Posts filed under ‘Instrumental Rock’

Lute Prelude

This is my arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C minor, BWV 999 – commonly known as the “Lute Prelude”. It was sometime between 1717 and 1723. Though originally composed for Lute-Harpsichord it has since been adapted for various instruments, including lute, piano and guitar. It is a staple of the classical guitar repertoire.

Since my musical  education is a traditional, classical one, and since my guitar training was entirely in classical guitar, this arrangement came together fairly smoothly.

June 19, 2020 at 7:22 am Leave a comment

Silvan Shadows

“Silvan Shadows” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Shadows.

June 8, 2020 at 7:56 am Leave a comment

Hotel California

This is my instrumental cover of the Eagles’ hit “Hotel California”.

It is the title track from the Eagles’ album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics). The Eagles’ original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh.

My arrangement rocks things up a bit and was intended, at least somewhat, to imagine how the Ventures might have handled it.

June 6, 2020 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

A Fistful of Dollars

This is my cover of the main theme from “A Fistful of Dollars”. Composed by Ennio Morricone, it was part of his score for the 1964 Sergio Leone “spaghetti western”, which gave Clint Eastwood his first starring movie role.

In spite of the prominence of guitars in the original version, I could find no versions by any contemporaneous instrumental rock groups.

 

June 3, 2020 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Melodie

This is my arrangement of “Melodie”. It is one of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s (1843 – 1907) “Lyric Pieces for Piano” (Op 47 No 3) and was first published in 1888.

My setting was inspired in part by the Shadows’ “A Sigh“, which was based on Franz Liszt’s “Un Sospiro”. Classical piano music can translate very well to a guitar instrumental format. I have previously arranged Edward MacDowell’s “To a Wild Rose

June 1, 2020 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

Hodad Lockdown

“Hodad Lockdown” is an original instrumental intended to evoke the early 1960s style of the Ventures and surf rock.

May 26, 2020 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

The Ecstasy of Gold

This is my cover of “The Ecstasy of Gold”. Composed by Ennio Morricone, it was part of his score for the 1966 Sergio Leone film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The music is played near the end of the film while the character Tuco (played by Eli Wallach) is frantically searching a cemetery for the grave that holds $200,000 in gold coins. It is one of the most well known of Morricone’s themes.

I could find no versions by any contemporaneous instrumental rock groups. However, Metallica regularly used “The Ecstasy of Gold” as the introductory music for its concerts.

May 23, 2020 at 7:30 am Leave a comment

Swells

“Swells” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Shadows. Hank Marvin was one of the first rock guitarists to incorporate a volume pedal into his playing.

May 22, 2020 at 7:20 am Leave a comment

The Hungry Hodad

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May 19, 2020 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Cowboy Chords

“Cowboy Chords” is an original instrumental intended to evoke the style of the Ventures early 1960’s “country” numbers.

May 17, 2020 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

The Bat

This is my cover of “The Bat”, which was the opening track n the Ventures 1964 album, “Ventures in Space”.  It was composed by Lou Forbes  as the title theme for the 1959 film “The Bat”, which starred Vincent Price.

May 14, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Invaders from Uranus

“Invaders from Uranus” 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.

May 12, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Omoide No Nagisa

This is my instrumental cover of “Omoide No Nagisa ( 銀色の道 )” – in English, “Beach of Memories”, a song written by the Japanese team of Shigeki Torizuka and Kunihiko Kase. It was a vocal hit in Japan in 1967.

Both the Ventures and the Shadows recorded instrumental versions of this song for the Japanese market.

My arrangement is not based on either of those, but has a traditional 1960’s type feel.

May 11, 2020 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Gin’Iro No Michi ( 銀色の道 )

This is my instrumental cover of “Gin’Iro No Michi ( 銀色の道 )” – in English, “The Silver Road”, a song written by Japanese composer H. Miyagawa.

Both the Ventures and the Shadows recorded this song. The Shadows version presents the tune in a couple of different rhythmic settings. The Ventures version changes key for each repetition.

I felt that the meaning of the title “The Silver Road” warranted a galloping horse musical feel in my arrangement.

 

May 7, 2020 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

The Man From Uncle

This is my cover of the theme from “The Man From Uncle”, a tongue-in-cheek spy-fiction television series produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television and first broadcast on NBC. The series follows secret agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work for a secret international counterespionage and law-enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E. The series ran from September 22, 1964 until January 15, 1968. The theme was composed by Jerry Goldsmith.

April 30, 2020 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

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