Archive for May, 2014

Taco Cat

For this original number, titled “Taco Cat”, I’ve again tapped my classic rock and funk roots. I think this is a fun, fairly high energy track.

The instrumental setting is a well-established format: guitar, bass, B-3, and drums. As always, I played the guitar and bass parts, and relied on my midi composing and arranging skills for the organ and drums parts.




May 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment


‘Maytime’ is a new original tune. I’ve been doing arrangements and cover recordings for several months, and wanted to back to some original material.

The style is sort of “jazz/funk/fusion”, and the arrangement for gutar, bass, keyboard and drums. As is my normal practice, I played the guitar and bass parts while programming the drum and keyboard tracks.

‘Maytime’ is also the name of a movie musical with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. There is no connection here.


May 16, 2014 at 6:03 am Leave a comment

Manic Depression

This is something I’ve actually thought about doing for some time. Like most guitarists active today, I count Jimi Hendrix as a major influence.

I have have always found Manic Depression to be one of the more interesting tunes from his first album, probably because of the triple meter — unusual for a hard rock song.

It seemed to me that the triple meter might allow a treatment with something of a jazz feel. So that’s what I’ve done here while preserving plenty of rock to come through.

My arrangement is for guitar, keyboard, bass and drums.



May 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment


“Penetration” was a 1964 instrumental hit, cracking the top 20, for the Pyramids. In some ways, it can be considered one of the last surf-rock instrumental hits. While there were certainly instrumental hits after this, they were not tied to the surf genre. Like most of the popular guitar instrumentals of the time, the Ventures also recorded the tune.

My arrangement is for guitar, bass and drums. I played the guitar and bass parts, and programmed the drums using loops.




May 4, 2014 at 6:58 am Leave a comment


As released by Petula Clark in 1964, this song by songwriter Tony Hatch reached number one on the Billboard charts. Something of a “Crossover” hit, Petula Clark’s main audience was primarily adult at the time, yet this track went on to become popular with listeners of all ages all over the world. The song was originally conceived as a likely number for the Drifters — not too hard to imagine.


My arrangement is for guitar, bass and drums. It strikes me as a combination of 60’s style guitar instrumentals and Johnny A. I played the guitar and bass parts, and programmed the drums using loops.


May 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

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May 2014