View Full Version : pearl jam - nothingman

12-03-2010, 02:34 PM
just wondering if anyone can help me learn this song - it would really help to hear it played (on a uke) by someone. i'm able to play each chord but i don't understand the timing or strumming pattern (also unsure as to what -0.5 steps means) any help would be greatly appreciated - even if just the intro.

hers the link to the site im trying to learn it from


12-04-2010, 06:57 AM
Hi mplozzer, Great song BTW. It's in 3/4 time and there are actually 6 (8th note) beats per measure like a waltz. Counted like "ONE & ahh, TWO &ahh, THREE & ahh, fOUR & ahh, ONE... each of the counts is a DOWN strum, that's three of the six (8th note) beats per measure. The other three (8th note) beats per measure are the UP strums that you can chose to play or not.
I think the -0.5 is saying the original key is half a step (-) lower than the lead sheet. Meaning you can't play along with the recording, maybe done because Eddie's got a pretty low register so it's easier to sing, or maybe its easier to play in this key .
I'm not an expert, so tho's that are more knowledgeable can make corrections if needed.
If you can't make heads or tails out of my jibber jabber I'll do a short vid of how I would strum it. - d

12-04-2010, 12:36 PM
Here you go:


Let me know if that helps.

12-05-2010, 04:30 PM
just got back from a much needed surf wknd - thank you so much DAPuke & sesso - much appreciated, can't wait to go & play
i'm a complete beginner - so it may take me some time to learn but your advice & demo will help me so much - i'll let you know how it goes - cheers!

12-05-2010, 05:36 PM
I actually uploaded the wrong video. I made one of the entire song, but I deleted it. I'll try to do another tomorrow. Hope it helps.