Posts filed under ‘Baritone Guitar’


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

Friday on My Mind

Friday on My Mind” was first released in 1966 by Australian rock group the Easybeats. Written by band members George Young (older brother of AC/DC’s Malcom & Angus Young) and Harry Vanda, the track became a worldwide hit, reaching no. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1967 in the US.

The subject matter of the lyrics makes frequent appearances in popular music — the contrast between working during the week and having fun on the weekends.

The song has been covered by many artists with notable versions by  David Bowie, Gary Moore, Peter Frampton and Blue Oyster Cult. Interestingly, the cover was an instrumental version by the Shadows in 1967.

My instrumental version preserves most of the original guitar parts. However, I play the signature opening riff on a baritone guitar an octave lower than the original. Otherwise, as might be expected, my arrangement is more “surfy”.


June 29, 2017 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

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

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