Posts filed under ‘Folk Rock’

Everyone is from Somewhere

“Everyone is from Somewhere” 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 there is a sort of “folk rock meets the Ventures” feel.

July 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

House of the Rising Sun

The House of the Rising Sun” is a traditional folk song. The most successful commercial version, recorded in 1964 by British rock group the Animals, was a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart and also in the United States and France.

The Ventures included an instrumental version on their 1964 album “Walk Don’t Run Vol. 2”. It was based on the Animals hit, and included both the guitar arpeggios and the prominent organ part. I have heard live versions of the Ventures doing the song, and while they feature the arpeggios, they otherwise take a different approach.

I have used these live versions as my jumping off point. I have also returned the song to it’s original folk meter of 3/4 — the Animals version is in 6/8.

May 10, 2018 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Tell Me What You See

Tell Me What You See” first appeared in 1965 on their album Help! in the United Kingdom and on Beatles VI in the United States. As with all Beatles compositions by either of the two, the song is credited to Lennon–McCartney.  However, the consensus is that it is entirely Paul McCartney’s work.

My instrumental arrangement preserves much of the feel of the original while adding some additional rhythmic variety.

September 11, 2017 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Make It with You

Make It with You” was written by David Gates and released by his group Bread. Gates reportedly played every instrument on the track except the drum part.

The song first appeared on Bread’s 1970 album, On the Waters. Released as a single that June, it was the group’s first top-ten and only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

My instrumental arrangement attempts to recreate much of the original feel.

July 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

Turn Turn Turn

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)“, was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title, which is repeated throughout the song and the final two lines, are adapted word-for-word from the English version of the first eight verses of the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes. The song was originally released in 1962 as “To Everything There Is a Season” on the Limeliters’ album Folk Matinee and then some months later on Seeger’s own The Bitter and the Sweet.

The song became an international hit in late 1965 when it was adapted by the American folk rock group the Byrds. The single entered the record chart at number 80 on October 23, 1965, before reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 4, 1965.

My instrumental arrangement is an encapsulation of the Byrd’s version, featuring the 12-string electric part originated by Roger McGuinn.

July 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Double Courses

“Double Courses” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s folk-rock. The lead instrument is an electric 12-string guitar, which I emulate on my Line6 Variax.

July 3, 2017 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment


“Jangle” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s folk-rock. It features a prominent 12-string guitar.

June 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

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