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Blondie – One Way Or Another

One Way Or Another

My first introduction to Blondie was during their second wave when they released Maria in 1999. It reached the number one spot in the UK charts, a position they hadn’t occupied in almost 2 decades. It wasn’t until my teen years that I delved into blondie some more and I discovered them to be one of the most prominent American punk/new-wave bands of the 80s. Let’s learn to play One Way Or Another on the 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

This riff has a driven fast-paced feel so its best to play it using an o shape in your hand. Press your thumb and first finger together and this is going to recreate a plectrum. If you don’t have long fingernails, don’t worry too much, but it will help you play if you can catch your nail for each pluck.

A |----------------------|---------------------------|
E |---5----5------5----5-|----5----5------5----------|
C |---6----6------6----6-|----6----6------6----------|
G |-7-7--7-7--7-7-7--7-7-|--7-7--7-7--7-7-7--7-6-5-4-|

A |----------------------|---------------------------|
E |---2----2------2----2-|----2----2------2----------|
C |---3----3------3----3-|----3----3------3----------|
G |-4-4--4-4--4-4-4--4-4-|--4-4--4-4--4-4-4--4-5-6-7-|

A |--------------------------|-----------------------------|
E |---5----5---5-7-5---7-5---|----5----5---5-7-5---5-4-3-2-|
C |---6--6-----------------6-|----6--6---------------------|
G |-7-7----------------------|--7-7------------------------|

A |--------------------------|-----------------------------|
E |---2----2---2-4-2---4-2---|----2----2---2-4-2---2-3-4-5-|
C |---3--3-----------------3-|----3--3---------------------|
G |-4-4----------------------|--4-4------------------------|

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