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Classical Gas

This is my arrangement for two guitars of the 1968 instrumental hit “Classical Gas”. It was composed and originally performed by Mason Williams with instrumental backing by members of the Wrecking Crew.

Originally named “Classical Gasoline”, the tune was envisioned to be “fuel” for the classical guitar repertoire. The title was later inadvertently shortened by a music copyist.

Williams was the head writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour at the time of the piece’s release and premiered the composition on the show.

“Classical Gas” was frequently performed by both Nokie Edwards and Gerry McGee live during concerts by the Ventures as well as in their own solo concerts.

March 17, 2020 at 6:25 am Leave a comment


This is my instrumental version of “Corcovado” (known in English as “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”) It was written by Antônio Carlos Jobim in 1960. An English lyric was later written by Gene Lees. The Portuguese title refers to the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

January 25, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

A la nanita nana

“A la nanita nana” is a traditional Christmas carol that has become a popular lullaby in the Hispanic world. The composer was José Ramón Gomis, born in 1856 in Novelda, Alicante, Spain; the lyrics were written by Juan Francisco Muñoz y Pabón. The carol was published in 1904.

December 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm 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.

Click here to listen.

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

Classical Corner IX

This is another dance piece from the 1610 collection, Varietie of Lute Lessons. It was performed with a capo on the 3rd fret and the third string tuned down 1/2 step.

March 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Classical Corner VIII

This delightful dance piece is from the collection “Varietie of Lute Lessons”, compiled in 1610. Sir John Smith, his Almain, a stately dance, was composed for the Lute by the great English composer John Dowland (1563 – 1626), also noted for his wonderful Lute-accompanied art songs.

This was performed with a capo on the 3rd fret and the third string tuned down 1/2 step.

March 14, 2013 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Classical Corner VII

Domenico Scarlatti (26 October 1685 – 23 July 1757) was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families. He is classified as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was influential in the development of the Classical style. Like his renowned father Alessandro Scarlatti he composed in a variety of musical forms, although today he is known mainly for his 555 keyboard sonatas.

The original key of this Sonata is C minor — here it is transposed to E minor to lie better on the guitar.

January 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

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