Ave Maria

This is my instrumental arrangement of the version of “Ave Maria” where French composer Charles Gounod wrote a melody over J. S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book One. In my arrangement I tried to give it an 80s-ballad type of setting.

June 12, 2021 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

When the Time Comes

“When the Time Comes” is an original instrumental intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

June 11, 2021 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

Space Ex-Zero

“Space Ex-Zero” is an original instrumental intended to sound similar to one of my favorite guitar-rock sub-genres, “Space-Rock”. This style is exemplified by the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space”, and features unusual chord changes and spacy sound effects.

June 10, 2021 at 7:49 am Leave a comment

Once and a While

“Once and a While” is an original instrumental in a jazz/rock/fusion style.

June 5, 2021 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

Shadows Quickie

“Shadows Quickie” is an original instrumental intended to sound like something the Shadows might have recorded in the early 1960s. In particular with this tune I wanted a basic, “just the guys”, instrumental that would not have been “produced” with additional strings or arrangements. I also wanted to see how long it would take me to do it, from start to finish – composition to completed recording. Not counting the time to edit the video, it was two hours.

June 4, 2021 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

Solar Flair

“Solar Flair” is an original instrumental intended to sound similar to one of my favorite guitar-rock sub-genres, “Space-Rock”. This style is exemplified by the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space”, and features unusual chord changes and spacy sound effects.

June 3, 2021 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

What You Won’t Do for Love

This is my instrumental cover of “What You Won’t Do for Love”, which was a top-10 hit for singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Bobby Caldwell in 1979.

May 29, 2021 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

If This Could Be the Last

“If This Could Be the Last” is an original instrumental intended to have a “nostalgic” vibe.

May 28, 2021 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

More Cheep Philz

“More Cheep Philz” is an original instrumental intended to sound like one of my favorite “genres” — which is 12-bar based instrumentals used to fill up albums by instrumental groups like the Ventures back in the early 1960s.

May 27, 2021 at 7:32 am Leave a comment

Genesis

This is my cover of “Genesis”, which was composed by Hank Levine and released as the “B-side” to the Ventures 1962 single, “Yellow Jacket”, which did not chart. It never appeared on any album, as far as I can tell.

This track qualifies as a “deep cut” to me. I only just discovered it yesterday, and I have been studying, transcribing, arranging and recording Ventures material for a decade or more…and have done over 150 of their songs. It is quite unlike anything else they ever did – it is very atmospheric/ambient in nature. They apparently never played it live, either.

Composer Hank Levine did the orchestral arrangements for the Ventures 1961 album “Colorful Ventures” and also composed one of the tracks on it, “Silver City”. “Yellow Jacket” was also on “Colorful Ventures”.

I used my baritone guitar for the lead part.

May 23, 2021 at 7:56 am Leave a comment

Once When I Was Much Older

“Once When I Was Much Older” is an original instrumental intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

May 21, 2021 at 7:16 am Leave a comment

Finger Pickin’ Shuffle #2

“Finger Pickin’ Shuffle #2” is an original instrumental intended to be similar in style to some of the early country-influenced Ventures tracks.

May 20, 2021 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

The McCoy

This is my cover of “The McCoy”, an instrumental which was the “B-side” to the Ventures first hit “Walk Don’t Run” in 1960 on the “Dolton” label. The B-side to the earlier “Blue Horizon” version was “Home”. “The McCoy” also appeared as a track on the Ventures debut album. Composed by founding members Bob Boble and Don Wilson, It is a twelve-bar blues in E which features the two guitarists exchanging leads on alternating verses.

May 18, 2021 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Theme from ‘Plains Rider’

“Theme from ‘Plains Rider'” is an original instrumental intended to sound like the main theme of a Western movie as performed by the Shadows.

May 15, 2021 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

Now Is Not a Good Time

“Now Is Not a Good Time” is an original instrumental intended to sound like something the Shadows might have recorded in the 1980s.

May 14, 2021 at 7:57 am Leave a comment

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