Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag (Tabs)

Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag (Tab)

Wheatus’s Teenage Dirtbag has become a bit of a uke favourite with the UOGB’s version. I haven’t entirely decided if it’s an irresistible earworm or an irritating song with terrible lyrics. But I did have fun playing it.

Intro: Muted strums on the g and C-strings, then extra emphasis on the E and A-strings.

Verse: One finger per string picking with a few supporting strums where there’s no melody.

Chorus: The first chorus is full on strumming. It finishes off with a bar of 2/4 then a little riff (that’s my favourite part of the song).

The second chorus in this arrangement (the third in the original) has constant thumb picking on the C-string while the melody notes are picked on the E and A.

Bridge: A bit of stretch up to the seventh fret here. But the big challenge is the “She doesn’t know…” bit which first crops up in bar 27. It gets pretty fiddly in the cramped higher frets.


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