If you tried to get on to the blog earlier, you might have been turned away at the door. I was up to some back stage technically jiggery-pokery (if you notice any strange goings on, let me know). I didn’t break the entire internet, so it went better than expected. So well, I’ve decided to tempt fate and spruce up the front of house as well. That might mean the blog will be down occasionally over the next few days. Or it might mean I click the wrong thing and send Western capitalism spiraling into turmoil.
Anyhoo, on to this Sunday’s theme tune. The Batman theme is an absolute classic. It was a bit hit amongst the surf crowd and was covered by The Ventures and Link Wray along with many others.
When I decided to have a go at this tune, I was a bit surprised not to find any versions of it for uke. A YouTube search only came up with Jacob Borshard’s hilarious Bryan Adams parody. The tune fits nicely on the uke.
The basis of the song is a simple I – IV – V progression; G – C – D. Each bar starts with a fifth chord. Then the fifth note shifts down and back up again. The strumming is just up, down, up, down the whole way through.
There are a couple of tricky parts. Firstly, moving from G to D. Secondly, the high chord at the end. I wasn’t quite sure what to use for the final chord. In the end I just went with something high and fairly discordant. If you don’t want to mess with that, a G5 chord at the end works just fine.
This version is half a step lower than the original. So if you want to play it in the original key, use a capo on the first fret.