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Ben Howard – Old Pine

Old Pine

I got the album that Old Pine is on after a friend introduced me to Ben Howard in 2012. It couldn’t have come a moment too soon. I found myself simply sitting in a room listening–doing nothing else, but enjoying the music floating over me. To be frank, I was astonished. I haven’t had an album impact me in that way for years. e’s been described as a folk musician, but there is so much variety in the tracks, his songs don’t fit neatly into any category. There are echoes of Fleetwood Mac, though the artist he reminds me of most is Damian Rice. If you want to be soothed, stimulated and moved, check out this album. Within a couple of plays, you’ll find the songs are lodged in your memory as if you’d known them forever.

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 would highly advise getting hold a low G ukulele to play this as effectively as possible. I love to play this song on the ukulele as it sounds so full. We are using every string and and lots of different techniques. For the fingerpicking i would assign your thumb to the G and C, and then your first finger to the E and middle to the A.

A|--------10--------8-------7-------5-|-
E|-----12--------10-------8-------7---|-
C|---0---------0--------0-------0-----|-
G|-0---------0--------0-------0-------|-

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

A|-10-8--7-5----10-8--7-5-3-5----|-10-8--12-10-15----17-------|-
E|-12-10-8-7----12-10-8-7-3-7----|-12-10-13-12-15----17-------|-
C|-------------------------------|----------------------------|-
G|-------------------------------|----------------------------|-

A|---------------------------------------------3---------------5----
E|---------3-------------------------3---0---0---0---0---0---0------
C|---4p2p0-----4p2p0-2p0-2p0---4p2p0-------0-------0-------0--------
G|-0---------0---------------0---------2---------------4------------

If you enjoyed this post, you may be interested to see my ukulele arrangement of the Every Kingdom album.

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