Posts filed under ‘Baritone Guitar’

Marooned in Space

“Marooned in Space” is an original instrumental intended to be similar to the style of the Ventures’ “outer-space” material. This particular sub-genre was kicked off by the Tornadoes hit “Telstar” in 1962. Quite a few copycats quickly followed.

The Ventures released “The Ventures in Space” in 1964, and was reportedly the first one which featured their use of Mosrite guitars.

March 24, 2020 at 6:28 am Leave a comment

Speed Queen Shimmy

“Speed Queen Shimmy” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of early 1960s guitar rock similar to the Ventures.

February 16, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Bari is Back

“Bari is Back” is an original instrumental guitar-rock/rockabilly track to commemorate the new body I got for my baritone guitar.

January 28, 2020 at 6:32 am Leave a comment


This is my cover of “Polaris”, which was a 1963 instrumental rock song released by the Boys, a British group. It was released only in the UK and Australia.

It is similar in many ways to the 1962 mega-hit, “Telstar”, and its title referred to what was at the time an advanced nuclear submarine.

In the original, the lead is performed on a 6-string bass. I am using a baritone guitar, and have transposed the song up a whole step.

May 9, 2019 at 3:22 pm 1 comment

The Lonely Surfer

“The Lonely Surfer” was a top-40 single and album title track in 1963 for Jack Nitzsche.  The Ventures waited until the 1990s to do an arrangement.

You may not have heard of Jack Nitzsche as a leader, but he had an enormous career in popular music.

He was a major contributor to Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”, working as an arranger on some of Spector’s greatest productions. He played keyboards on numerous mid-1960s sessions by the Rolling Stones, and did choral arrangements for that group’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

He was involved with Neil Young recordings as producer, arranger, and keyboardist. He co-wrote the classic “Needles and Pins.” He arranged and produced for everyone from Tim Buckley, Lou Christie, the Walker Brothers, and Marianne Faithfull to the Monkees, Lesley Gore, the Neville Brothers, and Graham Parker.

And he was one of the most respected soundtrack composers of the late twentieth century, working on the scores to PerformanceOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestBlue CollarAn Officer and a Gentleman, and The Crossing Guard.

February 12, 2019 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

Razz Bari

“Razz Bari” is an original, early 1960’s-style, riff-driven instrumental rock track. It features a baritone guitar handling the lead part.

Duane Eddy frequently used baritone and 6-string bass guitars in his recordings. The Shadows also utilized a 6-string bass occasionally, typically in a very noticeable manner.

However, I have found no Ventures tracks that use baritone or 6-string bass as the lead instrument. Likely there are some out there that I just haven’t run across yet.

October 25, 2018 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Cue Ball

“Cue Ball” 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 early 60’s style of surf rock and the Ventures.

September 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

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