Posts filed under ‘Baritone Guitar’

Thunderbirds Theme

“Thunderbirds Theme” was one of four tracks on the Shadows 1966 EP (Extended Play) 45 “Thunderbirds Are Go”.

“Thunderbirds Are Go” was also the title of a 1966 British science-fiction adventure film based on Thunderbirds, a 1960s television series starring marionette puppets and featuring scale model effects in a filming process dubbed “Supermarionation”.

The movie includes cameo appearances from puppets of real-life celebrities Cliff Richard and The Shadows, who also contributed to the musical score.

My baritone guitar is featured prominently in my version, which  is pretty much a cover of the original.


April 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

Fixing a Hole

Fixing a Hole” was released on the Beatles 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was written by Paul McCartney, although credited to Lennon–McCartney.

My instrumental arrangement is very different from the original feel.

October 1, 2017 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Fuzz Ball

“Fuzz Ball” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s guitar bands like the Ventures.  This one features a lead baritone guitar through a fuzz-tone.

September 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment


Chains” was composed by the husband-and-wife songwriting team Gerry Goffin and Carole King and originally recorded (but not released) by The Everly Brothers. In 1962 it was a hit for Little Eva’s backing singers, The Cookies (#17 U.S. Pop, #7 R&B), and later covered by The Beatles.

It was a popular cover song for Liverpool bands after its release in November 1962, and was included briefly in the Beatles’ live sets. They recorded it for inclusion on their British debut, Please Please Me.

My instrumental arrangement preserves the shuffle rhythm of the Beatles version.

August 4, 2017 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Twing, Twang, Twung

“Twing, Twang, Twung” is an original instrumental that combines elements of the styles of Duane Eddy, the Ventures, and the Shadows. All three are artists I’ve spent considerable time studying.

The most prominent lead instrument is the baritone guitar.


July 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment


“A-Frame” is an original surf-rock, riff-driven instrumental featuring a lead baritone guitar. The title is surf lingo for a desirable type of wave. The cross-section of an A-frame wave reveals an “A” shape where it is breaking leaving a tunnel or “barrel” for the surfer.

July 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

Think for Yourself

Think for Yourself” was written by George Harrison and included on the Beatles  1965 album Rubber Soul. Together with “If I Needed Someone”, it marked the emergence of Harrison as a gifted songwriter alongside John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

One of the distinctive features of the original is the fuzz bass part which serves as a lead guitar counterpoint to the vocal melody.

My instrumental arrangement includes this part, though in my case done on a baritone guitar. I have also added an 8-bar interlude before the final chorus.

July 2, 2017 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

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