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Suggestions for Instrumentals

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

  1. Geo

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    This one has a nice groove to it and open to arrangement. Ry Cooder's tune is somewhat similar with a slightly different title.


     
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    I've always loved Cooder's arrangement and, even though I knew it was a cover, I never sought out the original. Thanks for posting it. Really nice!
     
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    Absolutely stunning interpretation of the melody in this timeless classic.

     
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    First thing I thought of...listen to all the 3D textural detail. You could keep or delete various elements while retaining the basic rhythm chords and vocal melody and tailor this to fit in a range of genres, or a range of ensemble situations. It could work with one guitarist or multiple guitarists.



    Here’s another that could be a fun challenge, how’s your piano-emulating fingerpicking?

     
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    That Cal Webway Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Take a regular old singing song no matter the genre, and turn it into your thing,
    an instrumental interpretation!!

    Winner!
     
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    One's that I do for myself that other's seem to enjoy -
    In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
    This Masquerade
    I Want It That Way
     
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    I was going to suggest this one also. I fool around with it occasionally, I've seen these guys play it a million times, always loved the song so I'm trying to make it a performance piece type thing

    They used to do the Ry Cooder instrumental version then one day they discovered it had lyrics!
     
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    There's been quite a few versions over the years


    This one is entertaining, a Czech band who seem to have learned the lyrics phonetically
     
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    OK, Tele stuff, some amazing playing/tone in this song!: Try 3:30
     
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    I can’t sing at all and I know it which is why I focus on instrumentals. Mostly surf music and some short versions of songs that can be fingerpicked (Shallow, Hotel California, Julia, Blackbird etc).
    I know a ton of surf songs but some of them are obscure so most people have never heard them.
    If I could sight read music (not just tab) I always thought the best thing to do is play the melody of familiar songs on lead guitar with a rhythm guitarist or a backing track. At least the songs should be recognizable so the audience is interested. The Ventures did that a lot.
     
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    Black Sabbath - Laguna Sunrise
    Randy Rhoads - Dee
    +1 on the Meters
     
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    You might want to try something by the Grateful Dead. Dark Star could be a place to start. 20 minutes of open jam while the vocals last about a minute and a half.

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    Yes, and take the simplest way out: Space Rock. Öresund Space Collective (ÖSC), the shortest "song" is like 25 minutes, and connect to a delay pedal, choose a key and groove to play in and stay there, just noodle around with improvised solos, until hell freezes over. Jam jam and then some. And after that, jam some more (think of the Python skit, with "spam" but change out that word to "jam" instead)... Off you go... ;)
     
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    "Ballad of Hollis Brown" in Dm, with double drop D tuning. Arrange it your own way, to incorporate the vocal melody into the guitar part. Fun, great sounding, and easy.

    ...and/or "4+20" by Stephen Stills...because it's such a great guitar part to play, but playing it and singing it at the same time is really tough.

    "Sunflower River Blues" by John Fahey.
     
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    Yes... Sweet Dreams....
    simple chord progression and lots of room to improvise...
     
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    everybody enjoys a bit of death metal.
     
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    most songs can be turned into instrumentals, like so

     
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    Strawberry fields forever:
     
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    Yeah! If you're open to the idea of blues based jazz, there's a world of great instrumental music out there, and the organ trio stuff with Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell and Grady Tate is a favorite of mine. Really anything by Kenny Burrell is pretty inspiring. Although his chops were unreal, his playing was so tasteful and bluesy that it's a lot more accessible than the more chops oriented stuff by Joe Pass, George Benson, Wes Montgomery and many others. You may find some of his material worth trying.
     
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    Hopefully my 2nd post in the thread suggesting jazz oriented stuff doesn't get me kicked off TDPRI :)

    Any appetite for Brazilian music? Gorgeous stuff with soul that's guitar based and has a long history of people who don't sound like singers recording vocal albums. Check out Antonio Carlos Jobim's "The Composer of Desifinado Sings"

    James Taylor has said in interviews that this music was a big influence on him, and you can hear it in the chords and voicings of many of his pieces.
     
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