PDF File Download: Dances with Wolves – The John Dunbar Theme NAF Tab
Original Composer: John Barry
Technical notes: Requires use of cross-fingering, half-holing and an upper octave note. Play on an NAF in the key of G# if you wish to accompany the original track.
About: I can’t imagine that anyone who is familiar with this beautiful film would fail to recognize it’s main theme – that of the film’s main character, John Dunbar. It’s warm, gentle and very beautiful.
On Playing: In order to fit the theme within the constraints of the NAF, a couple of lines are played within the same octave rather that jumping up an octave as in the original recording. The cross fingerings shouldn’t present too much of a problem with a little practice.
The trickiest part is in the first line of each section where a jump from the first note (top three holes closed) to the second (all holes covered, bottom is half-holed) may present some difficulty to those not yet comfortable with the technique. A good cheat is to drop down to cover all the holes completely and rapidly roll your bottom finger up a shade to achieve the half-hole, at least until you’ve built up the muscle memory to hit it straight off.
Listen to the track on YouTube: