If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you might know that I’m a big fan of David Lawson (AKA Sawlon) and his brilliant solo ukulele arrangements.
I’m really pleased to say that David has very kindly agreed to let me post his fantastic solo ukulele arrangement tab for The Scientist by Coldplay.
Now it has to be said, I’m not a huge Coldplay fan but I really like this arrangement. It works so well on solo ukulele. I particularly like the way that the melody rings out and the way David handles the transition from strumming to fingerpicking so smoothly.
Here’s David playing through the arrangement…
Ideal for intermediate players
One of the reasons that I like this arrangement so much is that it’s challenging without being overly difficult. I think it’s an ideal arrangement for what I would call an intermediate player. The chords aren’t difficult and the timing is incredibly kind – it’s essentially just eighth notes throughout the song. It’s really just a matter of getting the pattern down.
As with pretty much every piece of music that you’re trying to learn, I’d recommend playing it slow and keeping it steady initially before you bring it up to speed. Only when you can play it through keeping the same tempo throughout should you speed up.
More fingerstyle tabs
If you liked this arrangement then you might want to check out some of David’s other arrangements. For a donation of $25 you can grab over 150 of David’s ukulele tabs (which works out at around 16 cents a tab).
(See the donate button at the bottom right of the page on David’s site)