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Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Starting’ Somethin’

Wanna Be Starting' Somethin'

A tortured soul who ultimately led a turbulent, complicated and questionable life. When it comes to music and songwriting ability, theres none quite like Michael Jackson. He released one of the greatest albums of all time with almost all the songs on it been released as number one singles. One of my favourites has an unforgettable groove and something fantastic guitar work. Let’s learn to play Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’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

This song is super snappy so to help us control the notes a little bit more, we are going to be palm muting them. It means cradling your plucking hand and resting the palm of it on the strings near the bridge. It’s going to soften the sound and make it ring out less. It allows us to have better control over the rhythm. You can lift it off when it comes to playing the vocal line.

A |-5---7---5---7----|
E |-2---4---2---4----|
C |-2---4---2---4----|
G |-2---4---2---4----|

A|------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------2-4-5-5-4-2-5-
E|-------------4------------------------4---------|-------------4--------------------------------------
C|-2-2--2-4------4-6-6-4----2-2--2-2------4-6-6-4-|-2-2--2-4------4-6-6-4----2-2--2-2------------------
G|------------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------------

A|-5-5-5-5-5-7-7-7-9----5----5-5-5-5-7-7-7-5------5-5-5-7-7-7-9----5----5-5-5-7-9-12-11-7-
E|-------------------------------------------7--------------------------------------------
C|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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