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Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks - Ukulele Tabs

How to Play Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People on a Ukulele

This is one of them songs that has gone on to become legendary. When it got released in 2010 it was blasted in all the indie clubs in my hometown. It’s still getting played to this day. Let’s take a look at how to play Pumped Up Kicks on the ukulele. 
This song is super straightforward to play and is playable for any level of player. Below is a video of what we are learning to play.

How to play it

To give the riff a little bit more texture you can palm mute the strings. This is a technique often reserved for guitar players but its totally doable on a ukulele too.
It involves resting the palm of your plucking hand just after the bridge. We are dampening the sound of the strings. This means the notes don’t ring out as much.

ukulele tab

Not sure how to read these? Check out this guide and you will be learning these ukulele tabs in no time.

Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks - Ukulele tabs

This is part of a small project I’m working on. 30 days of learning new songs on the ukulele. You can check out all the other songs by clicking the link below.

The Basics

In this section, we will cover everything you need to know about starting to play the ukulele.