The Muppet Show Theme (Tab)

Jim Henson and Sam Pottle – The Muppet Show Theme

Like the Dad’s Army Theme, the Muppet Show Theme was co-written by one of the show’s creators. But unlike the Dad’s Army Theme it wasn’t so well served by a modern cover.

This arrangement includes one of my favourite tricks: playing the bassline. The notes on the C-string in bars 9-16 are the bass notes. Then the melody notes are played on the E and A strings. It takes a bit of work to get the two going together but it’s really effective.


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  1. Sharon March 1st, 2013 8:06 am

    “It’s time to put on make-up….” Sorry, just retreated to my childhood. I am pretty sure I will struggle to play this but maybe I will just have to give it a go :)

  2. Woodshed March 1st, 2013 9:19 am

    Sharon: Good luck with it!

  3. Sandra March 2nd, 2013 1:29 pm

    This is great, love it, thank you! Old favourite from childhood long ago….perfect as ive Just put Aquila strings on my lag soprano and can’t believe the difference. Even the muted strings sound better!

  4. Woodshed March 2nd, 2013 1:38 pm

    Sandra: Thank you!

  5. sanford(andsong) March 2nd, 2013 4:38 pm

    Forgot how clever a tune that theme is. Nice work.

  6. Woodshed March 3rd, 2013 1:43 pm

    sanford: It is. I enjoyed playing it.

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  11. Joey March 13th, 2013 6:29 pm

    Thank you! Newbie player here who can finally play your Rainbow Connection tab without making people’s ears bleed. It’s far from perfect, but its recognizable and fairly smooth. I just came on here to find a new song to master, and I think this is the perfect follow up to Rainbow Connection. Thank you so much for these tabs! They’re fantastic!!

  12. Woodshed March 15th, 2013 8:18 am

    Joey: Congratulations!

  13. Alex April 6th, 2013 8:47 pm

    I’m at my grandmas and bought some aquila strings, but I don’t have my ukulele with me.. I’m looking forward to learning some more advanced stuff when I get back. (e.g. Dueling Banjos, Video games [lana del ray] and of course this).

  14. Woodshed April 6th, 2013 10:04 pm

    Alex: Good luck with them!

  15. Wilson April 11th, 2013 1:48 pm

    Woodshed, is there any chance you could make an arrangement of Feel Good Inc. by the Gorillaz ? :)

  16. tooney July 13th, 2014 12:22 am

    How many times do I practice bars 18 & 19 before I admit defeat?

  17. Woodshed July 13th, 2014 7:23 am

    tooney: You could try it without the chordy bits. Like this:


  18. tooney July 13th, 2014 7:11 pm

    Thanks, Woodshed. I’ll give it a try. Although the chordy bits do sound great. Sometimes it feels like trying to play with hot dogs for fingers.

  19. Woodshed July 14th, 2014 10:27 am

    tooney: I feel like that all the time!

  20. tooney July 14th, 2014 11:44 pm

    ha ha ha Maybe I should lose the buns, then.

    I am determined to master those chordy bits. CHORDY BITS!

  21. Woodshed July 15th, 2014 9:31 am

    tooney: Hahaha! Happy practicing.

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