Too Good At Goodbyes – Sam Smith Fingerstyle Ukulele Lesson

I recently spotted this rather brilliant solo fingerstyle arrangement of Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes on Youtube…

I got in touch with Alissa (you should definitely check out her channel btw) and asked if she’d be willing to let me post her fantastic arrangement here and she very kindly agreed.

Too Good At Goodbyes Tab

Although this arrangement is for ukuleles strung with a low G, Alissa doesn’t actually use the low G very much at all. You can get a pretty good version going by just omitting the notes that occur on the low G and it should sound pretty good. So if your ukulele isn’t strung with a low G, don’t let that put you off.

Too Good At Goodbyes Sam Smith Ukulele

Generally it isn’t too tricky to play, the timing is quite kind and you don’t have to leave first position to get through the entire song. The beauty of Alissa’s arrangement though is the percussion that she adds in, it’s a nice touch and really help to keep the song ticking over.

Alissa actually recommends learning the song without the percussive beats to begin with and then adding them in once it becomes a little more familiar.

Once you are ready to add the percussive beats, Alissa does a great job of explaining exactly how to play them in the video above – essentially she hits the low G string with her thumb and strums down with her middle finger at the same time. That’s going to take a little practice if it’s a new concept to you, but as I always say – start slowly and build once you get comfortable.

To get the full version of the tab, hit the button below…

Too Good at Goodbyes Tab PDF


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3 thoughts on “Too Good At Goodbyes – Sam Smith Fingerstyle Ukulele Lesson

  1. I love this tab! It’s is easy to play and really fun as well! The song Ian amazing! I would love more of these!

  2. I don’t really understand how Alissa does the percussion. Which strings does she strum exactly? The second, third and fourth? Or does it vary? If she strums three strings then why is there only a percussion sound and not more? I am confused…

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