After 9 years of being together, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra have put out their debut album Be Mine Tonight. It’s a collection of songs from New Zealand largely unknown in these more civilised parts. It serves as a guide to all the songs we’ve missed out on from impressively magnificent treasures that should have been global mega-hits to impressively, magnificent cheese.
One song that did make it global is Lorde’s Team. And that’s the one I chose to write up.
Slap a capo on the first fret and the chords are straightforward. Both songs are in the same key and the chords are pretty much identical. So this will work for playing along with both of them.
When I’m playing along with the Lorde version I like to do all downstrums as the main strum. But with the third strum in each group of four emphasised to match the clap. So with the capital D being a strong downstrum:
d d D d
The only difference is the short Dm chords in the chorus and outro. There I just do two downstrums.
Together it sounds like this (slow then up to speed):
The WIUO is a bit more laid back and I go with ‘d u’s as the main strum.
d u d u d u d u