Star Wars – Cantina Band

Cantina Band (Star Wars) (Tab)


I’m not sure if Andy was joking when he requested this one. Tabs are far too serious an issue to joke about. The first part of Cantina Band works quite well on the uke. Bars 7 and 8 are particularly uke-y.

As for the picking, for the most part I use my thumb on the G and C strings and index finger (picking upwards) on the E and A strings. Bars 9 to 14 are all strummed. I’m blocking the G string with the thumb of my picking hand in this part. It isn’t strictly necessary as the G works in there as well. What is necessary is blocking the E string for the last two notes of bar 10 (and bar 14). I do it by resting the tip of my index finger on the string.

Perhaps next Sunday will be a theme tune that wasn’t written by John Williams.

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  1. Cardboardfrog August 24th, 2008 7:27 pm

    wtf is up with the vocal dubbing on the youtube clip?
    its interesting…..
    awesome tab though

  2. Lee August 24th, 2008 9:42 pm

    Oh, man…sometimes you simply astound me. That sounds amazing!

  3. Chris August 24th, 2008 11:38 pm

    Wow that’s an awesome choice. Not sure if i would have ever thought of that tune for uke but it sounds very cool!

  4. amber August 25th, 2008 7:21 am

    Awesome awesome awesome. OMG awesome.

  5. zym August 25th, 2008 7:14 pm


    I knew this would be quality, and you havent disappointed :)

  6. Woodshed August 25th, 2008 9:28 pm

    cbf: I didn’t even notice that. I was trying to ignore the talking.

    Lee: Thanks. I disagree though. There are some glaring mistakes in there.

    Chris: Neither would I. All down to Andy.

    amber: I know what I’m getting your for Xmas. A thesaurus. Thanks ;)

    Andy: Thanks. If you’ve got any more ridiculous suggestions, let me know.

  7. zym August 26th, 2008 1:24 am

    I have HUNDREDS of ridiculous suggestions! :D

  8. West August 31st, 2008 7:05 pm

    Absolute genius! Cheers!

  9. Woodshed August 31st, 2008 7:16 pm

    You’re welcome, West.

  10. LonnaB October 21st, 2008 7:35 pm

    I was listening to James Hill last night and he has a version of this song on “On the Other Hand”.

    I guess that puts Andy in good company :)

  11. Woodshed October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm

    Lonna: James Hill’s stuff really needs to be released in this country. Perhaps I should start a record label.*

    *Not gonna happen.

  12. Mark December 27th, 2008 7:04 am

    I HAVE to learn this song by tonight. It’s just… Kickass!

  13. Woodshed December 27th, 2008 9:58 am

    Mark: Good luck with it.

  14. Tofunator December 31st, 2008 10:20 pm

    AUGH! Why is John williams so cool? You should see the band arrangments for some of this stuff, he has a thing for trumpets, I swear :D

  15. Woodshed January 2nd, 2009 5:12 pm

    Tofunator: Yep, he’s the man.

  16. Mcnilly November 4th, 2009 6:26 pm

    Ah, this is fantastic!

  17. Woodshed November 5th, 2009 9:14 pm

    Mcnilly: Thanks. I do love this tune.

  18. Henry Cobb September 26th, 2010 12:05 pm

    hey, ive been using uke hunt for as long as ive been getting better at the ukulele you website is amazing
    ive looked over the site recently and ive seen not one person has critisised it ,there is a reason for that!! i have lots of cool ideas for tabs so please email me at the email i had to type in to post this!!!

  19. Woodshed September 27th, 2010 3:52 pm

    Henry: Thanks very much. You obviously didn’t look at the Stairway to Heaven comments.

  20. trace December 15th, 2010 6:22 pm

    absolutely awesome. much thanks.

  21. parodius May 12th, 2011 11:38 am

    great tab. Thanks!
    This is the first ‘non strumming’ tune ive learnt on the uke!

    Just a quick question: in the original version there is another section that links the whole thing together. Any chance of a tab of this? or perhaps a suggestion for a couple of chords that could be used to link it up so that i can play it a couple of times round?

  22. Woodshed May 15th, 2011 12:03 pm

    parodius: No, no chance at all!

  23. Mr. Anonymous August 13th, 2011 2:56 am


  24. Woodshed August 13th, 2011 8:52 am

    Mr. Anon: You’re worthy, you’re worthy.

  25. Mr. Anonymous August 15th, 2011 12:49 am

    CAN’T …. DO …. IT …. ! …. BRAIN …. OVERLOAD……!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH

  26. Woodshed August 15th, 2011 2:46 pm

    Mr. Anon.: Keep going! You’ll get there eventually.

  27. carreg wastad September 30th, 2011 10:36 am

    just found this – it’s great! plenty to work at…

  28. Woodshed September 30th, 2011 10:46 pm

    carreg: Good luck with it!

  29. oscar July 27th, 2012 12:57 am

    Great tab as usual! I just have one question though… what does the symbol consisting of an diagonal line with two dots on it mean? it pops up a few times and I can’t find it in your “how to read a tab” section. Maybe I’ve just missed it but it enoys the heck out of me!

  30. Woodshed July 28th, 2012 6:52 am

    oscar: They’re rests.

  31. Jose August 23rd, 2013 9:34 am

    i cant make the 12th (measure?) – not musically literate- to sound right, any advise?

  32. Seb March 7th, 2016 9:14 pm

    Thanks ! Great job

  33. Woodshed March 7th, 2016 9:50 pm

    Seb: Thanks!

  34. Anna Hildebrand June 8th, 2016 3:47 pm

    Our band, The Random Acts Of Uke, performed this.

  35. Woodshed June 8th, 2016 5:12 pm

    Anna: Excellent version! Love it.

  36. Jimmy McGee July 18th, 2017 3:18 am

    Brilliant…can’t believe that I missed this all those years back!

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