Frasier Theme (Tab)

Bruce Miller – Frasier Theme (Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs) (Tab)

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this tune. Several hundred I expect. But not once did it occur to me that there might be a reason he’s going on about tossed salads and scrambled eggs. Frasier writer, Ken Levine asked the tune’s composer Bruce Miller who explained, “these were things that were “mixed up” like Frasier Crane’s patients”.

And it’s not just the patients. The theme is a mixed up, mouse painting, moon howling kinda song. For a tune that only lasts 36 seconds this really packs in a lot of different notes. My advice is to throw yourself into it an not worry much about any mistakes.


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  1. Keith December 18th, 2014 9:49 am

    I’ve just started learning how to play the Ukulele. I’ve been practicing for just three weeks so far. I’m able to strum the basic chords with a variety of different strumming patterns, but I know that is just the very start of what this instrument can do.

    Today I started working on my finger picking; running up and down a few major scales (at a snail’s pace). I saw this on your website and I think it would be a good place for me to start. It mixes some simple picking with strumming, hammer-ons and so on.

  2. Keith December 18th, 2014 9:49 am

    (Worth noting, I am not a guitar player but I am a rather competent pianist).

  3. Woodshed December 18th, 2014 11:56 am

    Keith: It’s a fairly tricky piece to start with. By all means hurl yourself into it. But I wouldn’t want you to be frustrated if you can’t play it straight away.

  4. Keith December 18th, 2014 11:37 pm

    Thanks for the advice Woodshed. I am finding it tricky but it’s the really silly things I’m struggling with; for example, what part of the fingers should be used for picking, the nails or the finger tips? Should I use my thumb on the G and C strings or just the G string? How do you move your hand so quickly from picking to strumming the chords? Should I strum the two middle strings or pluck them when they are both to sound?

    I know the key to learning a piece is to play it slowly, and I’m getting there. If I’m naughty and play it at full speed I only have to pause every few bars to work out what happens next.

    Maybe I’ll record a video tomorrow and share it so you can see the progress so far (or not, if you’d prefer)

  5. Keith December 19th, 2014 8:14 am

    Well here is my attempt after a day of practicing (not continuously, just when I get a chance during the day):

    Am I allowed to post links here?

    Anyway, I know the secret to improving is practicing so that is what I will continue to do. Thanks again for posting this song.

  6. Woodshed December 20th, 2014 12:11 pm

    Keith: Excellent! You’re way ahead of me on day one.

  7. Keith December 31st, 2014 4:00 pm

    Thanks Woodshed. So it is now day 10 and this is the best I can manage.

    This is a really nice sounding ukulele when I play simple chords for ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ to my daughter but when I try to finger pick it sounds… twangy. Could you offer any advice on how to minimise the twanginess?

    Many thanks


  8. Woodshed January 2nd, 2015 12:11 am

    Keith: Nice going!

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