Billie Eilish – 8 (Chords and Tab)

Billie Eilish – 8 (Chords)

I thought I was done with Billie Eilish for a while after tabbing up bury a friend and when the party’s over. But there’s some ukulele action and I love it when old musical tropes get adopted and reworked, so couldn’t resist taking on two examples from Eilish’s new album. bad guy (below) adapts some old blues ideas while 8 takes a classic 30s turnaround chord progression of C – E7 – Dm – G7.

Before you tackle this one, slap a capo on the third fret.

Suggested Strumming

You can do this strum twice for each chord all the way through (although on the original the chords do cut out now and then):

d – d u – u d u

Sometimes there’s a touch strum on the first down strum. That means you hit just the g-string when you strum. It doesn’t matter if you hit the C-string as well but aim for just the g.

Which sounds like this:


Twiddly Bits

There’s a dead simple solo. Be sure to give the strings a bit of vibrato to make the notes last as long as possible. I’ve tabbed this without a capo but there’s nothing below the third fret so you can keep the capo on with no problems.


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Bonus: Billie Eilish – bad guy

Billie Eilish – bad guy (Riff Tab)

The bass in bad guy (played on a baritone here) uses a traditional 8 bar blues riff using the minor pentatonic scale. Later in the song it’s joined by a part (played on tenor in my version) that uses the blues scale. If you’re interesting in learning more about those things you can find much more info in my Blues Ukulele ebook.

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