The Flintstones Theme

(Meet) The Flintstones is the theme of the ’60s television series The Flintstones (from season 3 on) and is one of the most recognizable theme songs ever. It was composed by Hoyt Curtin in 1961 and recorded with a big band and the Randy Van Horne Singers. In this lesson, you will learn how to play The Flintstones on guitar.

The harmonic structure of The Flintstones theme is that of a basic rhythm changes in Bb.

The song became a jazz standard and has been played and recorded by numerous jazz musicians, including Kenny Burrell, George Barnes, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel.

Here is a fast version of the theme by Herb Ellis & Barney Kessel.

 

Barney Kessel's Flintstones' Theme (with Herb Ellis) [1980].avi

 

The melody of Meet the Flintstones is inspired by Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 (movement 2), composed in 1801.

Have a listen to Glenn Gould performing this piece (starting at 1:53).

 

Glenn Gould - Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor "The Tempest": II Adagio (OFFICIAL)

 

Sheet Music & Guitar Tabs

(Meet) The Flintstones Theme for Jazz Guitar

 

Backing Track

Listen & Play-Along

Meet The Flinstones sheet music and guitar tabs 1

Meet The Flinstones sheet music and guitar tabs 2

Meet The Flinstones sheet music and guitar tabs 3

 

(Meet) The Flintstones Guitar Pro FileGuitar Pro File

 

 

(Meet) The Flintstones Band in a Box FileBand in a Box file

 

Band in a Box

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12 thoughts on “The Flintstones Theme”

  1. John Ebert

    Terrific! Thank you.
    John

  2. David Gouge

    hi
    is it possible to do a chord melody version of cole porter’s ” i love paris?”

  3. Randall

    Stand by for a lawsuit. Beethoven’s heirs are coming after the Flintstones.

      1. Dirk Laukens

        The Flintstones theme is inspired by Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 (see the Glenn Gould video at the beginning of the lesson).

  4. Pete

    How about Mission: Impossible (TV) Theme?

  5. Robert Newsome

    Awesome! Can you do “The Bedrock Twist” next!?

  6. Mark-Alan Altman

    How about The Honeymooners Theme, “You’re My Greatest Love.”

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