Taylor Swift – august (Tabs)

Taylor Swift – august (Tab)

Taylor Swift seems to be ubiquitous these days. And there’s no getting away from her here, I’m afraid. Here’s my take on a track from her album Folklore (giving you plenty of time to practice before it becomes relevant): August

Verse: These are nice and simple. Standard chords in the first position.

Chorus: There aren’t many songs that get more gentle in the chorus. But it’s very effective here. This section is slightly more difficult. It moves up the neck for a bit of campanella action and there’s some swift picking required.

The second chorus starts with an A minor chord rather than a C. If you prefer, you can just stick with C since that’s what she did on the Long Pond version.

Bridge: The song changes character here and it gets much trickier to play. The melody is less structured than in the verse and chorus, with a bunch of words crammed in.

Outro: I tried to mimic the way the song drops out for the first bar of this section the second time it crops up. Then blasting in with full on strumming.


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Jawbreaker – Boxcar (Tabs)

Jawbreaker – Boxcar (Tab)

I was very sad to hear of the death of Steve Albini recently. I’ve covered a bunch of songs he worked on in the past including Where Is My Mind?, All Apologies and Heart Shaped Box.

For this tribute, I went with Jawbreaker’s response to sell-out accusations: Boxcar.

The arrangement is just blasting out chords with a few picked notes here and there. The only thing that makes it tricky is the speed. I found the G-Am change in the chorus particularly tricky to get the hang of.


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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home (Tabs)

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home (Tabs)

Here’s a tab for probably the biggest hit of the indie folk era: Home.

Intro: Straight in with the trickiest part of the song. If you wanted to make this easier, you could just chug out the chords rather than tackling the fingerpicking.

Verse: I’ve tried to keep the feeling of a duet in this section. For the female part, I use bends and play close to the bridge to give it a raspier sound. Then play away from the bridge to get a fuller tone for the male part. You can judge for yourself whether it works. I’m not sure.

If you don’t want to play the bends, you can replace them with the open A-string.

Chorus: Nice and easy. Just picking a simple melody and strumming the chords.

Solo: Nothing difficult here either in terms of fretting. But there are a bunch of bars of 2/4 which make the timing tricky to keep track of.


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The Black Keys – Tighten Up (Tabs)

The Black Keys – Tighten Up (Tab)

The Black Key’s Tighten Up, like most of their songs, is a very straight forward blues rock song. But there are a couple of oddities. The first is a rogue bar of 3/4 in bar 38.

The second starts at bar 48 when the song, ironically, loosens up and the tempo slows. I think you could switch the 3/4 bar to 4/4 and no one would notice. But the tempo change feels integral to the song.


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Blink-182 – All the Small Things (Tabs)

Blink-182 – All the Small Things (Tab)

Here’s a fun version of Blink-182’s infectious (in the good sense and the bad sense) earworm All the Small Things.

Intro: All strums. I’m using my index finger a bit like a pick here (and in most of the song).

For all the strumming parts in the song, don’t worry about hitting the exact strings so long as you’re holding down the chord.

Verses: I’m using a bit of palm muting on the strings during the strums (i.e. resting the side of my strumming hand lightly on the strings). That allows the melody to stand out more.

The only tricky part here is in bar 17. I like the harmony on “At my show” so I’ve included that with the lower note picked by the thumb and the higher note by the index finger.

Pre-Chorus, Chorus and Outro: All very simple strumming on standard chords.

Solo: Similar to the intro but with a little melody on the g-string. So try to emphasise that as much as you can.

Break: Starts of with strumming then switches to fingerpicking which builds into the outro. The picking isn’t complicated but it is fast. If you’re only it for the strumming, you can skip this bit entirely and just play the first four bars of the break.


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Quick Tabs: REM, La La Land, 50 Cent

R.E.M. – Pop Song 89

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Justin Hurwitz – Another Day of Sun (From La La Land)

Bruno Mars – Runaway Baby

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Hozier – Take Me to Church (Tabs)

Hozier – Take Me to Church (Tab)

I can’t say Hozier’s massive hit Take Me to Church fits nicely on the uke. But it is well worth learning if you’re up for a challenge.

Verse: No mucking around with an intro. The verse starts in 3/4 time and switches to 4/4 at the end. If you know the song, it shouldn’t trip you up.

Pre-Chorus: Back to 3/4 for the “Amen” section. And again switching to 4/4 at the end.

This is the most sparse section of the song. Creating contrast with the chorus.

Chorus: Staying in 4/4 for the most challenging section of the song played high up the neck. Reaching the 14th fret for the falsetto on “death”.

Bridge: Some movement up and down the neck in this section, but it’s still easier than the chorus. And it stays in 4/4 time but with a cheeky bar of 2/4 that threw me off when I was first learning the song.


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