Monday, June 16, 2008

How to play The Penalty by Beirut

Along with the several requests on YouTube for this song, weekly poll #5 showed me one important thing: Ukulala visitors are ravenous, salivating, Beirut-hungry dogs. They just can't get enough Beirut. And thank goodness, 'cause I'm not going to stop making Beirut videos anytime soon. If you haven't heard it yet, now is the time to check out The Penalty.

The ukulele chords I used can be found here on ukulelehunt.com.

Here's my tutorial video:



Video Breakdown:

0:00 Intro, Tuning
0:22 Chords (C, e/C, Em, F, G for simple version, add C(alt) and Fadd9 for advanced version. Click on the chord links below for pictures of the fingering)
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1:15 Strumming pattern (12 beat loop described below)
3:03 Strumming example
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3:28 Chorder Intro
3:43 Intro: Simple version
(C, e/C, Em, F) (F, e/C, Em, F)
4:49 Intro: Advanced version
(C, e/C, Em, C(alt)->F) (F->Fadd9, e/C, Em, F->Fadd9)
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6:15 First verse Part 1 (F, e/C, Em, F->Fadd9) times 2
7:29 First verse Part 2 (G, C, F, C) times 2
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7:58 Middle (same as Intro, but starts at F)
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8:19 Verse 2 (same as verse 1, more loops of G, C, F, C)
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8:51 Demonstration of Intro/Verse 1

Chords:
C
e/C
C(alt)
Em
F
Fadd9
G

Strumming Pattern:
The strumming pattern follows a twelve-beat loop, where each beat is an up or a down strum. The up and down strums (your hand) should move at a regular pace. The strums to emphasize (play louder) are bolded.

1) down
2) miss up
3) miss down
4) up
5) down
6) miss up
7) down
8) miss up
9) down
10) up
11) down
12) up
(switch chord and repeat)

Chorder:
Each block in the table below represents one loop of 12 beats, as described above. For the most part, the strumming pattern is exactly the same throughout the whole song.

The song is divided into several parts:
1) Intro
2) First verse part 1
3) First verse part 2 (loops GCFC)
4) Middle (same as intro, but starts with F instead of C)
5) Second verse part 1 (same as first verse part 1)
6) Second verse part 2 (loops GCFC)

Intro
For the simple version, play just F instead of C(alt)->F and just F instead of F,Fadd9.

Ce/CEmC(alt)->F
F,Fadd9e/CEmC(alt)->F

Verse 1

For the simple version, play just F instead of F,Fadd9.

F,Fadd9
like
e/C
day
Em
I
F
trial
F,Fadd9
let
e/C
-way
Em
once
F
island
G IC
stay
F IC
-lieved
G
left
C
light
F
-ways
C
season

Middle (same as Intro, but starts with F)

For the simple version, play just F instead of C(alt)->F and just F instead of F,Fadd9.

Fe/CEmC(alt)->F
F,Fadd9e/CEmC(alt)->F

Verse 2

For the simple version, play just F instead of F,Fadd9.


F,Fadd9
impossible
e/C
night
Em
crowd
F
home-
F,Fadd9
fully
e/C
you'll
Em
leave
F
light
G
family
C
wait
F
keep
C
breathing
G
get
C
day
F
find
C
kneeling
G
let
C
may
F
they
C
reason
G
left
C
light
F
-ways
C
season
GCFC
GCFC

If you have questions or find mistakes, let me know and I'll answer whatever I can or update this to reflect any issues.

Word. The Penalty is an awesome song.

12 Comments:

Perro Callejero said...

thanks a lot God Bless you

flo said...

a very good explained tutorial.
easy to understand and nice voice :)

thank you

Melissa Crosetto said...

this was great. the strumming was the hardest part to get down and finally there was an explanation! thanks a lot!

p.s.
this is my favorite beirut song

Spooky said...

great job great help thaank you sooo much!

kdomingo said...

I'm planning to buy a Uke and this inspired me!

Thanks for sharing! nice blog! Cute design!

Keep it up!

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