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Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)

Seasons (Waiting On You)

I first saw these guys perform on the Glastonbury highlights a few years ago. I was awed by the lead singer, Samuel T. Herring, and his stage presence. He has boundless energy and its just so captivating to watch him in action.
 
Today we are learning to play Seasons (Waiting On You) on the ukulele. We are strumming the chords to this song with a few accented notes.

What Are We Learning To Play?

Below is a video of what you will be able to play by the end of this post. 

Future Islands Ukulele Tabs

From looking at the tabs, you might think that this song is just a load of chords. While that’s kind of true, you may also notice some bolded notes. That’s the melody and we are going to be picking that out while strumming.
 
The idea is to emphasize or bring attention to them notes when you strum the chords. It takes some extra control but mastering that skill does bring a lot of flavour to your ukulele playing.
A |-3------3-3-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-|-3---3-3---3-3--5--5-5---5-5-|
E |-3--3---3-3-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-|-3---3-3---3-3--3--3-3---3-3-|
C |-3------3-3-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-|-3---3-3---3-3--3--3-3---3-3-|
G |-3------3-3-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-|-3---3-3---3-3--3--3-3---3-3-|

A |-3------3-3-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-|-----------------------------|
E |-6------6-6-6-6-6-6-6---6-6-|-6---6-6---6-6--5--5-5---5-5-|
C |-5--5---5-5-5-5-5-5-5---5-5-|-5---5-5---5-5--5--5-5---5-5-|
G |-3------3-3-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-|-3---3-3---3-3--3--3-3---3-3-|

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