How To Play The Theme From Halloween The Super Shred Way

I was in my teaching room yesterday, showing one of my cool clients named Evan the theme song to the Halloween movie.

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Rockers! Happy Halloween.

Wow, I've got a cool piece for you to play today! You're gonna love it. I was in my teaching room yesterday, showing one of my cool clients named Evan the theme song to the Halloween movie. (A special thanks to the contributors here at UG for their tabs!)

Now, if you listen to the theme song, there's the spooky melody line, and then there's that ominous cello part in the background. I was showing Evan how to play both parts, when suddenly Evan earned himself the nickname Moze- for Mozart. He said - Why not use tapping, and play both parts at once? Brilliant! Rock on, Moze! Here's the arrangement suggested by the Moze himself.

In the tab above, you'll tap the melody line with your left hand. You'll reach over, and hammer on the power chords with your right hand as you're playing the melody line. Make sure you let the chords ring out - it's not notated correctly in the music, but that's called Josh wrestling with Guitar Pro 5. Here's what it looks like:

Left Hand:

Both Hands:

Ursula - I found your scrunchie! Lyle, from George of the Jungle

Wait! We might run into a problem. If we're using distortion, and I recommend it, you'll notice that there's an incredible amount of string noise as we trying to tap and hammer everything. Arrgh! What to do? Go ask your sister (nicely) if you can borrow a hair scrunchie... You know, the kind that keep ponytails doing their thing. If you're the.001% of the readers, and you actually happen to own a scrunchie (either as a guitarist for the poison tribute band, or a girl), well, fetch it as fast as you can!

Put it around the strings at the 1st fret. This will mute out the open strings considerably, and make your job a lot easier. You may get some funny looks, but deal with it, sucka!

Remember to let the chords ring out as you tap the spooky melody line. Again, practice makes perfect, so take your time, and use a metronome.

Performance notes:

  • Make sure your nails are short.
  • The melody is actually an octave lower than the song, but it works well on Strats, as they don't have a 22nd fret.
  • Play it slow
  • Use a scrunchie
  • Rock on!

    Have a happy (and safe) Halloween, and if you're in the mood to be scared, don't forget to check out my Blog, join the Fraternal Order of Poodleman on Facebook, or visit my website!

  • 68 comments sorted by best / new / date

      Phe4rTheGod
      Great job man, looking forward to trying this out...I need to practice it, tomorrow's the big Halloween jam...
      Doc_ZuZu
      JoshUrban wrote: Dear Buckethead fan club! Woah, let's back up, here! I don't usually comment on my own articles, but I'm sorry to see everyone getting bent out of shape on what was intended as a goodwill article. (Remember, all of this is FREE, and you aren't being forced to practice it! Lol!) I didn't realize BH did this song. I'd never intentionally plagiarize any guitarist or musician, let alone BH. I'm a fan, and I've got a lot of respect for the guy. I think it's a great way to practice a nifty piece for the season, regardless of the originator. Why not give it a shot? It's really fun to play, and I hope you enjoy it. If anyone has any questions about playing, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments section here. I find it a great way to practice an unusual technique. So check it out, and play it three times before you remind me again that I ripped off the man in the KFC mask. Happy Halloween, and best of luck with the shredding! -Josh
      duz anyone actually read through the comments before posting something ignorant. the author acknowleged on two seperate accounts that he did not realize it waz BH at first. once the douchebagz here starting saying so, he tried to rectify hiz mistake. one question...where are all the lessonz from the people so persistant in letting him know how he "ripped" BH? thought so. good lesson man
      mightmuffin
      this clip of the buckethead version is better. On the E string he plays 2nd, 4th, then 1st fret then repeats
      Bonorly
      fridge_raider you'd go to the 22nd if you played an octave higher; i.e. 12 frets above (10th -> 22nd)
      bobdohl
      i saw bucket do it live, and he definitly came out with that idea before you did
      TimmerGuitarMan
      This, as everyone has said, has been ripped off from Buckethead.. I like how you put the "He said - Why not use tapping, and play both parts at once? Brilliant! Rock on, Moze! Here's the arrangement suggested by the Moze himself." In other words, "Let's do it just like Buckethead!"
      JoshUrban
      Dear Buckethead fan club! Woah, let's back up, here! I don't usually comment on my own articles, but I'm sorry to see everyone getting bent out of shape on what was intended as a goodwill article. (Remember, all of this is FREE, and you aren't being forced to practice it! Lol!) I didn't realize BH did this song. I'd never intentionally plagiarize any guitarist or musician, let alone BH. I'm a fan, and I've got a lot of respect for the guy. I think it's a great way to practice a nifty piece for the season, regardless of the originator. Why not give it a shot? It's really fun to play, and I hope you enjoy it. If anyone has any questions about playing, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments section here. I find it a great way to practice an unusual technique. So check it out, and play it three times before you remind me again that I ripped off the man in the KFC mask. Happy Halloween, and best of luck with the shredding! -Josh
      jam phan420
      well just played this about 3 times... i can still say u ripped of BH tho... i mean just search Halloween up at the top of the site, and Buckethead's version comes up a ton of times... so... use the SEARCH bar before 'Moze' is considered a genius?
      dethead666
      Hmm its too bad buckethead did this first because you proably were thinking about donning a kfc and mike myers outfit right afterwards.
      bricktopra3
      Wow, I liked this lesson a lot better when it was done by Buckethead. Change the title to "How to play Halloween in the style of Buckethead". No worries, just joining the bandwagon and giving you a hard time! Trick!
      guitarmaniac88
      really is Buckethead's. I should know, I dressed up as him at school, mask, bucket, hair, guitar and all. I even played this at school too.
      XxXLuisanXxX
      its a bit easier if you get your guitar on Drop D so you play A|-4- E|-4- instead of A|-4- E|-2-
      chyeahitsjean
      hahaha. . buckethead doesn't even play it this way, although he is known to varietize his playing(. . .was that even a word?). anyways, it's not really chords he uses, like the power chords being used, it's more of a bass line on the low e string. starts on 2 then 5 then 8 then 1, 2 and THEN 5 ringing out as you play the 9-7 high e part and the 8 and then 1 on the 6-8 part. that probably makes no sense. . . I do it this way: left-hand: ( X2 )T( X2 ) e-9-----9-----9---10-----H8-----8-----8---9----- B---7-- 7---7--7----7----7-----E--6--6----6--6---6---6-- N while my right hand does this at the same time: E-2-----5-----8-----1-----
      chyeahitsjean
      chyeahitsjean wrote: hahaha. . buckethead doesn't even play it this way, although he is known to varietize his playing(. . .was that even a word?). anyways, it's not really chords he uses, like the power chords being used, it's more of a bass line on the low e string. starts on 2 then 5 then 8 then 1, 2 and THEN 5 ringing out as you play the 9-7 high e part and the 8 and then 1 on the 6-8 part. that probably makes no sense. . . I do it this way: left-hand: ( X2 ) ( X2 ) e-9-----9-----9---10-----8-----8-----8---9----- B---7--7 --7--7----7----7-----6--6--6--6---6---6-- while my right hand does this at the same time: E-2-----5-----8-----1-----
      thelonesoldier
      Regardless of where it originated, it's not exactly super complicated or rocket science to try tapping it.
      guitarmaniac88
      JoshUrban wrote: Dear Buckethead fan club! Woah, let's back up, here! I don't usually comment on my own articles, but I'm sorry to see everyone getting bent out of shape on what was intended as a goodwill article. (Remember, all of this is FREE, and you aren't being forced to practice it! Lol!) I didn't realize BH did this song. I'd never intentionally plagiarize any guitarist or musician, let alone BH. I'm a fan, and I've got a lot of respect for the guy. I think it's a great way to practice a nifty piece for the season, regardless of the originator. Why not give it a shot? It's really fun to play, and I hope you enjoy it. If anyone has any questions about playing, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments section here. I find it a great way to practice an unusual technique. So check it out, and play it three times before you remind me again that I ripped off the man in the KFC mask. Happy Halloween, and best of luck with the shredding! -Josh
      it isn't a KFC mask, it's a bucket....
      cant_touch_this
      yu dont need to use a scrunchie yu can use any sort of material as lots as it has enough pressure to mute string but not fret them- i use my scarf and i think synyster gates either uses a scarf or a wristband- doing this also helps to get a much cleaner sounding pinch harmonic but it sucks big time for whammy harmonics and things like that as yu need the string vibration- just thought id tell yu
      SwollenEyeballs
      i think its easier to play it in drop D tuning...(for hammering on the chords) Great tab thing lesson by the way!!!!!
      ALeMmjon
      Glad I ran across this. It's helping me come up with some ideas for something I've been writing.. and it's just cool to know.
      guitarsolo_17
      or you could show a tiny ounce of dedication and get rid of the scrunchie and really train up your hands to get good at muting without relying on the other to palm mute eh?
      guitarsolo_17
      advice....do the Satriani mute thing...put your first finger over the first four strings and play the melody with the other three so you don't need the ugly stupid scrunchie on your tar-tar
      mightmuffin
      Total bucket head rip off, He first played this on the young bucket dvds and i know he used to play it in his room messing about and jamming. Give the main man some credit.
      Musicman_91
      Hmm, when I play this with distorsion I can barely hear the melody...I think it sounds much better with a clean sound.
      Seventeen
      I enjoyed it, however, It sounds better if you drown down to the first fret F# instead of the A#5 chord.
      AdamDK
      It sounds better playing the Buckethead version than that. It just sounds more like the movie theme playing the Buckethead part on the low E string rather than powerchords. But nice lesson anyway.
      Molokian
      i have played figured out this about year ago, but i like to play it higher, i think it sound better
      shwilly
      So how many fellow Dutchies played this bit only to realize that you knew it from Bassie & Adriaan ? I knew they ripped Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield but this one's new to me...
      Jackolas
      Cool article... But.. "The melody is actually an octave lower than the song, but it works well on Strats, as they don't have a 22nd fret." American strats (ie, the real deal) have 22 frets. Still, that is just me being picky isn't it!!
      YamiJoey
      Cheers for this. I've tried to do it, but my amp keeps cutting out on me, so I don't know if I'm doing it right. lol It looks cool though, and when I'm just playing it seperately it doesn't sound totally wrong, so good job. lol YJ
      Exo M7
      I was going F# - A - F. I don't even know if that's correct since I haven't listened to the Halloween theme in a while but it sounds cool regardless.
      MonstaMan
      good job but what notes are there in the last two chords? i can't read them when they're that small and it just gets distorted if i zoom in!