Portishead – The Rip (tab)
Quite possible my favourite track from the fantastic new Portishead album and one that sounds great on a uke tuned with low G. I love it’s simplicity and the sorrowful mood that it generates. The video is almost as fantastic as the song, we need more old skool animation, sod the fancy pants cgi stuff.
This is a really great song to play if you’re new to finger picking as the pattern is simple and is the same through the whole song. The eight bar melody is repeated throughout, the first four bars are in the key of C and the second four in G.
When the synth comes in and it gets a little more intense you could try lightly strumming the chords using your thumb to strum down once and then your pointer finger to strum up, down, up, repeat 4 times for each bar.