Posts filed under ‘Baritone Guitar’

Hang Six

Surf’s Up! “Hang Six” is an original surf-rock, riff-driven instrumental featuring a lead baritone guitar complemented by a twangy regular electric.



June 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

Knight Rupert

“Knight Rupert” is from Robert Schumann’s “Album for the Young”. “Knight Rupert” is a form of “Knecht Ruprecht” — who is a companion of Saint Nicholas as described in the folklore of Germany.

He acts as a foil to the benevolent Christmas gift-bringer, threatening to thrash or abduct disobedient children. Ruprecht wears a black or brown robe with a pointed hood. He carries a long staff and a bag of ashes.

I thought Schumann’s spooky composition would lend itself to a 60’s guitar-rock instrumental setting.

June 13, 2017 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment

The Wild Horseman

“The Wild Horseman” (Wilder Reiter) is from Robert Schumann’s Album for the Young (Album für die Jugend), Op. 68, which was composed in 1848 for his three daughters.

Here it is redone as a 1960’s style guitar rock instrumental.

June 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

The Fool on the Hill

“The Fool on the Hill” was written and sung by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and recorded in 1967. It was included on the “Magical Mystery Tour” EP, album, and the Magical “Mystery Tour” film.

Though one of the more popular songs from “Magical Mystery Tour”, the Beatles never released it as a single. Sergio Mendes took a version to #6 on the US charts in 1968.

My instrumental arrangement is based on the Beatles version.

June 3, 2017 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

I Feel Fine

I Feel Fine” was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released in 1964 by the Beatles as the A-side of their eighth British single. The B-side was “She’s a Woman”.

The single reached the top of the British charts in December 1964 and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 charts for three weeks in late 1964/early 1965.

My version has the same basic feel as the original with a few changes in different sections to add the necessary variety to support an instrumental approach. Perhaps the most major change I made was to play the song’s signature riff on a baritone guitar, down an octave from the original.

May 23, 2017 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

Hazy Shade of Winter

“A Hazy Shade of Winter”, written by Paul Simon, was released by Simon & Garfunkel on October 22, 1966 as a stand-alone single. It was subsequently included on the duo’s fourth studio album, Bookends (1968). The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1987, The Bangles recorded a cover version of the song that peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

My instrumental version is based heavily on the Simon and Garfunkel original, but has a beefier, thicker sound due to the use of a baritone guitar for what was the original 12-string riff — and also more rhythm parts.


May 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Exploration in Terror

“Exploration in Terror” is another track from the 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was written by members Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Nokie Edwards. The original recording featured a very prominent Tam-Tam (Gong) throughout. My arrangement includes a toned-down role for this distinctive sound. My arrangement also replaces the original lead guitar with a baritone guitar, which I think adds to the “spookiness” of the overall vibe.

May 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

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