Final Fantasy IX – Ukulele de Chocobo

Ukulele de Chocobo (Chords)

Final Fantasy is one of those games that completely passed me by and I’ve never actually played any of the Police Academy sized oeuvre. What didn’t pass me by is the fact that ukuleles crop up in the ninth version of the game. Ukulele de Chocobo is the tune that starts playing every time you jump on board a Chocobo (like getting a piggy back from Big Bird). You can hear it in the game itself here. That clip also has Aloha de Chocobo – another uke tune which I’ll probably work out sometime.

I’ve written up the chords in tab form – to give you a better idea of where the changes come. In the original key, the melody goes a little too high for comfort on the uke:

Ukulele de Chocobo (Tab)

It’s much more comfortable if you shift it down five frets:

Ukulele de Chocobo (Tab in G)

If you want to play the accompaniment to this version, you’ll have to transpose the chords from C to G.

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  1. Emily February 3rd, 2008 6:20 pm

    I would definitely like to see more Final Fantasy tunes (and also game themes in general)!

    Thanks woodshed =D

    On the FF topic though, the sight of spira, to zanarkand and the last battle would be brilliant =)

    Keep up the good work. You make me enjoy playing the ukulele majorly.

  2. Jimmy February 3rd, 2008 9:20 pm

    Ah, so there is another game tune! As promised.

    Aye, Emily, those are great FF tunes (To Zanarkand is my favourite), but awfully hard to do.

  3. Woodshed February 4th, 2008 9:45 am

    I’ve had a quick go at Sight of Spira and To Zanarkand and put them in the rag bag. Neither are complete (or anywhere near it), but hope you enjoy them all the same. I might do them out in full some time.

  4. p9000 February 4th, 2008 6:55 pm

    One of my fave uke tunes, tho’ I never played the game.

    I’m working on the transcription to the theme music from the game “Diablo,” another great one. It’s as good as “Zelda…” I’ll let ya know how it goes.

    thanks!

  5. Woodshed February 4th, 2008 9:45 pm

    Yeah, let me know if you come up with an arrangement of it. I’ve checked out a piano version of it on YouTube. Good luck!

  6. Joe February 26th, 2008 5:11 pm

    okay i dont if this comment is ever going to get read by you, Al.

    But… I have developed a love for this song.

    1) Are there any other songs you recommend like it

    2)What is the sound tat crops up every repeat, is it chocobo sqwawking?

    I would love a wav of it and have been searching the internet but no such luck.

    Thanks

  7. Woodshed February 26th, 2008 9:05 pm

    1) There are a load of tunes from the same game (a whole page of midis of them here. The tune is done in a Hawaiian style. So you might like to check out some Hawaiian music.

    2) I think that’s a pretty safe bet.

    Check your inbox ;)

  8. Sharpen January 18th, 2009 7:41 am

    Hey I made a tutorial for this song on youtube using the tabs here :D Check it out Woody ^^

    P.S There is two parts

  9. Sharpen January 18th, 2009 8:07 am

    oh my gosh! In the video i’v been constantly saying uketab, uketab uketab. But i’m been meaning to say Ukehunt! ukehunt, ukehunt. My fault entirely lol. So sorry ukehunt D:

  10. Woodshed January 18th, 2009 12:00 pm

    Sharpen: No worries. Nice work.

  11. Conan House October 23rd, 2009 7:13 pm

    This is awesome! Love the games, LOVE this tune! You’ve made my life so much better! Thanks

  12. Woodshed October 25th, 2009 1:59 pm

    Conan: Happy to help.

  13. Kanee September 10th, 2010 4:47 pm

    I’m kind of a beginner so I don’t understand those notes :( Any way to help?

  14. Woodshed September 14th, 2010 11:30 am

    Kanee: There’s a guide to reading tabs here.

  15. Erkle October 4th, 2010 2:28 am

    your video has been removed due to terms of use violations, care to upload your recording of it :)

  16. Woodshed October 5th, 2010 11:53 am

    Erkle: I’ve actually been thinking about doing a video for Aloha de Chocobo which, weirdly, works a lot better on the ukulele.

  17. Kanee December 2nd, 2010 10:37 am

    I’m back. I can not find a a strum pattern that sounds good for me. What’s the strumming pattern you suggest?

  18. melodus February 13th, 2011 5:28 pm

    if there is anyone i could adress to, i’d like to thank him for these partitures and especially the handy chords schemes, there very practical, easy to understand and correct as hell!
    mighty fine i says!

  19. Woodshed February 17th, 2011 11:20 am

    melodus: Thanks! You can contact me here.

  20. Joe April 16th, 2011 5:09 am

    my uke seems to be too small for the melody part i think i only have 12 frets on my uke, is there any other way to play this?

  21. george November 16th, 2011 11:38 pm

    booo on the youtube video being down ;_;

  22. katy November 5th, 2013 1:21 pm

    one of my fave game tunes, gotta practice now… thanks for the tab.

    can i request you to make the picking pattern for the song “out of my league” by stephen speaks because im having trouble figuring it out. thanks and more power. :)

  23. Woodshed November 6th, 2013 6:07 am

    katy: Thanks! Good luck with the practicing.

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