Mega Man 2 Flash Man Theme (Tabs)


Takashi Tateishi – Mega Man 2: Flash Man Theme

I’ve always had a bias towards 80s game themes. Which I’ve taken to be partly because I did most of my gaming in the 80s and partly because 80s game music was much better.

But the ever-interesting – even for non-gamers – Extra Credits had an episode about video game music a while back made me look at it in a more nuanced way.

They make the convincing argument that game music hasn’t got worse, just less memorable. I’d completely forgotten that game music was there primarily to increase immersion in the game. And as far as that goes game music certainly is better now that it was in the 80s.

But the fact that 80s game composers were restricted to three notes and had to come up with memorable tunes certainly does make for good conversions to ukulele. And I think the Flash Man theme from Mega Man 2 works particularly well.

Trickiest Bits

Bars 3 and 4: I use fingerpicking through most of the song. But for the rapidfire notes in bar 3 and the first half of bar 4 I’m strumming.

I switch back to picking for the last half of the bar. Fret the third and second frets here with your ring and middle finger and have your index finger on the E-string second fret ready for the pull-off.

Bar 17: For the last note barre across the second fret.

Bar 21: If you’re using a soprano ukulele you can play this bar like this:

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Links

Buy the MP3
Interview with Takashi Tateishi and other early Mega Man composers
More Game Theme Tabs

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11 Comments

  1. cardboardfrog May 30th, 2013 8:43 pm

    you always do good versions of tunes woodshed but sometimes you pick really extra kick ass stuff, this is a prime example, Great work and thanks very much.

  2. Spencer May 31st, 2013 2:21 am

    Thanks for the tab, but I can’t believe that you did a Mega Man song, let alone a Mega Man 2 song, and didn’t do the Willy theme.

  3. Woodshed May 31st, 2013 6:52 am

    cardboardfrog: Thanks so much!

    Spencer: Maybe in the future.

  4. Olive June 1st, 2013 12:59 pm

    It was that Extra Credits episode that made me realize something similar. Game themes are no longer distinct in their plucky, simple sounding tunes. Everyone can distinct the Mario tune for what it is, and some can figure out just by hearing it that the Tetris theme is a game theme, regardless of having played the game. Now not so much. I can play the head theme for Metal Gear 2, or Final Fantasy 7 (or really any later FF game, though they all had brilliant sound tracks) and the orchestra or violin performances manage to create such a beautiful sound that many people are surprised to learn that such lovely music comes from such a “kiddie” thing.

  5. Woodshed June 2nd, 2013 6:22 am

    Olive: That’s a good point.

  6. scotty jay June 23rd, 2013 6:59 pm

    amazing woodshed. I have been visiting your blog for a while but never left a comment until now. I had to express how awesome it was that you tabbed a megaman song. Megaman 2 was the best. any music from it in the future would be amazing. Heck any more 80’s video games tabs would blow my mind. Love it. Thanks much man.

  7. Woodshed June 24th, 2013 6:40 am

    scotty jay: Maybe. I did enjoy doing this one a lot.

  8. Nype June 25th, 2013 4:41 pm

    Woodshed, you should do Tuolumne by Eddie Vedder. It would sound amazing on the ukulele.

  9. Woodshed June 26th, 2013 6:17 am

    Nype: Thanks for the suggestion. I do like the tune a lot so I’ll at least have a go at it.

  10. Asher July 17th, 2014 4:49 am

    Logged in to thank you for this tab.

    MegaMan2 was the video game that got me into video games. It will always be my favorite! It also has the best music ever. Hope to see more MegaMan2 themes from you soon… maybe Dr. Wily Stage? ;)

  11. Woodshed July 17th, 2014 7:01 am

    Asher: Thanks very much! I’ll keep it in mind.

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