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Arcade Fire – Tunnels

Tunnels

Arcade fire is an incredible band, There is no other way about it. This is a band that shows their talent in abundance, and it’s evident from the very beginning. I first stumbled across them while watching a Reading + Leeds 2007 highlights show on the BBC red button. I was in awe, the sun was setting, the sky was red and the music was magical. I had their album downloading straight away. Very rarely does a band’s live show and records match so well but these guys are the real deal. Let’s learn to play the opener from their sublime Funeral album Neighbourhood #1 ( Tunnels ) on a ukulele.

What Are We Learning To Play?

Below is a video of what you will be able to play by the end of this post. 

Ukulele Tabs

I have included the most prominent parts of the song in this arrangement. I found it useful to barre the 5th fret for the majority of this. Then use your remaining fingers to hit all the other notes. 

A|-8------8-10-7-8----12-10-8-10-8----------8-|-------7-8-7----------7-8-7----10-12-15-12-10---- 
E|--------------------------------------5-8---|---5-8------------5-8----------------------------
C|---5--------------------------------5-------|-5--------------5--------------------------------
G|--------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
play this part softly This is the main riff

A|-------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------
E|---0/8-------------------------|-8-------8-------------------8-------8----------------
C|-5-----4-5----5-4-2----4-5-2-0-|---9-7-9---9-7-9-7-9-10-9------9-7-9---9-7-9-7-9-10-9-
G|-------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------
Vocal Line Violin Part

Chords

A|-0----|-0-------0-|-0-------0-|-0----0----1-|-0-------0----
E|-1----|-1-------0-|-1-------0-|-1----1----1-|-1-------0----
C|-0----|-0-------0-|-0-------0-|-2----0----2-|-0-------0----
G|-2----|-2-------2-|-2-------2-|-2----2----3-|-2-------2----

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