Ukulele Halloween – Ghostbusters (Duet)

Ghostbusters (Tab)

Duet Midi
Uke 1 Midi
Uke 2 Midi

This record is, as far as I remember, the third record I ever bought – after Chas ‘n’ Dave’s Snooker Loopy and Van Halen’s Why Can’t This Be Love (yeah, I was one of the cool kids). It might just be the nostalgia, but I can’t get enough of this song. Bustin’ does, indeed, make me feel good.

I’ve written this up as a duet, but I think it would sound great in a uke group/orchestra/ensemble. There are easy chords for the newbies, the riff for the intermediates and some fiddly bits for the show-offs.

The intro is the only spooky bit of the song and works well on its own as an atmospheric bit of music. You can play it all on the uke, with a bit of fiddling, like this:

ghostbusters intro tab ukulele

The riff that kicks in after this is a bit of cobble-together of the bass and the chords. It works well against straight chords and sounds great when the high riff joins in.

The trickiest section of the song is the ‘I ain’t afraid of no ghost’ section (and not just the need for turning a blind eye to double negatives). In some of the bars the chords change a beat before you’d expect them to – making them more difficult to keep track of. The synth riff also gets a bit tricky with the added harmony (bars 21 and 22). If you’ve got space on your uke, you might try playing it this way:

ghostbusters tab ukulele

I’ve put up midis of both the ukes individually so, even if you’re as lonely and smelly as I am, you can play along and make believe you have a friend. If you want to play along with the original, you’ll have to tune down by half a step.

One thing about this video passed the young, fresh-faced me by but has just shocked the living bejesus out of the old, haggered me. Near the end, there’s an appearance by a very young, very gawky Al Franken. Scary indeed.

Check out Sean Gordon’s version of Ghostbusters on the uke.

Suggested by West and Retrovertigo

Buy Ghostbusters Soundtrack

UPDATE: Ian did a fantastic version of this based on the tab.

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17 Comments

  1. West October 24th, 2007 9:38 pm

    Hehe! Excellent!

  2. Woodshed October 24th, 2007 9:42 pm

    Thanks. This one is A LOT of fun to play.

  3. Retrovertigo October 25th, 2007 6:59 am

    I’m having a blast with this one!

    Thanks Woodshed!

  4. Woodshed October 25th, 2007 8:16 pm

    You’re welcome, Retro. I had a blast tabbing it.

  5. Al Bruce April 9th, 2010 6:10 am

    Awesometacular!

  6. Woodshed April 9th, 2010 7:25 am

    Al: Thanks.

  7. Olivia May 6th, 2010 7:21 pm

    Have you got the full sheet of music for both ukulele tabs? Because i’m doing a show with a friend and we both have ukuleles so i thought it would be nice to play this as a duet :)

  8. Sukie September 30th, 2010 3:14 pm

    Hey — Old news, but — Al Franken is the junior senator from my state!

  9. Woodshed October 2nd, 2010 10:46 pm

    Sukie: Congratulations!

  10. Sno November 26th, 2010 6:41 pm

    This was such an exciting find! I can’t wait to start practicing!!! My duet partner is on guitar, I hope it still works :)

    Thank you!

  11. Woodshed November 27th, 2010 2:29 pm

    Sno: Good luck with it. I’m sure you’ll be able to work something out with the guitar.

  12. hannah March 14th, 2011 4:07 am

    I can play heaps

  13. ThomasGC October 12th, 2011 7:58 pm

    Video is blocked due to copyright :(

  14. Ross October 30th, 2011 11:57 pm

    Oddly, I just wrote an arrangement of Ghostbusters for my Uke. Then I googled it and found yours.

    They are very similar (actually, exactly the same for the main chord part!). But I do the ‘minor bit’ differently:

    -6–3——6–3- … —0-1-3—-
    —————- … ————
    -3–0——3–0- … ————
    -0–0——0–0- … ————

    I did it like that because you can really give a load of vibrato to the top note and make it sound big :)

    You did the ‘major’ melody better than me though! :)

  15. Iain November 13th, 2012 10:51 pm

    I got a bit carried away with this. Better late than never.

    http://youtu.be/TvXz64QYNqU

  16. Woodshed November 14th, 2012 6:34 am

    Iain: That’s fantastic! I’ve added it to the post.

  17. Iain November 14th, 2012 9:55 pm

    You’re too kind. Thanks as ever for putting the tabs up in the first place.

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