PDF File Download: Star Wars – Cantina Band NAF Tab
Original Composer: John Williams
Technical notes: Requires use of cross-fingering, half-holing and an upper octave note. Play on an NAF in the key of D if you wish to accompany the original track.
About: This piece of music features in Episode IV: A New Hope. Early on in the film, Luke and Obi-Wan enter the Mos Eisley Cantina in search of a pilot, and the strange alien band (apparently they even have a name; Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes!) are playing off to one side. Even if you’re not a big Star Wars fan, I think a lot of people will be able to recall both the music and the scene from the film.
On Playing: The track is incredibly fast paced, so really take your time ‘getting to know’ it at a much slower pace initially before trying to play it at the normal tempo. The tab follows the layout of the original track; the four ‘sections’ are played though in order, then repeated from the start.
At the end of the repeat, the track then goes off into another direction with lots of steel drum and a some clarinet that would be both ridiculously difficult to try and tab, let alone play, so I left well alone!
The fingering in the second section can be a bit of a pig; there is one transition from having the top four holes closed to opening the fourth hole but cross-fingering the one below it that throws me every time and is hard to play cleanly. And lastly, if you’re not already au fait with half-holing, you will be by the time you’ve played the third section through a few times! It uses it extensively. You can just roll your finger off the closed bottom hole a little when coming ‘up’ to it from a closed bottom hole, which helps a lot.
Listen to the track on YouTube: