Posts filed under ‘Baritone Guitar’

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.

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

Zero X Theme

The “Zero X 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”. “Zero X” was one of the spacecraft in the movie.

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.

May 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

(theme from) Silver City

The “(theme from) Silver City” was released by the Ventures on their 1961 album, “Colorful Ventures”. This album featured a color in every song title. It was also released as a single that year, but did not chart.

The music was written by composer/arranger/producer Hank Levine, and — though it sounds like it could be — it is not a Western movie theme.

My version is more an arrangement than a cover.

April 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

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

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

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