Ain’t No Way ʻUkulele Chords by Malino

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Ain’t No Way is one of the standards of contemporary Hawaiian music. It is played on all of the local radio stations.

Malino is a fabulous example of the contemporary way ʻukulele has been incorporated into Jawaiian music as a lead and rhythm instrument. Vince Saures has a very unique style that seamlessly combines picking and strumming all into the same sound when playing with the band.

In this case he plays a traditional lead melody on the higher strings before dropping into some more syncopated strumming.

The intro is very simple. Be sure to use your 3rd finger for the first slide. This sets you up to finger the 3rd fret, A-string with your index finger so you can move up the string with your other fingers.

For the bass line at the end of the song I like to use a little bit of a palm mute and pick with my index finger. It just moves from the open G-string to A and then to C. Iʻd probably play it all on one string.

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Intro: (Keyboard plays C)
A|-----3-5-5/7\5-3-3h5p3-------------
E|-3/5-------------------5-3h5p3---3-
C|-------------------------------4---
G|-----------------------------------

A|-----3-5-5/7\5-3-3h5p3---3h5p3---3-
E|-3/5-------------------5-------5---
C|-----------------------------------
G|-----------------------------------

A|-----3-5-5/7\5-3-3h5p3-------------3---3---
E|-3/5-------------------5-3h5p3---3---3---3-
C|-------------------------------4-----------
G--------------------------------------------

A|-----3-5-5/7\5-3-5/7-3h5p3---3-
E|-3/5-----------------------5---
C|-------------------------------
G|-------------------------------

C
Sittin’ in the Laundromat, tryin’ to get clean. 

Twenty-five women, arrive on the scene. 

Chorus:
             F              
Ain’t no way baby
             C
Ain’t no way baby
             Dm
Ain’t no way baby
             C
Ain’t no way baby

   C       
Down in the valley, lookin’ for malino time

Lookin’ at my lady, singin’ that sorry line. 

Chorus>

Am/ G/ F/ G/ C

C     
Goin’ to the welfare, standin’ in line, 

The woman at the window, she won’t give me a dime.  

Chorus:
             F              
Ain’t no way baby
             C
Ain’t no way baby
             G/    Am/ G/             F/           G/  C
Ain’t no way baby,      no way you’re gonna get to me.
             Dm              
Ain’t no way baby
                           C
No way you’re gonna get to me

G/ Am/ G/ F/ G/ C

Solo/Outro: C

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