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    Default Tab Request: 99 Luftballons, Nena--riff

    I'm trying to figure out how to play the keyboard riff at 2:54 in "99 Luftballons" by Nena. Can I get another pair of ears on this?


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    Do you use a low g or high g 4th? I can look at it and see. I tend to play the song as a whole, so this would be what I would try to combine as a chord/solo note combo. Something like this...

    chord note note note chord note note .... chord note note note note note chord
    nine- ty nine zist(?) luft- ba- loons

    would that work for your version? What chords/key are you using?
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    I'm playing in G on standard GCEA tuning. I think a chord melody is a great idea, but I don't know which notes to play--can you help me?

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    I will do my best. Give me a little time to look at it. It's a fun song and should sound "funner" on the uke! =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demimondaine View Post
    I'm playing in G on standard GCEA tuning. I think a chord melody is a great idea, but I don't know which notes to play--can you help me?
    So the chords You are playing are - G Am C D ?
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    Yes, I am playing G Am C D.

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    Ok. I will have to transpose from original key to G. One more question, are you playing this song solo, or as part of a group. The solo performance lends itself to the combo of chords and notes better (fuller sound), but if you are tasked with playing this part only, while another player or group members play the melody/main parts, then a basic one note at a time kind of solo works better and will not step on any other parts. I will work on it this weekend. I figured out the standard tuning keyboard solo/lead this morning and it looks like it will transpose nicely with the chords you are using to be able to be played around the first few frets as a compliment to the chords! =) yay! I love the peppiness of this song too, it's perfect for the uke!
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    Thank you! I am playing it solo.

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    Here is the tab for the key lead at the end of this song as far as played simply one note at a time. The idea is to add these notes to the chording structure as you go, giving you a chord/fill effect. Some of the notes are already in the chord used at that point in the song, so that is a good place to sweep the chord down the strings, and add the fill notes in between. I will post an example of that next, but this should give you a good idea of how the notes pivot around the 1st three frets and open strings, just like the chords do. Since the 12the fret repeats, you could also play this at the 12th fret using the 12th fret as the open (0) notes. The original key lead is actually in that octave but in a lower key (played around the 10-12th frets I think), but since you are playing the song solo it would be best to play it this way...

    G.........Am...C........D.............G........Am. ..C.......D..........

    2-3---3-2-----333-3-3-2-0------2-3--3-2-----333-3-5-2-0----
    -----3-----3-0---------------3--------3----3-----------------3---
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    Last edited by KyMojo; 02-07-2017 at 02:15 AM.
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    :G::::::::::Am:::::::C::::::: D:::::::::::: G::::::::: Am:::::: C::::::: D::::::::
    -2--3—3----2---------3-33-3-3-2-0---------2--3—3---2---------3-33-3-5-2-0----
    -3----3------0-3-0----0-------2------3------3----3-----0--3-0---0-------2------33-
    -2-----------0---------0-------2--------------2----------0---------0-------2---------
    -------------2----------0-------2-------------------------2---------0-------2---------

    You could also end on the G chord (instead of just the last single note) for a big finish, since the songs ends abruptly on that note:

    :G::::::::::Am:::::::C::::::: D:::::::::::: G::::::::: Am:::::: C::::::: D::::::::
    -2--3—3----2---------3-33-3-3-2-0---------2--3—3--- 2-------- 3-33-3-5-2-0----2-!
    -3----3------0-3-0----0-------2------3------3----3-----0--3-0--- 0-------2------3-3-!
    -2-----------0---------0-------2--------------2----------0---------0-------2---------2-!
    -------------2---------0-------2------------------------- 2---------0-------2-----------
    Last edited by KyMojo; 02-08-2017 at 05:28 AM.
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