Thomas the Tank Engine for Ukulele
There’s something very sinister and unnerving about this tune. It’s slow, plodding pace and the sneaky key change creep me out a little and the first two bars always remind me of ‘Symptom of The Universe’. I love it.
I believe that it’s no longer in use on the current version of ‘Thomas’. This is a shame.
What This Piece Can Teach You –
- Play a tune that changes key. Oh yeah.
- How to control fat.
- Rock that diminished chord.
- Entertain adults and perhaps children.
I have such warm memories of this piece of music. Whenever I hear it, I long to attach myself to a track and gently shunt Henry and George into a tunnel whilst Ringo Starr makes calming comments. Ah.
The tab here is a guide. I haven’t notated it exactly as I play in the video. My fingers have a life of their own. Watch out ladies. However, it will get you through the basic melody. It does fly up and down the neck with many odd chord positions and thirds and stuff. Toward the end it appears that I played a diminished descending run that I chose not to notate. Do you know the diminished shape? It’s my favourite thing ever. Look out for it in bar 25.
This is the classic version of the Thomas theme. I actually just listened to the newer version and you know what? It’s not bad. Any interest in that? Let me know. Also, anyone remember the game? I played it on c64. Chiptunes 4eva.