"MacGyver" theme song, solo acoustic guitar

Written by Adrian Holovaty on January 26, 2007

And now for something completely different. Tonight I recorded my own acoustic-guitar arrangement of the MacGyver theme song.

For reference, here's the original theme song.

YouTube also has a bunch of piano versions of the theme song, no doubt owing to the fact that MacGyver sheet music is available. Guitar versions aren't as common, with only three other recordings that I could find.

Oh, and somebody performed the theme on a ruler. This is the same guy who brought you Super Mario Bros. theme on a ruler.

For more of my music, check out my gypsy jazz version of the Super Mario Bros. 2 theme and my Metafilter Music page.

UPDATE, Dec. 2012: I've tabbed it out on Soundslice for you guitar players out there.


Posted by Steven King on January 26, 2007, at 7:23 a.m.:

Nice post! Is there anything you dont do?

Posted by Devon on January 26, 2007, at 8:08 a.m.:

Awesome! I've always liked that theme.

Posted by Kai Hendry on January 26, 2007, at 12:09 p.m.:

Awesome. I've had a girlfriend that would have died for that stuff. :)

Btw the embedded YouTube didn't show up in Google Reader. Grrr...

Posted by Bret on January 26, 2007, at 3:21 p.m.:

The coy smile at the end made me laugh. Good job on the performance!

Posted by David Lindquist on January 26, 2007, at 4:37 p.m.:

Nice! Brings back good memories of my childhood. :)

Posted by Lucas on January 26, 2007, at 5:08 p.m.:

That really brings me back. If you've got an mp3, I'll add it to my iPod for nostalgic moments.

Posted by Adam on January 26, 2007, at 7:39 p.m.:

Very cool. I really like the gypsy jazz stuff I've seen you post. Were would you recommend I start for more? Listening, not playing :). Any CD recommendations?

Posted by Bob Stepno on January 27, 2007, at 4:19 a.m.:

Along with sounding great, that's one seriously Django-looking guitar, Mr. H. My old Martin (shown c. 1984) just won't play those ninth-sixth-augmented chords... Or maybe it's the fingers that are just better at F-sharp-demolished...

Posted by Gregory on January 27, 2007, at 6:52 a.m.:

Wow. When I added the RSS feed to keep up-to-date on some of the best cutting-edge thinking on newspaper web sites, little did I know I would be treated to this gem. Patty and Selma would be so proud.

Honestly, it's hard not to improve on that synthesizer salad of a theme song. Still, I'll add it to my list of covers that are even better than the original:

* Joe Cocker, "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"

* Cake, "I Will Survive"

* Creedence, "I Heard It Trough the Grapevine"

* Social D, "Ring of Fire"

* Jayhawks, "Bad Time"

* Lemonheads, "Mrs. Robinson"

* Beatles, "Act Naturally"

* Johnny Cash, "Hurt"

* Fountains of Wayne, "Baby One More Time"

* Adrian Holovaty, "MacGyver Theme Song"

Posted by Adrian on January 27, 2007, at 7:21 a.m.:

Bob: It's a Django-style small-hole Gitan gypsy-jazz guitar. This really isn't a gypsy-jazz song, but I like using this instrument because it's really easy to play.

Posted by Paul Egges on January 27, 2007, at 10:03 p.m.:

Strange twists of fate. I've been playing with Django, which led me here, which led me to music.metafilter.com. For some strange reason I had never seen music.metafilter.com even though I've been a metafilter visitor/member since way back when. That then led me to another interesting site, www.jamendo.com/en/ . In any case since you seem to enjoy jazz and live in Chicago check out Matthew Skoller (blues harmonica player). He use to play at Shaws, but .... In any case, check his schedule at www.matthewskoller.com

Posted by Adonis on January 29, 2007, at 10:12 p.m.:

A-team, Adrian!! A-team!


Posted by Mindy McAdams on January 30, 2007, at 12:34 a.m.:

That is certainly something I never knew about you, Adrian.

Posted by Geoff on February 1, 2007, at 5:35 a.m.:


Posted by Paul Smith on February 6, 2007, at 2:22 a.m.:

Get with the times: all the cool kids are in to MacGruber now.

Posted by Martin on February 20, 2007, at 9:50 p.m.:

Very nice!

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