Indiana Jones Theme (Tab)

Indiana Jones Theme (Tab)

Before we get down to business, James Hill’s new website/ezine Ukulele, Yes! is up and running. I still haven’t managed to successfully sign up for the ezine itself, but it looks like it’s all online anyway. A bunch of good stuff in the first issue including an interview with Peter Luongo, , an arrangement of Rattle on the Stovepipe (splatters and squiggles only) and an article by John Kavanagh about me (there might be something about Ragtime in there as well).

With the new Indiana Jones film coming out and a couple of requests for it, I thought I’d take a stab at arranging it for the uke. To be honest, I didn’t think it would work on the uke. I’ve been trying to do a decent arrangement of Star Wars for the uke but haven’t come up with anything good enough. The Indiana Jones theme is similarly epic, John Williams stuff. But, with a bit of jumping around and finger twisting, it works pretty well. Make sure you let as many notes ring into each other as you can to get a extra sound out of it.


There’s a simplified version of this tab here

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  1. Howlin' Hobbit June 1st, 2008 3:52 pm

    Great article by Mr. Kavanagh. Reinforced a couple things for me (especially the general “format” of rags).

    I got hold of a copy of Rigk Sauer’s arrangement of The Entertainer and have learned it. (Not smooth yet, but memorized.) It’s great but he completely left out the third part. Once I get it smoothed out I’m going to work on figuring out the third part and/or convincing one of you tab wizards to have a go at it. I like how it sounds but the incompleteness bugs me.

  2. n0s0ap June 2nd, 2008 4:55 pm

    Very nice. Check out my version ( and ukeduke’s way better version (

  3. Woodshed June 2nd, 2008 9:53 pm

    Hobbit: I haven’t seen Rick’s version of it. Is it in a different key to the tab I did of Brian Hefferan’s version?

    n0s0ap: Thanks for the links. Cool version you’ve got going on. And the hat just makes it even better.

  4. Howlin' Hobbit June 3rd, 2008 2:09 am

    Rigk’s version is in Bb. I believe the 3rd part follows the ragtime convention (as mentioned in John’s article) of changing key but I’m not sure and further, don’t know the key that it would be in if it does.

    I can hear it in my head (when the voices don’t drown it out ;-) ) but don’t have the ear to know what key it’s in.

  5. Lee June 3rd, 2008 11:55 am

    I have a wool fedora I like to wear to satisfy the “Wear a hat while Ukeing” rule, so to say that learning this excites me is an understatement. I am determined to nail this one!

    Thanks for all you do here, Woodshed. You have helped a newb like myself tremendously.

  6. Woodshed June 3rd, 2008 7:08 pm

    Hobbit: I’ll have to take a look over it again sometime.

    Lee: You’re very welcome.

  7. Ariana June 19th, 2008 12:38 am

    I don’t know where else to ask this. I couldn’t find the answer on my own, but are the tabs on this site for soprano uke or bari uke?

    I may just be daft.

  8. Woodshed June 19th, 2008 6:49 am

    They’re for soprano (or any other reentrant ukulele) unless it says otherwise.

  9. gabriella duenas July 6th, 2008 11:25 am

    its awesome!
    but i never watched the movie and i really wanted too…….
    and it is really really so wonderful its cool…

  10. Woodshed July 6th, 2008 10:38 pm

    You really should watch the early movies. They’re classics. I haven’t seen the new one yet – that’s supposed to be terrible.

  11. irispwns October 22nd, 2008 4:33 am

    hehehe i remember when i was in band we played this. classic. i’d love to play this on the uke<33

  12. Woodshed October 22nd, 2008 6:48 pm

    irispwns: Definitely a classic.

  13. John black December 30th, 2008 11:24 am

    Im new here so i dont know all. So how to read that tab, when i press that red link only opens loading window, and whick program can open this tab?

  14. Donnie Bubbles December 30th, 2008 2:27 pm


    They are PDF files – download and install Adobe Reader from


  15. Lopez August 8th, 2010 6:24 am

    hey woodshed two things first of all, niice work on all your songs, you could rock on Ukulele Hero!! and second of all, what with all this downloading stuff? i went to some of your and they on the site, but i came here and i have to download it? my computer is too slow for that stuff! if you please could i would appreciate it if you could post it on here, please and thanks! (PS you still rock if you cant post it on here!)

  16. Woodshed August 10th, 2010 8:02 pm

    Lopez: No, I think it’s much more convenient for people if it’s in downloadable form. And it’s only 76kb – the same as if it was an image on the page.

  17. Lukeintheworld November 1st, 2011 6:52 pm

    I have made the video of this song played on a ukulele!
    This is the link!

  18. Woodshed November 1st, 2011 9:51 pm

    Luke: Excellent version!

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