twenty one pilots – We Don’t Believe What’s on TV (Chords)

twenty one pilots – We Don’t Believe What’s On TV (Chords)

I’ve been a bit on the fence about twenty one pilots. But I’ve been looking for some good old ukulele punk pop since The King Blues called it a day and We Don’t Believe What’s on TV fits the bill very nicely.

The are some chord inversions in the song you might not be familiar with. I’ve written them up the way I think he’s playing them. But feel free to use inversions that are more familiar like your prefered way of playing E or the 0100 version of A7. If you’re using the chord charts as written remember that the fret number at the top right of some of the diagrams indicates the fret the diagram starts on. For example, the E7 starts with a barre at the fourth fret (not the first).

Suggested Strumming

You can use this as the main strum:

d – d – d u d u

The ‘Tros and the Verses: One main strum each for F#m and E. Then twice for A except the ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ bits. There do the main strum once, then one down strum. Then either stop or do three down muted strums.

Bridges: Main strum twice for each chord.

Chorus: Just one down strum per chord.

Twiddly Bits

He uses this nice little run at the start of each line in the slowed down version:


After that you go to F#m as usual.


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  1. Katie June 10th, 2015 11:07 pm

    you never fail me, woodshed

  2. Woodshed June 11th, 2015 8:32 am

    Katie: Hahaha! Give it time!

  3. Nathan June 12th, 2015 7:48 pm

    Awesome! Thanks alot for this :)

  4. Woodshed June 13th, 2015 11:29 am

    Nathan: You’re welcome!

  5. Katie H. June 13th, 2015 2:40 pm

    yes!! i love twenty one pilots!! this is wonderful, thank you!! :) have you heard the slower cover of tear in my heart?? that’s a cute uke one

  6. Thomas June 13th, 2015 9:39 pm

    Has anybody around here figured out the strumming for the slow version?

    I currently play the bit for the Verses and In/Midtros like this:

    Fiddly bit uD(F#M) uD(E) uDdu(A)

    It’s not the way he plays it, but appears to be working out alright. But I can’t figure out a proper strumming for the bridge and chorus for the life of me.

    Any suggestions? Any hint would be much appreciated :)

  7. Woodshed June 16th, 2015 6:35 am

    Katie: I haven’t. Thanks, I’ll check it out.

    Thomas: I’d do the same as you except on the A do dudu.

  8. Thomas June 22nd, 2015 10:00 pm

    Woodshed: Thanks for the feedback! I also experimented with just playing the bottom string on the upstrokes either on all chords or just on the E. This adds a nice little flavour as well.

    How do you play the bridge part though? I still couldn’t come up with a good strumming pattern for it…

  9. Doozer September 26th, 2015 8:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing all your amazing uke skills and lessons for us. Have you checked out twenty one pilots cover medley it’s pretty cool.

  10. Woodshed September 27th, 2015 9:26 pm

    Doozer: Thanks for the link!

  11. Sara February 16th, 2017 8:36 pm

    Twenty One Pilots has definitely grown on me. I think it’s their cover of Can’t Help Falling in Love With You that cinched it.

  12. Woodshed February 20th, 2017 11:10 am

    Sara: It was the opposite for me! That cover put me off listening to their other stuff.

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