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]
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.
Fretless recording of an 1868 James Buckley finger style banjo arrangement of a tremendously popular song written in 1856 by Benjamin Hanby. [more inside]
My little old-timey number for the TMBG Flood covers project. [more inside]
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]
My version of Turlough O'Carolan's tune John Irwin, for fingerstyle guitar. [more inside]
Mississippi John Hurt- and John Fahey- inspired fingerstyle guitar tune. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Alternative nutritional advice. Ask your doctor if Only Dessert is right for you. [more inside]
That, or God Save the Queen. Your choice. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
A ragtime arrangement of one of the most ear-wormy, riffiest songs I know. [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Committed years ago for newly committed friends.
Myself on nylon. [more inside]
False clawhammer on a true J-45.
Does what it says on the box, with guitar. Solve the Limerick Challenge! [more inside]
Another instrumental in a tuning I can't even remember.
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]
I had some downstairs neighbors for which I was the semi-regular entertainment. [more inside]
An old track that a kid recently digitized off the cassette tape. [more inside]
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]
Guitar Rag, with banjo. [more inside]
A short arrangement for solo banjo of the stunning Gilbert & Sullivan tune from The Pirates of Penzance. [more inside]
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.
Instrumental banjo waltz, written this afternoon. [more inside]
Classical banjo and fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune. [more inside]
hubris in E major [more inside]
Just installed new strings and set up my new 3-mic stand; I figured I'd test drive 'em both. [more inside]
More 12-string fingerstyle. This time the tuning is DADDAD. [more inside]
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]
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.
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.
cover of the song by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. Fingerstyle guitar, vocals, banjo. Created for the 2008 Songfight! Gift of Music sidefight.
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.
Cover of a Leadbelly tune. [more inside]
Raw bedroom recording of a song that will eventually end up on an album. Lyrics inside. [more inside]
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.
Fingerstyle arrangement of a trad tune, features backing violin by Gretchen Lohse.
Fingerstyle arrangement of the trad tune. Looks like it was transposed down a step during conversion. Link to mp3 inside.
Off the album released in January, here's a blues written almost two years ago featuring Colin Keller on the Drums.