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Barney Miller theme/tone, what bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zac2944, Jul 29, 2005.


  1. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I have known this riff for years, and always dug it. I especially like that tone. Is it a p-bass with flats, or is it something else? Anyone know?
     
  2. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Banned

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds

    I use to play this song in a highschool jazz band believe it or not. I'd say it is a P with Flats.
     
  3. lucas vigor

    lucas vigor Banned

    Sep 2, 2004
    Orange County, Ca,
    Got to be a P with flats....


    awesome song, by the way!
     
  4. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I believe the bassist was Jim Hughart, and he uses a P bass with flats.
     
  5. relayer66

    relayer66

    Oct 10, 2002
    Miura, Japan
    I always thought it was Chuck Rainey...
     
  6. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Banned

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds
    Yeah, I thought so too.
     
  7. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Sanford and Son, and MASH - but not Barney Miller

    In BP they said it was Chuck Berghofer, who later wrote to correct it and gave credit to Hughart
     
  8. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    i always thought it was Tommy Tedesco.. seriosuly, i thought i read that somewhere. A go with the P with flats as well, or maybe it was the Variax model of a P with flats ( yeah, right!! :rolleyes: )
     
  9. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    So it looks like it is indeed a P w/ flats. Why don't I own one?
     
  10. BudWirth

    BudWirth

    Jul 20, 2005
    Would anybody have tabs for this song. Its been years since I've heard it but I would like to play it. just for st*ts and giggles.
     
  11. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I don't have tabs but I'm pretty sure that the groove is all in the Dorian scale/mode. Like a major scale only with a flat 3rd and flat 7th.
     
  12. lucas vigor

    lucas vigor Banned

    Sep 2, 2004
    Orange County, Ca,
    After years of gassing for every boutique 11 string multi-laminated koa wenge walnut flame zebrawood bass out there, I finally settled for a p-bass with flats..and I have never looked back!

    as far as I am concerned, there is nothing more "right"!!

    (I still have gas for the hi tech, though.....my p-bass does everything else!)
     
  13. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    I once lived in the mountains with no stereo and I would watch Barney Miller just to hear music on the one TV station I got :)

    Did anyone notice different seasons have different versions of the theme song?
     
  14. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Now that I think of it, Chuck Rainey might have played on other Barney Miller sessions, but not "the" theme song.

    Bum, bada bum, bada bum be bum be bum be bum....

    Sounds like a P bass to me.
     
  15. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
  16. Here's a link to the tab (even though it's incomplete):

    Barney Miller Tab.

    I think I'm going to take a bit of time and complete it, then resubmit to Bassmasta.
     
  17. that clip is great
    what artists/albums are in this vein?

    i want more
     
  18. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass ****

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Yea, I remember two or three different versions. Even though it's been 15+ years since I've heard it I would put money on the fact that one of those versions is done with a pick. It's a bit faster and there's alot of emphasis on the up-beats. Sick bassline!!