Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty (Tab)

Mills, Godfrey and Scott – Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty (Tab)

Following on from The Queen is Dead on Tuesday, here’s an arrangement of the song that kicks off the track, Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty. It was written during World War I and has a bunch of music hall features. Including the perfect opportunity to bust out your triplet strum in bars 21 and 25. Here I’m using this method:

Down with index finger
Down with thumb
Up with index finger

I’ve also given it a ‘whoops, have a banana’ (or ‘shave and a haircut, two bits‘ if you’re American) ending because I couldn’t resist.

It’s fairly tricky to play. But there is plenty of scope for simplifying. You can play bars 29-31 (i.e. the ones I screw up in the video) like this:

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  1. Lincoln June 8th, 2012 1:04 pm

    Sweet tune. Thanks man!

  2. Henrik June 8th, 2012 9:45 pm

    I do not approve.
    You’re not suppose to give metronome markings for 6/8 time as a crotchet. A quaver is acceptable, but for this piece I would use a dotted crotchet. Shame on you!
    That is the only thing I found unsatisfying with this tab. Keep up the good work! :)

  3. Woodshed June 9th, 2012 3:12 pm

    Lincoln: Thanks very much!

    Henrik: The tab software I use can’t do that. Or if I does I couldn’t find out how.

  4. Ambient Doughnut June 15th, 2012 1:05 pm

    Talking of ‘Shave and a Haircut’… ;o)

  5. Everaldo June 21st, 2012 4:57 pm

    Very nice! This one i’ll learn for sure.


  6. carreg wastad June 22nd, 2012 3:52 pm

    cheerful – i like it, it goes well with your funeral march which I can only play cheerfully

  7. Woodshed June 25th, 2012 11:39 am

    Ambient: Hahaha!

    Everaldo: Good luck with it!

    carreg: I would not have thought of putting those two together!

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