Heart-Shaped Box is probably my favourite Nirvana song so I guess it made sense that one day the time would come for me to butcher it on the ukulele.
3 chords will get you through the whole song – those chords are A, F and D. Just be aware that on the recording it’s tuned down half a step. The chords pretty much run in that order throughout the whole song (half a bar of A and F followed by a full bar of D) with only a couple of exceptions that I think you’ll be able to figure out for yourself.
I’ve tabbed out a really simple intro to help you break up the dynamic of the song a little…
You can check out that riff right here…
I almost never play the same pattern when I’m playing this song and it’s a great song to experiment with a few different patterns. To get you going I’d suggest going with pumping 8s like this…
So you’ll be playing 8 down strums per bar. This pattern should give you a bit of power which you need on a song like this.
To keep it interesting I’d also recommend looking at some chord inversions. So if you’re playing the A, F and D as open chords for the intro and verses, try switching to bar chords for the chorus.
That’s it. Happy strumming!