 am

    I am fairly newton the Uke and have just discovered Ninebarrow…this is such a beautiful song…thanks for sharing the tab. Was wondering if anyone has a tab for ‘For a time’ another amazing Ninebarrow song I would love to learn.
    Thanks in advance.
    Kim – Australia :-)

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