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Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

Somebody That I Used To Know

This song first came to my attention when I heard the amazing Walk Off The Earth version. The chorus is just so catchy and its got a great little riff. Let’s learn to play it on the ukulele …

This arrangement is inspired by Al’s version over at UkeHunt. You can find a longer version of it over there. If you are looking to learn a quick riff tho, keep reading.

What Are We Learning To Play?

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

Intro

This song would largely be considered a fingerpicking arrangement. There’s nothing too taxing going on. You need to assign your thumb, first and middle fingers to the C, E, A respectively. For extra help with fingerpicking, this post will guide you through everything you need to know.

A |----0------0---|----0------0---|----0------0---|----0------0---|
E |----1------0---|----1------0---|----1------0---|----1------0---|
C |-2--2-2-0--0-0-|-2--2-2-0--0-0-|-2--2-2-0--0-0-|-2--2-2-0--0-0-|
G |---------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|

Main Riff

It’s much of the same for the main riff running through the song. We are assigning the same fingers to the same strings. 

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

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