Posts filed under ‘12-string’

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

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