Saturday, March 8, 2008

How to play Plenty More by the Squirrel Nut Zippers

Alright I decided to do a video on how to play one of my favorite songs from a while back, Plenty More by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Originally the song is played on banjo, but it's not such a stretch to play it on the ukulele.



Parts of the video:
0 - intro, tuning, chords
1:25 - timing of the chord switches
2:03 - strumming pattern
2:35 - first verse of chords with voice
3:40 - fingerpicking demonstration (slow motion and regular)

There are only 4 chords in the song: A#, F, A, and G. The version I do has a very simple strumming pattern (strum up then hit down, with a slow rhythm). The timing of the chord switches is a bit more complicated. If each loop is one up strum and a hit, this is how many loops each chord is played for:

A# - 4 ("they may walk hand...")
F - 4 ("like lovers through the...")
A# - 4 ("selecting leather goods..")
F - 4 ("pretending that they...")
A# - 1 ("All the")
A - 1 ("boys are")
F - 2 ("monsters")
A# - 1 ("All the")
A - 1 ("girls are")
G - 4 ("whores")
A# - 4 ("so when you lose...")
F - 4 ("there's always plenty more")

Plenty More Chords

I also included the fingerpicking part of the song. I play it through very slowly, hopefully it is possible to tell where my fingers are and which string is being plucked.

3 Comments:

B H said...

I don't know if you simplified this for beginners, but more accurate chords would be

| Bb6 / / / | / / C7 / | F6 / / / | / / / / |
Bb6 / / / | / / C7 / | F6 / / / | / / A7 / |
| Dm / A7 / | Dm / / / | Bb7 / A7 / | G7 / / / |
| Bb6 / / / | / / C7 / | F6 / / / | / / / / |


(Where each chord name and / get one beat.)

Viagra Online said...

thank you so much for these chords, I was trying to find them. I will try to play them and see if they are correct, if not I will use B H alternative chords

Octavian said...

BH's are the right ones, thanks!