Archive for June, 2018

Echo Boogie

“Echo Boogie” was the “B-side” to Jorgen Ingmann’s 1961 instrumental hit “Apache”.

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June 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Caterpillar Crawl

“The Caterpillar Crawl” was released by The Strangers in the summer of 1959. Primarily a western states regional hit,  it reached the top 50 nationally.

June 28, 2018 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

Cantharellis

“Cantharellis” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of the Shadows.

June 25, 2018 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

The Last Ride

“The Last Ride” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more complex musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the 60’s style of the Ventures — and of the theme song of a Western movie or TV show. My baritone guitar is featured here.

June 20, 2018 at 6:18 pm Leave a comment

Lets’ Go, Here We Go!

“Lets’ Go, Here We Go!” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more complex musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of surf rock and the Ventures.

June 19, 2018 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

White Silver Sands

“White Silver Sands” was written in 1957 by Charles ‘Red’ Matthews, although partial authorship is also claimed by Gladys Reinhart. The song was a big hit for Don Rondo in the summer of 1957, and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Charts.

The Ventures included the song on their 1961 album, “Colorful Ventures”. Each track on the album features a color in the title.

My arrangement is basically a cover of the Ventures approach except for the half-step modulation at the end.

June 18, 2018 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Blue Skies

Blue Skies”  was written by Irving Berlin in 1926. It has been recorded both as a vocal and instrumental by countless artists in many all genres, including jazz, country, and rock.

The Ventures included the song on their 1961 album, “Colorful Ventures”. Each track on the album features a color in the title.

My arrangement is very much based on theirs, although they didn’t wind up sounding all that much alike when I was done.

June 17, 2018 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

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