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Gorillaz – 19-2000

19-2000

This song translates very well to the uke. It a great exercise as we are using many techniques to play it effectively. Let’s crack on a learn to play these Gorillaz ukulele tabs.
 
Interestingly, this was actually one of the first songs I learnt to play on the uke. Me and my band Bud Sugar uploaded a video of us playing it during the early days of the band.

What Are We Learning To Play?

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

Although there are heaps going on for this arrangement. Once we break it down, it becomes very simple. Firstly we have chords, Strum them with downstrokes twice for each section.
 
Next up is the pull-off lick. That’s the “p” that is placed between two numbers. You need to use your first finger for all the beginning notes. Pluck the string and drag your finger off the string to reveal the open note. It’s super important that you only pluck once.
 
After you have performed the pull off. The next note is always an open note. Its played quickly after the pull-off. 
 
Then you need to use your ring or pinky finger for the notes that are higher up on the fretboard.
A |-2-2--5p0---10-5----|-0-0--3p0---8-3----|
E |-3-3------0---------|-1-1------0--------|
C |-2-2----------------|-0-0---------------|
G |-0-0----------------|-2-2---------------|

A |-3-3---------------|-2-2--3p0---10-5----|
E |-0-0--3p0-0-8-3----|-3-3------0---------|
C |-0-0---------------|-2-2----------------|
G |-0-0---------------|-0-0----------------|

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