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Smashing Pumpkins – Zero

It’s rare that a band like Smashing Pumpkins come along. They seem to defy the idea of genre as it’s almost impossible to pinpoint exactly what their sound is. Billy Corgan is an exceptional musician and he knows how to write a riff or two. Let’s learn to play Zero 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

I am palm muting this arrangement to give it abit more character. I also find that using my palm to “mute” the notes gives me a lot more control of the rhythm.

A |----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
E |-8/7--7/4-------8-8/7--7/4--------|-8/7--7/4-------8-8/7--7/4--------|
C |----------4-4-4------------4-4-4--|----------4-4-4------------4-4-4--|
G |----------------------------------|----------------------------------|

A |-7-----9-----7-----10----9-9-9-9-|-7-----9-----7-----10----9/12-12-12-12-|
E |---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---------|---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---------------|
C |---------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
G |---------------------------------|---------------------------------------|

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

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