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Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing

Sultans of Swing

Mark Knopfler is considered one of the greatest of all time on the six-string and this song is a prime example of why. I love songs like this, jangly guitar work littered throughout the song. Let’s learn to play the intro to Sultans Of Swing 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

The chords to intro have a very unusual skank to them. It’s one of those where you need to listen along to the song to get the timing absolutely perfect. The ( x ) on the tab means you need “chuck” the strings. That means muted them by lifting up your fretting fingers and strumming the strings. This will create a percussive sound.

A |-5--x--5-5--5-|-5---5---3-3-3/5--x--5-5--5-|
E |-5--x--5-5--5-|-5---5---4-4-4/5--x--5-5--5-|
C |-5--x--5-5--5-|-5---5---3-3-3/5--x--5-5--5-|
G |-7--x---------|-7---7---5-5-5/7--x---------|

A |------5-----8-5---------12-15-12------7h8p7/5---|
E |--3/5------5----------13--------13--------------|
C |----------5---------14--------------------------|
G |------------------------------------------------|

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