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” Iris ” By The Goo Goo Dolls – Ukulele Playalong With Chords And Lyrics
So here comes a song from the late 90's.
The Goo Goo Dolls
are a rock band, founded in Buffalo in 1986.
They were quite popular in the USA, but international superstardom came in 1998 with " Iris ".
John Rzeznik, the frontman of the band, wrote this song for the " City of Angels " soundtrack.
It was a top-ten hit and included on the triple-platinum album " Dizzy Up the Girl ".
Ukulele Chords And Lyrics On 2 Sheets ( PDF )
You can watch the video in HD if you click on the bottom right on " settings " and " 720p ".
This song is quite tricky. There're rhythmic changes and some unusual chords for a rock ballad.
So I would suggest it for intermediate and experienced players.
In the intro the meter changes between 3/4 and 2/4 beat.
The rest of the song is written in a 3/4 beat.
In the beginning I played an alternating down - up strumming.
For the rest of the song the strumming is like the original:
For a lot of players it's easier to play this strumming intuitively than to count the beats.
We tried to come close to the original.
On " Iris " Mr. Rzeznik plays an unusual open tuning on his guitar ( B D D D D D ).
Here're some notes to our video:
Bm is played in the intro 4 6 7 2 and in the rest 4 1 1 1 . The second one is easier if you make a barre over all strings ( with the 4th string included).
alternative fingerings are:
- thumb on the 4th string ( T 1 2 0 ) [ I play it this way in the video ]
- small barre on the 3th and 4th string with your forefinger ( 1 1 2 0 )
An alternative fingering is with a barre in the first fret ( 3 1 2 1 ). As I said with the Bm chord, it's easier if you make a barre over all strings ( with the 4th string included).
This song is not easy to play ( esp. when you sing too ), but it's woth learning it.
Here's a version with the lovely Avril Lavigne:
And here's another chart breaker, together with Elmo:
So we hope you like our playalong.
Feel free to leave a comment below and rock on.