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The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary

She Sells Sanctuary

Not only is this song one of the most recognisable songs of the 80s. It’s also a staple of my childhood due to it been a part of the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack. Honestly, I discovered so much amazing music from those games. Let’s learn to play it 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

To keep it in the same key as the original it requires some pretty uncomfortable stretching and the use of a low G ukulele. So I have included a version of the song that’s transposed down a whole note. This way it’s the open C string that is driving the rhythm. Which means we don’t need to do any stretching at all.

A |---12--10--9----------------------------------|
E |---------------10-----8---10-----8---10-------|
C |-----------------------------------------9----|
G |-7---7---7---7------7---7------7---7---7------|

A |---12--10--14---12------10--12-----10--12--17---|
E |------------------------------------------------|
C |------------------------------------------------|
G |-7---7---7---7--------7---7------7---7---7------|

A |---------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E |-5-5-5-3-3-3-2-2-2---------------|-----------------3-2------------|
C |-------------------2-2-2-0-0-2-2-|-0-0-0-2-2-2---------2---2---2--|
G |---------------------------------|-------------2-2----------------|


Easy Version

A |---10--8---7---------------------------------|
E |---------------8------6---8------6---8----3--|
C |-0---0---0---0------0---0------0---0---0-----|
G |---------------------------------------------|

A |---10--8---12--10-----8---10-----8---10--17--|
E |---------------------------------------------|
C |-0---0---0---0------0---0------0---0---0-----|
G |---------------------------------------------|

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