ABBA – Waterloo (Chords)
It’s Eurovision next week, so I’m doing my two favourite Eurovision songs this week. I’ll level with you, there are only two Eurovision winners I’d say were great. And the first one is blindingly obvious: Sweden’s 1974 winner by ABBA.
The main thing: swing your strumming (so the down strum lasts longer than the up strum) – the easiest way is just to get the groove of the song.
Main strum: d – d u d u d u
Intro: d u d u d u d u
Verse: I love the big emphasis on that first D chord. For that play this with the capitals being empahsised:
d – D U – u d u
On the short chords in the first two lines do d – d u for each. Using the main strum for everything else the first three lines sound like this:
On the last line just do one down strum for all the short chords.
Chorus: The main strum on everything except the A at the end of line 2. This is a classic glam rock move. Play the D on the first down strum, then for the rest of the bar play A with udududu.
Bridge and Outro: use the main strum.
I like to play the guitar riff in the chorus like this:
And here’s a version of the lick at the end:
Here’s how those two sound along with the strumming: