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Theme song to Barney Miller- Jazz or Precision?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chiplexic, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. chiplexic


    Apr 21, 2004
    At first I was quick to think it was a Precison. But I've heard a few 60's era Jazz basses that have a tone much like this. So I ask the jury. Go to the link , scroll down almost half way and there's a few options of formats to download the theme song. It's great bass.

  2. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
  3. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    I used to watch that show, and I'd definitely say Precision.
  4. P muted.
  5. Always wanted to know who did that line...found this at wiki

    "The distinctive opening notes of the theme song's bass line, performed by studio musician Jim Hughart"

    maybe this will help?

    Check out pic from his site...still digging

  6. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    I always thought P when I heard it.
  7. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Don't really know but this was one of the first lines I ever learned on bass. I still break it out every once in awhile if there's a crowd that can identify it. To my ears it has always been a P but I suppose it could be anything.
  8. Just listened....my vote is P

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    Jim Hughart, a former student of Carole Kaye.
  10. chiplexic


    Apr 21, 2004
    Maybe the muting is what gives it the tighter, punchy tone that gives it a bit of an older Jazz with flats type tone...but ya I'd say P especially given the picture.
  11. Bo_H


    Jul 2, 2004
    My guess would be a P bass with tapewounds and a pick. Just a SWAG.

  12. One of those lines that made me a bass player before I got a bass!!
    I always thought it was P with a pick.
  13. When I drop into Long & McQuade to try out basses that's the first thing I play. Used to drive the Granville Street metal-head manager nuts ;-)
  14. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Jim Hughart's worth checking out. Lots of recordings and live work over many years, a real journeyman. He's a great DB player as well.

    He also possesses one of the most frequently mispronounced surnames in the world of music. ;)
  15. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Watching that show growing-up I always seem to remember at least two distinct "versions" of the tune, although I couldn't bet much on it..
  16. BobXboB

    BobXboB Banned

    Sep 25, 2007
    They seemed to recut it for each season, and the music at the end of the show was different than the intro music.
  17. ErnieD


    Nov 25, 2004
    I gots to know. What is the pronounciation then, Im thinking just as it reads "Hug-hart". Correct? Or is it like Huge-hart? Or Hew-gurt like yogurt? And yes favorite bass line for a long time, that and the Fender Rhodes sound on the Taxi series. :)
  18. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    It's "Hew- ert".

    "Taxi", what a beautiful theme song. Bob James.
  19. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    Check out "Nighthawks at the Diner" by Tom Waits. Fine, fine bass playing and a great record all around.
  20. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    I remember 2 versions as well.

    First bass line I ever learned. Still play it all the time.


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