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Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock

Cherub Rock

I fell in love with Smashing Pumpkins after seeing the video for 1979 on Kerrang! way back when.  it wasn’t long before i had gotten a copy of Siamese Dream and was immediately awed by the fantastic guitar work on it. The pinnacle of it being Cherub Rock.

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 key to playing this well is to play it fast. Theres lots of notes going on so its super important to be in control of what we are playing. To achieve that, we can make it easier on ourselves by palm muting the strings and using our finger nail as a plectrum.

A |---7-7---7-7---7---7-7---7-7-7-|---7-7---7-7---7---7-7---7-7-7-|
E |-0-----0-----0---------0-------|-0-----0-----0---------0-------|
C |-------------------------------|-------------------------------| x2
G |-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

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

A |---7-7---7-7---7---7-7---7-7-7-|---7-7---7-7---7---7-7---7-7-7-|
E |-0-----0-----0---------0-------|-0-----0-----0---------0-------|
C |-------------------------------|-------------------------------| x2
G |-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

A |----10-10---10-10--10-10--10-10--10-10-10-|----14-14---14-14--14-14--14-14--14-14-14-|
E |--0-------0------0-------------0----------|--0-------0------0-------------0----------|
C |------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
G |------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|

A |-------------------------------------------------|
E |--------4h5p4--------------x2--------------------|
C |--6p4-4-------8--8-8-6p4-------2-2-2/9-9-9-9-9-9-|
G |-------------------------------------------------|

If you enjoyed this post, you may be interested to see my ukulele arrangement of the Siamese Dream album. 

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