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Phenakistoscope

I wrote this instrumental fingerstyle song half a life ago, but I wanted to try out the electric piano and drum set that I bought recently, so I pulled it out of the vault. [more inside]
posted by umbú on Feb 6, 2017 - 11 comments

Lilly Polka

A lovely little early fingerstyle composition for the banjo by Frank B. Converse, from his 1865 New and Complete Method for the Banjo With or Without a Master.
posted by usonian on Dec 5, 2016 - 7 comments

Darling Nelly Gray

Fretless recording of an 1868 James Buckley finger style banjo arrangement of a tremendously popular song written in 1856 by Benjamin Hanby. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 6, 2016 - 4 comments

Particle Man

My little old-timey number for the TMBG Flood covers project. [more inside]
posted by BlackPebble on Jan 16, 2015 - 12 comments

ShH 5t: Angel's Hymn

Arrangement of Angel's Hymn, No. 5t in the Shenandoah Harmony. First verse by Isaac Watts 1706, Second verse by Thomas Kelly, 1802. Original composition by Orlando Gibbons, 1623. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Dec 23, 2014 - 1 comment

John Irwin

My version of Turlough O'Carolan's tune John Irwin, for fingerstyle guitar. [more inside]
posted by gorbichov on Nov 23, 2014 - 6 comments

March of the Rainy Days

Mississippi John Hurt- and John Fahey- inspired fingerstyle guitar tune. [more inside]
posted by gorbichov on Oct 15, 2014 - 6 comments

Falling

working title, not sure about that just yet, I've been playing a lot in this modal C tuning (CGCGCD) and this tune came out over the past few days. [more inside]
posted by gorbichov on Sep 9, 2014 - 9 comments

Baking Powder Blues

Acoustic fingerstyle blues instrumental. My first effort at writing a riff blues, and also my first effort at recording. Completed as a final assignment for a Berklee Music MOOC. [more inside]
posted by BlackPebble on May 16, 2014 - 1 comment

Black Mountain Blues

This is a little fingerstyle blues thing I've been working on for a while, indebted to Mississippi John Hurt and a little bit of John Fahey. [more inside]
posted by gorbichov on Jan 20, 2014 - 14 comments

Critters Are Food

Einstein is reported to have said, "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." This song presents a counterargument. Warning: may be offensive to critters. [more inside]
posted by Sing Or Swim on Sep 20, 2012 - 2 comments

Only Dessert.

Alternative nutritional advice. Ask your doctor if Only Dessert is right for you. [more inside]
posted by Sing Or Swim on Sep 19, 2012 - 1 comment

My Country 'Tis of Thee - Fingerstyle

That, or God Save the Queen. Your choice. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Jul 5, 2012 - 2 comments

Bad Romance & Pisgah

For Valentine's Day, 2012, a ragtime arrangement of two unlikely bedfellows: Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and the 1817 JC Lowry tune Pisgah (58 in The Sacred Harp). [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Feb 14, 2012 - 8 comments

Auld Lang Syne, ragtime fingerstyle arrangement

It's been five years since my last attempt at arranging Auld Lang Syne. I thought I might try to start a small fire under it this year. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Dec 29, 2011 - 5 comments

Way Down in the Hole

After seeing the Muppet Movie this weekend, I was reminded of a project I led back in '08 called Doctor Teeth. This Tom Waits arrangement is one of a few recordings we made, despite having never played a show. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Nov 28, 2011 - 2 comments

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

A ragtime arrangement of one of the most ear-wormy, riffiest songs I know. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Aug 28, 2011 - 8 comments

Boots Of Spanish Leather

Another "get me out of this musical funk" cover. The more I hear Dylan sing this, the more I think this may be his most beautiful song. Here's my try. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Jan 25, 2011 - 10 comments

Tonight You Belong To Me

A quick arrangement I did for guitar and musical saw of "Tonight You Belong To Me" by Billy Rose and Lee David. You might remember it from here.
posted by TheCoug on Dec 2, 2010 - 11 comments

The Church's Desolation (and Old Hundred)

Guitar, banjo, and vox arrangement of the shapenote tune, The Church's Desolation, number 89 in The Sacred Harp. A quick fingerstyle arrangement of Old Hundred (49 on the top) was tacked onto the front. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Nov 10, 2010 - 2 comments

Wedding Song

Committed years ago for newly committed friends.
posted by blue bar on May 30, 2010 - 0 comments

Girls on Bicycles

Myself on nylon. [more inside]
posted by blue bar on May 26, 2010 - 3 comments

Red-handed

False clawhammer on a true J-45.
posted by blue bar on Mar 21, 2010 - 8 comments

My Voice on Carl's Home Answering Machine

Does what it says on the box, with guitar. Solve the Limerick Challenge! [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Jan 12, 2010 - 2 comments

Sunburst

Another instrumental in a tuning I can't even remember.
posted by Danf on Jul 20, 2009 - 3 comments

*D* Rain

I lived for a time in a shed with one of those corrugated fiberglass roofs. It rained. Then it stopped. Then started again. Etc. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jul 2, 2009 - 1 comment

Cowboy Song

I had some downstairs neighbors for which I was the semi-regular entertainment. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jun 22, 2009 - 5 comments

Redwood City Blues

An old track that a kid recently digitized off the cassette tape. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jun 19, 2009 - 3 comments

My Heart Will Give You Up

The third and final installment of my 2009 Valentine's day project. Celine Dion + Rick Astley, as if the internet needed another rickroll. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Feb 14, 2009 - 3 comments

Saint V. Massacree

Guitar Rag, with banjo. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Feb 12, 2009 - 10 comments

Hail Poetry

A short arrangement for solo banjo of the stunning Gilbert & Sullivan tune from The Pirates of Penzance. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Feb 7, 2009 - 9 comments

Let It Snow

This is as close to the original melody as I could get while in a minor key. Imagine being on a holiday getaway where everything goes terribly because of the weather.
posted by dagosto on Dec 20, 2008 - 5 comments

Chiefest Microns

Instrumental banjo waltz, written this afternoon. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Oct 26, 2008 - 16 comments

Oh! Susanna

Classical banjo and fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Jun 3, 2008 - 10 comments

Wave

Lo-fi bossa with apologies to Jobim [more inside]
posted by stubby phillips on May 25, 2008 - 1 comment

boing

hubris in E major [more inside]
posted by stubby phillips on May 20, 2008 - 12 comments

Hard Times Come Again No More

Just installed new strings and set up my new 3-mic stand; I figured I'd test drive 'em both. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Mar 29, 2008 - 6 comments

noodling

More 12-string fingerstyle. This time the tuning is DADDAD. [more inside]
posted by umbú on Mar 7, 2008 - 2 comments

Cheese Whiz

I have no idea why I decided to choose that name half a life ago. It is a 12-string fingerstyle barnburner played with pinky slide. [more inside]
posted by umbú on Mar 6, 2008 - 10 comments

sonic youth vs. john fahey

To rock or to pick? That seemed to be struggle that played out on this old cassette that I recently dug up and digitized. This is another 12-string fingerstyle tune in an alternate tuning (Cc Gg Cc gg gc ce). I played around with tuning the double-coursed strings to different notes.
posted by umbú on Mar 5, 2008 - 4 comments

cgcgce

Another fingerstyle tune from the cassette time capsule. This one was recorded on a six-string with my friends backing me up on cello and percussion.
posted by umbú on Mar 4, 2008 - 5 comments

Stay

cover of the song by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. Fingerstyle guitar, vocals, banjo. Created for the 2008 Songfight! Gift of Music sidefight.
posted by The White Hat on Feb 1, 2008 - 6 comments

Night Terrors

Written to satisfy both a Songfight challenge and the mefi music challenge. Who says you can't spook two horses with one chestnut? Featuring three buttons on my accordion.
posted by The White Hat on Oct 26, 2007 - 3 comments

Take this Hammer

Cover of a Leadbelly tune. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Oct 6, 2007 - 5 comments

Beat Guitar (or, Rags to Rags)

Raw bedroom recording of a song that will eventually end up on an album. Lyrics inside. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Sep 17, 2007 - 4 comments

Imogen Heap "Hide and Seek" Arrangement for the Guitar

Rough arrangement of Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" for the steel-string guitar. I put this together about a month ago, after the SNL "Dear Sister" sketch introduced me to the song.
posted by The White Hat on May 15, 2007 - 34 comments

The Parting Glass (Fingerstyle w/ Violin)

Fingerstyle arrangement of a trad tune, features backing violin by Gretchen Lohse.
posted by The White Hat on Jan 17, 2007 - 10 comments

Auld Lang Syne

Fingerstyle arrangement of the trad tune. Looks like it was transposed down a step during conversion. Link to mp3 inside.
posted by The White Hat on Dec 31, 2006 - 4 comments

Glass Eye

Off the album released in January, here's a blues written almost two years ago featuring Colin Keller on the Drums.
posted by The White Hat on Jul 3, 2006 - 5 comments

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