Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Paul’s Dance (Tab)

Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Paul’s Dance (Solo Tab)

This lovely PCO tune is a duet between ukulele and cuatro. But it also stands up very well as a solo ukulele piece.

If you do have a spare cuatro player laying around the tab is exactly the same. They take advantage of the fact the uke and cuatro are tuned to the same notes (in this case D-tuning: ADF#B) but the A- and B-strings on the cuatro are an octave below those on the uke. That means the same tab played on both creates two different melodies that fit together perfectly. It’s a neat trick.

For my version I was too lazy to move to D-tuning so I just stayed in C-tuning and put a capo on the second fret to get the same result.

I love this live version of Paul’s Dance so I worked from that one. There are a few differences between this and the album version. The most obvious is that the live version uses more changes in pace and dynamics.

A less obvious one is a slight change in bar 8 of the tab. The recorded version goes like this:



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  1. Rebekah Stone November 13th, 2015 4:15 pm

    Sounds just like Paul’s dance. Really impressive.

  2. Woodshed November 13th, 2015 6:45 pm

    Rebekah: Thanks very much!

  3. GareBear November 14th, 2015 2:12 am

    Why would you use the D-Tuning instead of just putting a capo on the second fret? Is there a benefit?

  4. Woodshed November 14th, 2015 3:51 pm

    GareBear: No, there’s not really any reason to just for one song. I’d only recommend it if you’ve already got uke you keep in D-tuning.

  5. Ian Andrews November 15th, 2015 3:32 pm

    ‘Standard’ tuning for the venezualan Cuatro is ‘D’ Tuning, hence the benefit, although if both instruments are in ‘C’ tuning and you use the same fingereing it sounds good too :)
    Nice job Al.

  6. Woodshed November 15th, 2015 3:42 pm

    Ian: Thanks! I think they meant the advantage of D tuning over putting a capo on the second fret.

  7. Phoebe July 27th, 2017 3:56 am

    PCO is my favorite musical group, I’m so excited to find this! Sorry if you’ve addressed this before, but how do you do a trill on the uke?

  8. Woodshed July 27th, 2017 9:33 am

    Phoebe: Glad you like it! You rapidly hammer-on and pull-off between the two notes.

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