Neko Atsume Theme (Tab)

A primer for the uninitiated: Neko Atsume it a mobile game where you lure increasingly fancy cartoon cats to your yard. Until recently it was only in Japanese and inscrutable to non-Japanese speakers.

In short, it has all the ingredients to make it an inevitable massive hit. Including the most important: a smooth, lounge-jazz soundtrack (the favourite music of all cats). And Neko Atsume delivers with chilled major 7 and 9 chords just crying out for a ukulele cover.

Melody Part

Neko Atsume (Melody Tab)

I play this part on a standard C-tuned uke with a capo on the second fret (so it’s the same as D-tuning).

There are a few big jumps up and down the fretboard. It took me a good amount of practice to get them smooth. Also, when you’re leaping up the fretboard remember that the capo means that you actually play two frets higher than indicated (not a problem if you’re using D-tuning, of course).

If you just want to play the melody part, here’s a backing track for you:

Backing Track

Backing Part

Neko Atsume (Backing Tab)

If, on the other hand, you want to play the backing part (or you have a friend who does) you’re going to need a baritone ukulele and a mellow, cat-like outlook on life. I highly recommend stealing a few of these chord moves next time you’re looking for a laid-back jazz sound.


Get the app
Buy the tune on Amazon Japan (I couldn’t find it anywhere else)
Game Themes“>More game theme tabs

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  1. Vanessa April 15th, 2016 6:13 am

    Haha! I just closed Neko Atsume and opened email and here this is! I’m going to try it though it’s over my head. I’ll do it for the kitties.

  2. M. Ryan Taylor April 15th, 2016 6:34 am

    Love it!

  3. Woodshed April 16th, 2016 5:54 pm

    Vanessa: Great timing!

    M Ryan Taylor: Thanks!

  4. Daniel Olszewski April 23rd, 2016 11:09 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! This sounds like a great one to to play with a friend

  5. Daniel Olszewski April 23rd, 2016 11:44 pm

    And wow, just showed this to my friend and apparently it’s the cat game she’s been talking about for months.

  6. Woodshed April 24th, 2016 8:26 pm

    Daniel: Thanks very much!

  7. Ares June 30th, 2016 2:54 pm

    Your my fucking idol!!

  8. Woodshed July 1st, 2016 11:58 am

    Ares: Thanks! That’s a lot of responsibility!

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