I figured it was high time that I got around to doing a Nirvana tutorial on the ukulele and this seemed like as good a starting point as any.
This is probably the easiest song to play that I’ve recorded to date so if you’re a complete newbie then this is a pretty good starting point for you.
The original chords are E, D and A and it sounds like it’s tuned down half a step. To make things easier on you I’ve transposed it so that we’ll be using A, G and D to avoid playing the E chord which is quite frankly, a pain in the ass to play on the uke.
The verses follow this pattern…
A | G | D | D
Playing that through 4 times before you get to the chorus…
Slightly different from the verses using this pattern…
A | G | A | G | A | G | D
The Rhythm/Strumming Pattern
Keeping this one nice and simple I like to use the good old down down up up down up strumming pattern. If you’re not already familiar with this pattern then now is a good time to get it nailed down as you’re going to be seeing a lot of it in the future.
That rhythm will comfortably get you through the song. Feel free to mix it up a bit though to keep the song dynamic sounding interesting.