I know from experience that just having Amanda Palmer in the title is going to put off vast swathes of people who read the blog. But all the people who complain when I swear are amongst them so fuck ’em. But she did win many people over with her TED Talk and even more over with her response to the Faily Mail (you should never trust a paper that doesn’t know the difference between a ukulele and a balalaika). And I’ve had some requests for this one so here goes.
The song hasn’t been released yet so I’ve written up this live version.
Don’t be intimidated if you’re unfamiliar with the chord names. They’re all very easy to play. Most of the time she’s just switching between playing the A-string open and at the second fret.
The strumming pattern is dead easy. It’s just down strums all the way through. Eight down strums for each chord for the most part. But 32 on the A7 (best to think of them in groups of 4).
The big challenge with the strum is keeping going. It’s pretty relentless and it’s a long song so it requires a bit of stamina.
Try varying the intensity of the strum in different parts of the song for extra emotional impact.