Massive Attack – Teardrop (Instrumental Tab)

Massive Attack – Teardrop (Tab)

Teardrop is one of my all time favourite songs. As well as the original Massive Attack version (used as the theme tune to House) there have been a bunch of great covers. The version by Jose Gonzalez and Acoustic Labs’ instrumental guitar take on it had a big influence on my version.

There are a couple of unconventional techniques in this arrangement. The first is in the percussive section (bars 13-14). Here I’m using muted strums the rapping my finger nails against the bottom edge of the uke. In the tab the muted strums are an x on the C-string and the nail-strums are an x on the A-string.

I tried out a few different percussive techniques (e.g. bashing the body of the uke with the side of my hand in place of the muted strums and tapping my fingernails on the sides of the uke) and some are very effective. I settled on these because they’re the most straightforward but I’d recommend trying out a few variations for yourself.

The trickiest parts are the harmonics in bars 27-30. Harmonics at the fifth fret give the high ringing required but they’re a real pain to play. I screw up a few of them in my version. If you want something more forgiving play the harmonics at the twelfth fret. They’ll sound right but be an octaves lower.

Links

Buy the Massive Attack version on iTunes
More TV theme tabs
Learn to play harmonics.

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  1. The Captain April 19th, 2015 7:50 pm

    This is a tune that sounds like it is made for a ukulele. I really enjoy it and will try it out asap. Thanx.

  2. Woodshed April 20th, 2015 12:27 pm

    Captain: Thanks! Glad you like it.

  3. Steve Griffin December 14th, 2016 12:39 pm

    This is great – I’ve just started learning it to take a break from The Entertainer and I’m loving it. Not easy, but so satisfying :)

  4. Woodshed December 14th, 2016 12:47 pm

    Steve: Thanks! Glad you like it.

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