Blind Melon – No Rain (Tabs and Chords)


Blind Melon – No Rain (Chords)

I originally had this one planned for the Acoustic Intros post. But in a fit of nostalgia I blundered into writing up the entire thing.

The chords are a bit tricky. There’s a fast switch between G and the dreaded E chord. You can make the transition a little quicker by using these alternative chord shapes. Or you can put a capo on the second fret and play it like this.

Suggested Strumming

For the intro, chorus and solos do this on the E chord:

d – d – d u d

And this on the D:

u – u – u – u d u

Notice that you switch chords on the up strum. Together they sound like this:


MP3

In the verses you can use this twice on E and D and once on A:

d – d u – u d –

One long down strum on A and two down strums on G.


Verse Strum

Twiddly Bits

Here’s the intro. It’s nice and simple.

NoRainLead


Intro

No Rain (Lead Tab)

The verse follows a similar pattern and includes a few bends. Things get very tricky in the solo. I’ve had to move things around to fit them onto uke.

Here’s how it sounds:


MP3

Links

Buy it on iTunes

Bonus Tabs and Chords

It seems I just can’t stop myself tabbing. Despite being on a blog break the last few weeks, I put up a few time-sensitive tabs and chords in other places. Here’s a catch-up on them:

O’Neill – Nun Song (From Orange is the New Black)(Chords)


O’Neill- Nun Song (Chords)

As I mentioned yesterday I loved the second series of Orange is the New Black (even if it was the straw that broke that camel’s back and made me sick of John “sick fuck” Green being everywhere.)

Of course my favourite part was O’Neill’s anti-nun banjolele song. So I had to put up the chords. And, delightfully, I got a shout out from the man himself.

Joel Marsh Garland on Twitter
Orange is the New Black on Netflix

Bottom Theme: The Mar-Keys – Last Night (Tab)


Mar-Keys – Last Night (Tab)

For anyone annoyed by my toilet humour and swearing in blog posts, you can lay the blame squarely at the feet of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson. I was obsessed with Bottom and The Dangerous Brothers in my younger days. I’ve even snuck in the occasional reference on the blog.

So after the death of Rik Mayall I had to do my own little tribute.

The Mar-Keys version on iTunes
Watch Bottom on Netflix UK

Eux Autres – World Cup Fever (Chords)

Eux Autres – World Cup Fever (Chords)

It might be four years until this song is relevant again but it’s a top notch song all the year round.

Eux Autres – World Cup Fever (Solo Tab)

Buy it on Bandcamp

Brett Domino – Sexy When You Do That (Bassoon Riff)

After all those emails begging me to transpose a riff from bassoon to ukulele I’ve finally caved in.

BrettDomino

Buy it on Bandcamp

Blank Ukulele Tab

Blank Ukulele Tab (PDF)

Big Blank Ukulele Tab (PDF)

A couple of PDFs of blank ukulele tabs for you to print out and scribble on.

Friday Links

New Releases

– Pre-order the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra’s debut album. (Wait, debut album? … So it is).
Maybe by Sage Harrington.
UkePunk’s Punk Police The Album.
Wild Child’s The Runaround.

Learning

– Halloween chord book The Haunted Ukulele.
– You can find all my Halloween tabs and chords here. And in case you still can’t decide what to be.

Kickstarting

The Blues And The Abstract Uke by The Paul Hemmings Uketet.

Pictures

Ukulele photoshop contest.
Cat submits his ukulele record to Sony.

The ukulele orchestra feud continues with head UKUO man Peter Moss calling the UOGB “more of an amateur orchestra” and “a semi-professional outfit”. Which The Guardian followed up with, “Court papers show the UOGB turned over £4m over the past five years from a global concert schedule, which included shows at the Carnegie Hall in New York and Sydney Opera House”.

George Harrison’s sordid interest.

A luthier finds out if you can make a souvenir ukulele playable?

Arctic Monkeys – AM Medley (Tab)


Arctic Monkeys – AM Medley (Tab)

Way back in 2007 the second ever chord post I did was Despair in the Departure Lounge. Since then there’s been a steady stream of request for more Monkeys which I’d always replied to with, “I’ll do another Monkeys tab when they go back to making good records.” Johnny called me out on that promise correctly pointing out that the new album is awesome.

So here’s a medley of most of the songs on the album:

One for the Road/Do I Wanna Know?/Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?/Arabella/Knee Socks/I Want It All/R U Mine?

Trickiest Bits

The trickiest bits for the fretting are the two big leaps on the fretboard. There’s the big slide up in R U Mine? where it isn’t such a big deal if you don’t hit it exactly. The really hard one is the 8th fret in bar 5. Cut that 1st fret note before it really short to give yourself some time to get up.

The trickiest bits for the strumming hand are the palm muting (i.e. lightly resting the underside of your hand on the string at the bridge to muffle the strings). In One for the Road and Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? I’m muting all the strings. In Do I Wanna Know? I’m trying my best to mute the C-string while letting the E- and A-strings ring. As you can hear in the video I don’t always pull it off. It’s hard to get right so there’s nothing wrong with playing this section without any muting at all.

Links

Fluorescent Adolescent tabs and chords
Despair in the Departure Lounge chrods

Friday Links

Last chance to order a Uke Hunt t-shirt. The minimum order has been passed so they’re definitely going to get made and shipped as soon as the pre-ordering is done.

Pictures

Light-box ukulele.
And that’s why you don’t play ukulele with a pick.
Martin found under a bed.

New Releases

Allo Darlin’s We Come from the Same Place.
Nicholas Abersold’s String Cheese.
Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings.

Learning

– Two new tab sites: Fingerstyle rules! (click on the letters on the right for the tabs) and the Spanish language Ukelatino.

Videos

1936 Harmonica & Uke: Percy Spouse + Sid Owen, Australia (Thanks to Ron Hale).

Ukulele chord changer – like the Chordmaster that Islanders used to have. You strap it to the neck, press a button and it’ll make a chord for you. I wouldn’t recommend it for most people but I know a guy with arthritis who uses a Chordmaster so worth checking out if you have those sort of problems.

The Smiths – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (Chords)

The Smiths – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (Tab)

I’ve written up a few Smiths songs in the past but there aren’t many Smiths songs that translate smoothly to the ukulele. This one is a rare exception. It’s a strumalong with some nice, jazzy chords.

Plus it’s been on a bunch of movie and TV soundtracks so people are bound to know it.

Suggested Strumming

It’s in 6/8 time so this strum should see you all the way through the song:

d – d u d –

When there are quicker chord changes just change half way through this pattern.

Twiddly Bits

Please, Please, Please (Outro Tab)

The song finishes up with a tremolo picked mandolin solo. You can do the same on ukulele if you like but I’ve gone with just picking each note once.


Outro

Links

Buy it on iTunes
More Smiths tabs and chords

The Swamp Whistler from Rayman Legends (Tab)


Christophe Héral – The Swamp Whistler (Tab)

There are a bunch of nice ukulele tunes on the Rayman Legends Soundtrack.

I got a request for this one and went with it because the whole thing is done with chords. That means you don’t have to be able to read tab to play this one. I’ve included all the chord charts you need above the tab.

Feel free to vary the strumming in the piece. That happens in the original and in my version.

Links

Buy it on iTunes
More game theme tabs

Pharrell Williams – Happy (Instrumental Tab)


Pharrell Williams – Happy (Tab)

To counteract yesterday’s gloomfest I decided to do a version of the most cheerful song of the summer. Plus I was feeling like a room without a roof so this is the smiliest I have looked in any video ever.

Technique Notes

For the most part I’m playing the verses and the middle picking and the chorus with strums.

In the chorus I’m using a triplet technique (although I’m not actually playing triplets) by strumming down with my index finger, then flicking my index finger up, then my middle finger up. But that’s very much optional. You can strum it however seems appropriate to you.

In the middle section I’m recreating the soul-claps by playing muted notes on the g-string.

Variations

In the tab I’ve just indicated to repeat the verse twice. Which you can certainly get away with. For my version I’ve done a few variations in the timing. The only big difference is the “No offence to you…” bit. There I play this:

Happy2

Making it Easier

This one is a bit tricky. So a couple of pointers for making it easier.

You can drop the harmony in the riff and just play it like this:

EasyRiff

The muted notes in the middle section are very tricky. So you can just drop those in that section and play it with just the sparse melody.

Links

Buy the original on iTunes
Ukulele chords for Happy

David Beckingham – Stardust (Tab)


David Beckingham – Startdust (Tab)

Another excellent contribution from David Beckingham. This time an arrangement of Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust. This one isn’t as tricky to play as most of his arrangements. So there’s plenty of room there for expressive playing.

Links

Buy the Nat King Cole version
David Beckingham on YouTube
More of David’s tabs

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