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Nirvana – All Apologies

All Apologies

Undoubtedly, this is in my top five Nirvana songs. I love their aggressive early stuff, but when they strip it back, they nail it every-time.  Kurt’s coarse and strained voice over that bass line is just perfect to me. Let’s learn to play it on a ukulele. I seem to be saying this often lately, but this is another one of those songs that sound great on a 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 opening 2 note chord sets us up very nicely for a full sounding riff. The arrangement is split into 3 parts. The main riff that’s mimicking the bass line. Then we have a little bit of the verse before finishing on the bridge of “in the sun, in the sun i feel as one”.

A|-----------------|----------3-3-1-0-|-----------------|----------5/7-7-5-3-|-
E|-0-0-1-0-3-3-1-0-|----0-1-0---------|-0-0-1-0-3-3-1-0-|----0-1-0-----------|-
C|-0---------------|------------------|-0---------------|--------------------|-
G|-----------------|------------------|-----------------|--------------------|-

A|-----------------|-7-5-------|-----------------7-5----------------------
E|-----------------|-----8-6---|---------------------8-6------------------
C|-4-4----4-5-7----|---------7-|-4-4----4-5-7------------7----7-7-5-4-2-0-
G|-----------------|-----------|------------------------------------------

A|--------------7----5-------------------------7----7-5----------5/7-5----
E|-5-6-8----5-8--------8-6--------5-6/3----5--------7-5----------5/7-5----
C|-------------------------7----7------------7----------------------------
G|------------------------------------------------------------------------

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