Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye – Ukulele Lesson

This song was a massive hit for Gotye back in 2011 topping both the UK and US charts, none of that matters though if you live in my house, because my wife cannot stand this song (mostly because of the video).

3 chords will see you through this song and there’s really only 2 sections that you need to get to grips with.

The Chords

For the verses you’ll only be using Dm and C – repeating half a bar of each throughout.

Gotye Ukulele Chords

The chorus is a slight variation on this using the following pattern… Dm C Bb C.

The Rhythm

The Rhythm is exactly the same for the verses and the chorus and follows this pattern…


Essentially you’re just repeating Down, Down Up twice per bar.

Playing that throughout will sound fine but to take it further hit the 3rd and 4th strings only on beats 2 and 4 of each bar which will sound something like this for the verse…

If you really want to take it further then try picking out individual notes from the chords. Have a listen to the song and see what you can do with it. It would actually make a great song to start trying out some fingerpicking patterns with,

That’s pretty much it. I’ll record a video tutorial for this one when I get time!


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