Rumble

In 1958, an instrumental track by Link Wray and the Wray-Men made it to number 16 on the charts. Originally titled “Oddball”, Phil Everly heard it and suggested the title “Rumble”, as it had a rough sound and said it sounded like a street fight.

It was banned in several radio markets because the term rumble was a slang term for a gang fight, and it was feared that the piece’s harsh sound glorified “juvenile delinquency” - one of very few instrumental singles banned from the radio airwaves.

I have attempted to retain some the the rawness of the original version in my arrangement and cover:

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April 19, 2014 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

Classical Corner X

It’s been over a year since I’ve posted any classic guitar performances. I’ve actually been very consistent in working in this area, but I guess it didn’t occur to me to record.

Anyway, this is a very lovely Scarlatti Sonata (Kirkpatrick 481) originally written for harpsichord in F Minor but transcribed for guitar into A minor by my former teacher Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

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April 18, 2014 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Because

This past week there was a special on PBS about the Dave Clark Five. Back in the mid-sixties, most of us liked them as much — if not more –than the Beatles. While history has certainly spoken here, there is still no doubt that the DC5 were a great, great band.

One of their best numbers was the ballad/slow-dance tune “Because”. It is really a nice tune by any measure.

In tribute, I recorded this “garage band” instrumental version.

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April 12, 2014 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

Blues Theme

The Wild Angels is a 1966 Roger Corman film. It was made three years before Easy Rider and was the first film to associate actor Peter Fonda with motorcycles and 1960s counterculture. It was also the film that inspired the outlaw biker film genre that continued into the early 1970s.

Fonda stars as the fictitious Hells Angels San PedWild Angelsro, California chapter president “Heavenly Blues” (or “Blues”), with Nancy Sinatra as his girlfriend “Mike”, Bruce Dern as doomed fellow outlaw “the Loser”, and Dern’s real-life wife Diane Ladd as the Loser’s on-screen wife, “Gaysh”.

Fonda’s character had a musical theme. This number from the soundtrack, “Blues Theme”, as performed by Davie Allan and the Arrows, cracked the top 40 in 1967, peaking at #37.

This tune was a staple of my first garage band — The Sugarbeats.

My new arrangement/recording of it is dedicated to my former bandmates and still good friends, Lance Yaste and David Cox.

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April 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

Plexi Round Five

This is my 5th effort inspired by my recently acquired Marshall Plexi.

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This is a cover of the garage band favorite Rock and Roll Hootchie Coo, originally by Rick Derringer and covered by many, many others.

Not much to say here, nothing new or original to be found. I’m just having fun playing some good old fashioned rock’n’roll.

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March 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Plexi Round 4

This is my 4th effort inspired by my recently acquired Marshall Plexi.

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This tune is called “Lead Rhythm”. Like my previous post, this tune is from a few years back. I released the 1st version of this tune on my CD “Sunflower“, which is available on CD Baby if you click the link.

Since I got the plexi, I’ve been looking back to some of my previous, more rock-oriented numbers. This is again what I would call an “updated” arrangement.

The head alternates 8 bars of what is a riff-based section with 8 bars of something of a melody. I’m not sure if it’s apparent, but in certain sections I was trying to get some of the feel of the ending section of “Layla” to contrast with the more hard-rock oriented sections.

Again, the guitar is not actually recorded through the amp, but rather my old Pod Pro.

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February 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm 2 comments

Plexi Round 3

This is my third effort inspired by my recently acquired Marshall Plexi.

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This tune is called “Red Current Jam”. It is actually from a few years back. Since I got the plexi, I’ve been looking back to some of my previous, more rock-oriented numbers. This is what I would call an “updated” arrangement.

Again, the guitar is not actually recorded through the amp, but rather my old Pod Pro.

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February 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

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