Posts filed under ‘12-string’

Morning Shadows

“Morning Shadows” is an original instrumental composition intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

August 7, 2020 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

Hotel California

This is my instrumental cover of the Eagles’ hit “Hotel California”.

It is the title track from the Eagles’ album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics). The Eagles’ original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh.

My arrangement rocks things up a bit and was intended, at least somewhat, to imagine how the Ventures might have handled it.

June 6, 2020 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

In the Mood

This is my cover of “In the Mood“, a popular big band-era jazz standard recorded by American bandleader Glenn Miller. A No. 1 hit, it topped the charts for 13 straight weeks in 1940 in the U.S.

My version is based on the Shadow’s version from their 1964 album “Dance With the Shadows”.

March 13, 2020 at 6:33 am Leave a comment

All Day

“All Day” was the B-side to the Shadows 1962 number one UK hit, “Dance On”. Written by Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, it is a simple affair with only two chords tonic and dominant. The title apparently resulted from the band having to sit around and wait for a long period of time at the Abbey Road studios.

On the original recording, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch each played a bouzouki.  For my cover version I used the acoustic 12-strings on my Line6 Variax.

February 26, 2018 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

The Last Shadow

“The Last Shadow” is an original 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. This one is similar to the style of the Shadows.

October 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

The Twelfth Shadow

“The Twelfth Shadow” is an original 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. This one is similar to the style of the Shadows, but with the addition of an electric 12-string part intended to evoke a George Harrison vibe.

 

September 5, 2017 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

I Should Have Known Better

I Should Have Known Better” was composed by John Lennon  (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and originally issued on A Hard Day’s Night, their soundtrack for the film of the same name released July 10, 1964. I Should Have Known Better was also issued as the B-side of the U.S. single A Hard Day’s Night released July 13, 1964.

My instrumental version is a bit faster than the original and is also surf-ier. It does preserve the prominent 12-string guitar part.

August 25, 2017 at 6:58 am Leave a comment

Turn Turn Turn

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)“, was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title, which is repeated throughout the song and the final two lines, are adapted word-for-word from the English version of the first eight verses of the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes. The song was originally released in 1962 as “To Everything There Is a Season” on the Limeliters’ album Folk Matinee and then some months later on Seeger’s own The Bitter and the Sweet.

The song became an international hit in late 1965 when it was adapted by the American folk rock group the Byrds. The single entered the record chart at number 80 on October 23, 1965, before reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 4, 1965.

My instrumental arrangement is an encapsulation of the Byrd’s version, featuring the 12-string electric part originated by Roger McGuinn.

July 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Double Courses

“Double Courses” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s folk-rock. The lead instrument is an electric 12-string guitar, which I emulate on my Line6 Variax.

July 3, 2017 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

You Won’t See Me

You Won’t See Me” is from the album Rubber Soul. Credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was written by Paul McCartney.

The song is reportedly about a crisis in McCartney’s relationship with his then-girlfriend Jane Asher. She was not returning his phone calls and ignoring him. The somewhat biting tone is a contrast to McCartney’s usually happier love songs. It was musically influenced by the Four Tops’ then-current hit “It’s the Same Old Song”.

My instrumental arrangement is based on the original.

June 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Jangle

“Jangle” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s folk-rock. It features a prominent 12-string guitar.

June 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Duodenary

“Duodenary” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s folk-rock. It features a prominent 12-string guitar accompaniment.

June 23, 2017 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

Rick

“Rick” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s folk-rock. It features a prominent 12-string guitar accompaniment.

June 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

Grayflower

“Grayflower” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with more a sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that style. This one is very much like the Shadows approach.

June 20, 2017 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride” was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Issued as a single in April 1965, it became the Beatles’ seventh consecutive number 1 hit in the United Kingdom and their third consecutive number 1 hit in the United States. The song was also included on their 1965 studio album Help!.

My instrumental arrangement preserves the feel of the original while adding a few additional details to help the tune work as an instrumental.

May 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

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