"Misionera" by Fernando Bustemante
Jorge Morel's and Chet Atkins' arrangement. Inspiring piece.
"Classical Gas" by Mason Williams
Mason's arrangement with a few added touches inspired by Tommy Emmanuel.
"Imagine" by John Lennon
An arrangement inspired by Tommy Emmanuel of John Lennon's beautiful song.
"Manha de Carnival" by Luiz Bonfa
A great Brazilian classic that is satisfying to play.
"Toccata" by J.S. Bach
Philip Hii's transcription of Bach's Toccata from BWV 565.
"Misty" by Errol Garner
An arrangement of a classic pop tune.
"Andecy" by Andrew York
Andrew York's lyrical piece.
"Rings" by Eddie Reeves & Alex Harvey
Leo Kottke plays and sings this tune. I worked up an instrumental version inspired by Leo's version.
"In My Life" by Lennon & McCartney
Another beautiful tune by the Beatles. One of my favorites.
"Here Comes the Sun" by George Harrison
A "nice feeling" tune to play.
"Embryonic Journey" by Jorma Kaukonen
A fun fingerpicking tune recorded first on Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow" 1967 ablum. Reportedly the first acoustic fingerpicking tune recorded on a rock album.
"Pass the Buck" by Laurence Juber
One of Laurence Juber's fine tunes in DADGAD.
"Windy and Warm" by John D. Loudermilk
An arrangement based on Chet Atkin's version.
"Autumn Leaves" by Joseph Kosma & Johnny Mercer
A revisited arrangement inspired by the season.
"Charade" by Henry Mancini
A beautiful and haunting melody by Henry Mancini. I've seen the movie a number of times just to hear the song. This is Aaron Stang's arrangement from the Grammy winning cd "Pink Guitar", with a few changes.
"Foggy Mountain Top" by A. P. Carter
An old Carter Family tune played Chet Atkins style.
"Moondance" by Van Morrison
Van Morrison's fantabulous song. An arrangement that has gone through several different versions. This is the latest. Many thanks to Brian Gore, founder of International Guitar Night concert series, for his valuable input and suggestions on the arrangement.
"Bella Donna" by Peppino D'Agostino
A lively tune by Peppino that he wrote for his wife, Donna. It took me a long time to learn this tune and get it up to speed. It's in Open D tuning.
"Rhiannon" by Stevie Nicks
This is my take on Doug Young's arrangement of this cool tune done by Fleetwood Mac. I can't play it with the punch that Doug does, but it's fun to play anyway.
"O Pato" by Jayme Silva & Neuza Teixeira
A bossa nova classic from the 1960's that I like, based on Charlie Byrd's arrangement. It means "the duck".
"O Pato" by J. Silva & N. Teixeira
A try at sounding more Brazilian.
"Variations on Greensleeves"
A little unconventional but fun. I've been playing this arrangement for a few years but have never recorded it.
"Leola Kay" by Todd Hallawell
Todd's uplifting tune. Really fun to play with a harp-like section that's difficult to execute smoothly.
"Norwegian Wood"/"Lady Madonna" by Lennon & McCartney
A medley of two cool Beatles songs.
"Dance With Me" by John & Johanna Hall
I've always loved this early 1970's Orleans hit.
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by George Harrison
This is my take on Laurence Juber's arrangement of a classic Beatles song.
"The Water is Wide" Traditonal
This is Ed Gerhard's beautiful arrangemnet of this wonderful folk melody.
"In Christ There is No East or West" Traditional Hymn
This is a traditional hymn that was arranged by John Fahey many years ago. I heard Leo Kottke's version first then John's. They are very similar, and this is my take on it.
"And I Love Her" by Lennon & McCartney
A beautiful tune by the Beatles. I've heard a lot of solo guitar versions. I think this is my influenced combination of what I like most about the tune.
"Moon River" by Henry Mancini
This is the final version of Ed Gerhard's gorgeous arrangement of Henry Mancini's beautiful song. The Bills guitar really rings on this one.
"Little Martha" by Duane Allman
This is mostly my take on Leo Kottke's version of this tune with a quick nod to part of the original vamp. It's in Open D tuning.
"Spindrift" by Al Petteway
This is a fun little tune that mixes a little Celtic and a little North Carolina hills music together. It's in DADGAD tuning.
"Wreck of the Ole '97"
This is mostly based on the way Duck Baker played it on an early 1970's album. All aboard.....
A Chet Atkins thumb influence on this neat old song.
"Dream When You're Feeling Blue"/"Bye Bye Blues" by Mercer/Hamm, Bennett, Lown & Gray
A medley that reaches way back in my repertoire. Fun to play.
"The Claw" by Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed's fingerbuster.
"Last Thing on My Mind" by Tom Paxton
I've always liked this 1960's folk song by Tom Paxton. This version is inspired by the way Doc and Merle Watson played it.
"Ring" by Reeves & Harvey
This is a recording at Doug Young's studio. The objective was to find the optimum mic placement to capture the big low end that the player hears from the side sound hole of my Tom Bills guitar, but that is less pronounced to the listener. I think Doug found the right places. The tune is one that Leo Kottke performs, and sings. I worked up an instrumental only version. Photos of the mic placement are in the photo album.
"Samba de Orfeu" by Luiz Bonfa
The basic arrangement is Howard Heitmeyer's but I borrowed heavily from Charlie Byrd and Luiz Bonfa's original version. It was composed for the film "Black Orpheus" and is generally considered the most influential bossa nova influence to the listening public.
"Agua de Beber" by Antonio Carlos Jobim
This is a jazzy sounding Brazilian song by Jobim. It means "Water to Drink". One of the tunes I didn't get ready in time for the CD.
"One Note Samba" by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Jobim's classic based partly on a Charlie Byrd arrangement.
"Corcovado" by Antonio Carlos Jobim
This is another beautiful song by Jobim. The first one of his I learned around 1973. The arrangement is by Glen Grant, a friend and my guitar teacher at that time.
"Fountain Jumping" by Laurence Juber
This is one of my favorite Laurence Juber tunes. I think I'll be able to play it close to what I'll be happy with in about 5 years. A work in progress, but most of the notes are there. It's in DADGAD played on my Tom Bills guitar.
"Fountain Jumping" by Laurence Juber
A slower take on LJ's tune. Getting closer to fitting the notes in.
"Pass the Buck" by Laurence Juber
An updated recording of this Juber tune. The first one I did on the Lowden. This one is on the Bills.
"Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell
A tune I learned "off the record" from a Chet Atkins album in the 1970's with a little added influence from Randy Scruggs' take on the same tune he played on the great bluegrass album "Will the Circle Be Unbroken".
"Black Mountain Rag" by Tommy Magness
An updated version of this recently relearned tune. The phrasing is better under control, though not great yet. Chet Atkins' arrangement. So fun to play.
"Are You From Dixie?" by Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed's tune, without the words. I'm just learning this and it'll go through some changes. I wanted to try to get the groove of the tune going and captured so I could work from there.
"The Fisherman" by Leo Kottke
Leo Kottke's nice fingerpicking tune. Newly revisited and a quick take.
"Signe" by Eric Clapton
Eric's opening tune from his "Unplugged" CD. Not a Clapton sounding tune but I like it. Sort of Eric goes to Rio.
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" by Jerome Kern
This is a revisit to an early chord melody arrangement I used to play a lot, this time played on steel strings rather than my usual nylon strings for this tune. It was inspired by Laurindo Almeida's arrangement on his album "Broadway Solo Guitar".
"O Barquinho" by Roberto Menescal & Ronaldo Boscoli
I've wanted to learn this bossa nova classic for years. Finally got to it. The middle section will develop more as I play it longer, but here it is after about a month.
"A Minor Thing" Medley
A different thing. Snippets of 15 tunes I play that are in the Key of Am. Nothing new, just a fun thing.
"Triste" by Antonio Carlos Jobim
A very sublime melody of Jobim's. Lovely to play. It's back under my fingers after some years of not playing it.
"Everybody's Talkin'" Draft #1
First draft with slower accompaniment.
"Everybody's Talkin'" Draft #2
Faster accompaniment, just the chords.
"Puttin' on the Ritz"/"Angie"
These two tunes seemed to fit together. Ulli Bogershausen's arrangement of "Angie".
"Michelle" by Lennon & McCartney
This is a video of a wonderful guitarist, Joost Assink, who posted this on the APM Forum, demo'ing his new Kevin Ryan Cathedral guitar. The arrangement he is playing is Tommy Emmanuel's, and he does a great job on it. The harmonic technique he is using is a very difficult thing to do. Thanks for the inspiration, Joost!
"Misty" by Errol Garner
A beautiful standard played on Paul Woolson's road trip guitar.
"Rhiannon" by Stevie Nicks
Doug Young's arrangement played on Paul Woolson's guitar.
Another Beatles Medley
Played on Paul Woolson's guitar.
Ritz/Anji on Woolson
This tune was recorded in Doug Young's studio on Paul Woolson's double top Road Trip guitar on December 16, 2007. Wonderful guitar!
In Christ There is No East Or West/ Woolson
Another tune recorded in Doug Young's studio on Paul Woolsoon's double top.
In My Life_Baritone
My new Matt Mustapick baritone has inspired new takes on old tunes. This is 1 1/2 steps down from standard tuning. I love the bass and the space on the fingerboard.
Another tune on my Mustapick baritone. It's in Drop D, 1 1/2 steps below standard tuning.
One more take on one of my favorites, this time on the Mustapick baritone. Very cool sound!
Standard tuning but 1 1/2 steps down, C# to C#.
Little Martha (Baritone)
Open D tuning 1 1/2 steps lower or B to B instead of E to E.
"Moon River" (The Diamond)
This is played on Tim McKnight's Road Trip guitar called The Diamond. Many thanks to Doug Young for mixing my home recording. This is a mild EQ mix.
"Moon River" (The Diamond)2
A richer mix of "Moon River" played on The Diamond by Tim McKnight.
"Spindrift" by Al Petteway (The Diamond)
This is also played on The Diamond by Tim McKnight. Doug Young added some mild EQ after my home recording.
I recorded this in a quick take at Doug Young's studio.
This is not great sounding, because it was taken on my digital camera. I'm playing Tony Yamamoto's new resonator guitar here, at Doug Young's Mission City Coffee Roasting monthly gig. This is the end of the tune started on Video1.
This is a video that Tony Yamamoto took of me playing his guitar. It happens it's the beginning of Little Martha and Video2 is the end of it. Thanks Tony, for the video and for letting me play that cool guitar.
Embryonic Journey_The Movie
Another video from the Mission Coffee gig, March 2008. Here I'm playing my Mustapick baritone.
This is my first recording using the Zoom H2 recorder. This is the "dry" mix. The guitar is the Prisloe.
This is in standard but tuned down to B. This is lower than I usually play. Very somber tone. Think 1960's French film noir.
"Windy and Warm" duet
My friend John Begley and I worked up an arrangement of John D. Loudermilk's tune and played it at Doug Young's Acoustic Guitar Night in Santa Clara, CA in April, 2009. Tony Yamamoto, builder of fine guitars, took the video. Thanks John and Tony!
Another duet with John. John's on mandolin. Cool improvisations.
With several flubs.
"Agua de Beber" video
A Jobim tune, meaning "Water to Drink".
Leo Kottke sings this one often in his concerts. No singing here, though.
I couldn't seem to get the pull-off's in the opening phrase at all. Al Petteway's tune.
"The Claw" video
Jerry Reed's tune. Several flubs here. I got the ending okay. :)
"Me and Bobby McGee"
A Kris Kristofferson song based on Chet Atkins' version.
"Jimmie Brown The News Boy"
An old Carter Family song based on Norman Blake's playing of it.
"Last Thing On My Mind"
A Tom Paxton tune I learned many years ago, inspired by Doc Watson's version.
Learned many years ago and still remembered. A cool tune. Elizabeth Cotton wrote it and the Seeger family brought her to the public's attention. She played left handed and upside down and got all those melody and bass notes, in spite of it.
A version inspired by the guitar I was playing. My friend John Begley has a wonderful Lowden and we were just playing around in his studio awhile back. The nuances of the guitar brought out a different version for me. Not perfect, just inspired.