Shadows of a Doubt

“Shadows of a Doubt” is an original composition intended to combine the feel and ambience of a sixties guitar instrumental with slightly more complex harmonies than were typical at that time.

March 23, 2017 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Thank You Girl

“Thank You Girl” was released as the “B” side of “From Me to You” in England and the “B” side to “Do You Want to Know a Secret” in the USA.

Credited to Lennon-McCartney — as were all their songs — this one apparently was the result of the two working together “eyeball to eyeball”. It is a shout out of thanks to their female fans.

My instrumental arrangement preserves the basic feel and form of the original.

March 21, 2017 at 6:59 am Leave a comment


“Mustang” was first released on a 4- song EP (Extended Play) record by the Shadows in 1961 that also included the “Theme From Shane”, the “Theme From Giant”. and a drum solo titled “Shotgun”.

Written by Jerry Lordan — who also penned the classic guitar instrumental “Apache” and a number of other Shadows hits — it shows the fascination that the British had with the “wild west” aspect of the USA.

My arrangement is based on the original but has several differences. In my opinion the drum part of the original is more military in feel than evocative of horses; my drum part is more equestrian. I also adjusted the form to what I feel is a more interesting sequence of sections.


March 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Theme From Shane

“Shane” is a 1953 American Western film from Paramount, noted for its Oscar-winning cinematography. The picture was produced and directed by George Stevens and starred Alan Ladd in the title role.

The Shadows released a version of the movie’s main theme in 1961 on a 4-cut EP record. My arrangement is based on theirs.

March 17, 2017 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment


“Galveston” was released in 1969 by Glen Campbell. Written by Jimmy Webb, it was the follow-up to “Wichita Lineman” (also a Webb song). It peaked at #4 in March of 1969.

March 16, 2017 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

The Heavies

“The Heavies” is surfer slang for big waves, typically over 12 feet. The Ventures 1963 album “Surfing” includes a track with this title. My version is basically a cover.

March 12, 2017 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment


“Escape” was originally a track on the Ventures 1966 album “Go With the Ventures”. While this particular album primarily features covers of top-40 hits, “Escape” was something of a return to their surf-rock roots.

My arrangement takes full advantage of the surf-rock feel while adding texture via additional guitar parts.

March 12, 2017 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

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