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Blink 182 – The Rock Show

The Rock Show

I have always found Blink 182 lend themselves really well to the ukulele. When you strip away all the goofiness and silliness, they wrote some fantastic songs. That becomes very evident when you play them very minimally on just a four stringed ukulele. Let’s learn to play my favourite song of theirs, The Rock Show

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’m using a low G in my video arrangement for this song. If you only have a high G uke, I tabbed that out too. The trickiest part of this song is the hammer on and pull-offs at the end of the first riff. All you need to do is pluck the first note and use your middle finger to place onto the next note, then drag it off. It’s super important that your drag it, as that’s what creates the sound.

Low G Version

A |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
E |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
C |---------4-------2-------1---|---------4-------2-------1h2p1-|
G |-2-2-2-2-----2-2-----2-2---1-|-2-2-2-2-----2-2-----2-2-------|

High G Version

A |---------7-------5-------4---|---------7-------5-------4h5p4-|
E |-5-5-5-5-----5-5-----5-5---5-|-5-5-5-5-----5-5-----5-5-------|
C |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
G |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|


A |--0--------|-0--4/7-7-7-7-4-0-7--4-0--7-4------4-7-7-7---4-0---7-7-7-9-7-4-------|
E |--0-----x8-|-0-------------------------------------------------------------------|
C |--1--------|-1-----------------------------x2-------------------------------x2---|
G |--2--------|-2-------------------------------------------------------------------|

A |-0----7--5--4----0----7--5--4h5p4-|
E |-0----9--7--5----0----9--7--5-----|
C |----------------------------------|
G |----------------------------------|

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