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Print the Lyrics and Chords for "Waiting in Vain" (link)
Download the TAB for all 4 Picking Parts:
Waiting In Vain - Picking 1 (Intro)
Waiting In Vain - Picking 2 (Palm Muted)
Waiting In Vain - Picking 3 (Counter Melody)
Waiting In Vain - Picking 4 (Main Solo)
Many of you asking and waiting patiently for another Bob Marley song and this one, well this one my friends, is something very special. It's Bob's ever popular, "Waiting in Vain" - a deceptively simple song that everyone tends to play in the key of G, but the actual recording by Bob Marley and the Wailers is in the key of G#. So, being true music fans, we've brought you the chords, strumming, and (4 different) picking patterns that you can play on this song, so you can level up your ukulele skills, challenge yourself to become a better player, and jam along with the greatest reggae artist of all time.
For the chords, all of them are bar chords, so if you're having trouble holding them, be sure to check out the Uke Minute on How to Hold Bar Chords (& for a really in-depth discussion on how to hold a bar chord, check out Ukulele 101 - Week 7, where Aldrine discusses every possible troubleshooting tip to help you hold those bar chords cleanly).
For the strumming, check out the Uke Minutes episodes on Advanced Reggae Strumming (Part 1 and Part 2) and Hammer-On Chords. And for the picking ... just take it slowly and practice, practice, practice 🙂
Hope you have a wonderful month, keep strumming that uke of yours and as always, if you have any questions, be sure to let us know!