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Suggestions for Instrumentals

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

  1. doghouseman

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    i used to do instrumentals of ‘do it again’ by steely dan and ‘while my guitar gently weeps’ by the Beatles.
     
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    Jimmy Smith Jazz/Blues from 1963, "Back at the Chicken Shack" Makes a good guitar instrumental, usually in "F" plenty of versions/lessons on the Tube
     
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    Joe: i'm also not a good singer, but i'd like to point out that there are a certain amount of rock songs that even a non-singer can sing. the first one i'll mention is "black magic woman/gypsy queen". even a mono-tone croaking toad like me can make it work fairly well. also, on your list, i don't think you've got to be perry como to hash out "Honky tonk woman" or "come together". and you could hunt down many others. hey, just wait til everybody's fairly sloshed, and do it as a sing along!

    i want to encourage what you are doing - i would gladly come out to hear an all instrumental band who really knows what they are doing and sound good!

    do you think "too rolling stoned" would make a decent instrumental? it's not too hard to play, but you need a good bass player.
     
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    We play Venus by shocking blue. Folks of all ages seem to dig it
     
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    Good suggestions. Thanks for sharing the clips.
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement, Mr. Byrd. You're on to something. While my voice isn't "that" bad and I certainly don't mind singing backup (not harmony) but I'm 1) just not good enough to sing well and 2) it's honestly not much fun for me to sing. I like playing. That's fun. As for Too Rollin' Stoned, well, there's no way I could do Robin any justice. May be a little too obscure for anyone to know it - then again, that could be a good thing. ;)
     
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    I second T-byrd’s recommendation to at least try singing. Even if you don’t find it fun to do, I guarantee 90% of any audience you have, would rather hear less than stellar singing over endless guitar noodling. I wasn’t good at singing when I started 20 years ago, but I kept at it and now it’s my favorite part of making music.
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement.
     
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    Me myself sings so poorly that even deaf people refuses to read my lips. :eek:

    Thus, I am all into intrumentals. From old blues, surf tracks, to movie themes, to jazz fusion stalwarts of the 70s. Jeff Beck sings with his guitar, that's enough for me to pursue the "no-speak" vibe.
     
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    Bell bottom blues would work as a solo piece.
    I've been playing the piano outro to Layla for decades, nice chords and melody that's easy to adapt to guitar.
     
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    Bell Bottom Blues is a great suggestion. Nice easy melody, relatively recognizable and nice fills. Thanks.
     
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    Something from left of centre, I used to see a guy play Real Men by Joe Jackson on a nylon string guitar, the tonality of the instrument really suited the song, but could work on electric too? I muck around with it from time to time
     
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    Something with some swampy tremolo might be a good sonic variation, wouldn't have to be a song that had trem on it originally, add it to a song that might be a bit plain as a solo piece and it becomes something that stands out
     
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    brookdalebill,

    you could do a mashup of those and call it "3-syllable song titles"
     
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    Roy Buchanan's Sweet Dream and The Messiah Will Come Again
     
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    Edgar Winter - "Frankenstein"
     
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    Another good one... Ronnie earl round midnight...

     
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