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Suggestions for Instrumentals

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by joealso, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. joealso

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    I don't sing well and don't like to try so I enjoy playing instrumental versions of songs. Give me some suggestions (electric or acoustic, doesn't matter). Anything that's fun to play and, hopefully, incorporate the vocal melody in. Here are a few I like playing

    Cinnamon Girl
    Come on in my Kitchen
    Wichita Lineman
    Come Together
    Can't Find My Way Home
    Rollin' & Tumblin'
    Honky Tonk Women
    Willin'
    Heard it Through The Grapevine

    I also play some instrumentals - Little Martha, Ventures, etc. Not interested in Classical Gas and Sleepwalk is a little beyond me.

    I'm interested in hearing some of your suggestions. Thanks
     
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    you might want to consider The Stumble by Freddie King. and his other instrumentals. they are all quite danceable and there's plenty of room to insert your own interpretations.
     
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    Yes. And I forgot all about Hideaway. Thanks!
     
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    Seems like you got chops based on what you’re playing.
    Something fun I like to do ( I do it very poorly) is take simple or traditional songs and switch the chording up a bit to give it a little different life and add more accent leads to fill in some of that vocal harmony. Tony Rice is probably the best I can think of at it.
     
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    I do this all the time on my acoustic mainly as a way to practice keep my head and my fingers in shape and my ears too
    But also to record and perform at gigs I did a whole CD of instrumentals on a cheap classical guitar just to see if I could do it some are very similar to the ones that you have already listed

    Current ones I'm working on now are:
    Nights in White Satin
    Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
    Jose Feliciano version of Light My Fire
    Easy to be hard
    And a whole bunch of Grateful Dead song I could probably do a CD of just Grateful Dead instrumental I'm working on that eventually
    Sorry for the voice activation
    Just keep doing what you're doing it's a lot of fun
     
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    Lots of material by The Shadows and Hank Marvin to look at. Also the Meters - Cissy Strut for example.
     
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    You're very kind. Too kind. Good idea. Thanks

    Good ones. Althea is a fun one to play.
     
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    I'm not up on The Meters / Cissy Strut like I should be. That's what I love about this board. Thanks for the homework assignment.
     
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    I'm trying to work on the spaghetti western surf sounding song Apache just on solo acoustic
     
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    The Beatles' And I Love Her is a nice chord/melody to work out.
     
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    You have some beautiful tunes in your list.
    When I was in my early twenties Easy to be hard was a song I could play all night long, now that I’m soon to be 70 and have arthritis it’s not so easy anymore. I’ve pretty much give up even trying.
     
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    Buckaroo
    Chaparral
    Albatross
    Walk Don’t Run
     
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    Yes!! Hideway... Clapton covered it.

    man.. someone beat me too it.
     
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    Theme tunes can be fun. The Pirates had some with this :-

     
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    Thanks a couple things:
    I only play music and drive Uber now and basically I say that because I feel compelled to play a lot of guitar because it's now my income also I love to play

    I play hours every day because sometimes I just don't know what else to do so playing instrumentals keeps my brain active and maybe fights off aging I don't know

    Lastly with respect to my real technique, I'm only a two finger finger picker thumb and forefinger or thumb and middle finger
    So I never really playi Melody and Rhythm independently of each other it's always give and take

    And the songs I pick sort of have to fit in my limited technique simple and solid is what I shoot for
     
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    I’ve been working on a chord/vocal melody of Dirty Work by Steely Dan the last couple of days. It’s simple but has some nice changes. I’ll still add vocals once I get it down.
     
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    A couple Neil Young instrumentals:

    “Dead Man”
    “Emperor Of Wyoming”
     
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    Let’s straighten it out
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    Both slow enough for me.... easy lyrics to remember, glorious places to solo....






    Edit... oh yeah, old love, again, easy lyrics, slowish and fine places to try a solo....

     
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