Posts filed under ‘Ventures’


“Sleepwalk” needs no introduction. A number one hit in 1959 for Santo and Johnny, there may be no better song in the world for a slow dance or for watching the submarine races. It has also probably been covered by more guitarists and guitar groups than any other single instrumental song.



January 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

Changing Tides

“Changing Tides” is an album track from the Ventures’ 1963 album “Surfing”. It’s actually much more of a moody, ambient composition that a surf-rocker. I have made a few minor changes to the original for my arrangement.

January 1, 2018 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Yellow Jacket

“Yellow Jacket” was an album track for the Ventures, from Colorful Ventures. As far as I know, it was never released as a single. Still, it’s pretty catchy garage-band style rock’n’roll. You might note a resemblance to the “American Bandstand” theme.

December 30, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Slotted in the Barrel

“Slotted in the Barrel” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is in a Ventures/Surf Rock style.

October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Impact Zone

“Impact Zone” is an original surf-rock composition in which I try (and I think I succeed) in getting a pretty authentic sounding Ventures/garage rock vibe.

September 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Big Dog Boogie

Back in the fifties and sixties when people regularly bought albums as well as singles, the album “filler” track became a staple of the recording industry. Often put together on the fly and as an afterthought when the probable “hits” had been completed, these “filler” tracks occasionally took on a life of their own. Their unexpected popularity may have resulted from the uninhibited improvisations that often created them.

This is how “Big Dog Boogie” felt to me as I started noodling the main riff. Simple yet catchy, all it needed was some solos and a “B” section. Careful not to overthink it, I quickly threw together a bridge.

This is the result. I hope you like it.

September 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

Fuzz Ball

“Fuzz Ball” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s guitar bands like the Ventures.  This one features a lead baritone guitar through a fuzz-tone.

September 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

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