Fawlty Towers and Steptoe and Son (Tab)

Fawlty Towers (Lead Tab)

A double bill of classic British comedy themes today. Starting with the Fawlty Towers them by Dennis Wison. Not the Manson loving Beach Boy. The composer of music for many British sitcoms including Till Death Us Do Part and Rising Damp.

My arrangement has two parts: the lead part in standard tuning and a baritone part playing the backing. I’m having fun with this set up at the moment so don’t be too surprised if you see more of it.

Baritone Backing

Fawlty Towers (Backing Tab)

The backing is mostly arpeggios with a couple of runs thrown in. Here’s a recording of just the backing if you want to play along. The metronome taps out a full bar for the intro and you start playing on the third beat of the second bar.

Backing MP3

Steptoe and Son

Steptoe and Son (Tab)

Dennis Wilson also wrote music for Steptoe But the theme tune, called Old Ned, was by Ron Grainer. Most famous for the Doctor Who theme. I was prompted to put together this short version by the recent death of the Simpson half of Galton and Simpson who created the show.

Steptoe, of course, was transferred across the Atlantic and became Sanford and Son. You can find the tab for that theme here.


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  1. Janne February 19th, 2017 12:47 pm


  2. Woodshed February 20th, 2017 11:07 am

    Janne: Definitely a possibility.

  3. Mark February 24th, 2017 9:09 am

    Old Ned is a lovely little tune with your arrangement. It’s almost a shame that it’s so tightly linked with the TV show that you couldn’t play it to anyone without provoking a reaction to that rather than the music.

  4. Woodshed February 27th, 2017 1:45 pm

    Mark: Thanks! Was Steptoe that bad? There are some from the time that have aged even worse so I might be grading on a curve.

  5. Wormold February 28th, 2017 12:10 am

    Thanks so much for the tabs.

  6. Woodshed February 28th, 2017 9:30 am

    Wormold: You’re very welcome!

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