Burning House

Burning House

Another song that I had never heard until somebody on here suggested it to me. I jumped over to YouTube and see it got 50,000,000 views. I press play and I’m exposed to one of the most beautiful acoustic guitar riffs I have ever heard. It sounds equally good on the ukulele too so let’s learn to play Burning House.

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 love this tune as it’s accessible for all levels of player. The open notes are what really drive it and we have a lot of them. Start by playing your ring finger on the 7th fret of the A. Each time you go down a fret, you want to go down a finger too. So your middle finger on the 5th and your first finger on the 3rd. Then slide your first finger to 2nd fret and perform the hammer-on with your middle finger.

For the majority of the fingerpicking in the song, you want to assign one finger per string. Use your thumb for the C string and then follow down naturally. There’s a part in the 4th measure where you pick the top 3 strings, the same finger positions apply.

A |-7-------5---------3-------2h3p2p0-----0--0-----0-----0-----0-|
E |-----0-------0-------0--------------3--1----1-----1-----1-----|
C |-------0-------0-------0------------4---------0-----0-----0---|
G |--------------------------------------------------------------|

A |-7-------5---------3-------2h3p2p0--0-3-2--2-----2-----2-----2-|
E |-----0-------0-------0--------------1-5-3----3-----3-----3-----|
C |-------0-------0-------0-----------------------0-----0-----0---|
G |---------------------------------------------------------------|

A |-7-------5---------2--3--0---0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----|
E |-----0-------0-----3--5--1-----1-----1-----1-----1-----1---|
C |-------0-------0-----------------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|
G |-----------------------------------------------------------|

A |------------------------------------3p2--2-----2-----2-----2-----|
E |-3-----3-----3-----3-----3------1p0--------3-----3-----3-----3---|
C |---0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----------------0-----0-----0-----0-|
G |-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----------------------------------|