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What Are Your Favorite Instrumental Tunes?

The subject of instrumentals came up in another thread, so I thought it might be fun to see what instrumental tunes everyone enjoys. Instrumentals cover a wide range of genres when you start to think about it; classical (of course), movie soundtracks, pop, jazz, big band oldies, blues, country, rock, and many instrumental versions of your favorite song titles, too.

 

So what instrumental music do you like? What are your favorite tunes or instrumental versions of your favorite songs? Multiple tunes and multiple genres are okay. And, if you have favorite on youtube, feel free to post the link so that we can listen, too!

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Rise. Herb Alpert

 

Alpert is the only recording artist to hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart as both a vocalist ("This Guy's in Love with You", 1968), and an instrumentalist ("Rise", 1979).

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From the country bluegrass genre -

 

Under the Double Eagle - Willie Nelson version

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqNLcmVZYco

 

 

Interesting side note - The original composition is a military march by Austrian composer, Josef Franz Wagner, 1893. He was known as the Austrian March King.

 

 

 

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From the country bluegrass genre -

 

Under the Double Eagle - Willie Nelson version

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqNLcmVZYco

 

 

Interesting side note - The original composition is a military march by Austrian composer, Josef Franz Wagner, 1893. He was known as the Austrian March King.

 

 

 


Under The Double Eagle is a guitar picker’s classic.  It was the first Bluegrass tune I ever taught myself from reading tablature to play on the guitar. I spent two months of my spare time in the summer of 1976 trying to master hammer-on’s and pull-offs so I could play along with my neighbor who was from the Blue grass state and who introduced me to bluegrass music. A lot of fond memories for me that summer. I never quite mastered it  like my neighbor or Willie but had fun trying. Thank you MaVolta for your post.

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Under The Double Eagle is a guitar picker’s classic.  It was the first Bluegrass tune I ever taught myself from reading tablature to play on the guitar. I spent two months of my spare time in the summer of 1976 trying to master hammer-on’s and pull-offs so I could play along with my neighbor who was from the Blue grass state and who introduced me to bluegrass music. A lot of fond memories for me that summer. I never quite mastered it  like my neighbor or Willie but had fun trying. Thank you MaVolta for your post.


That's a great story! Thanks for sharing. I doubt that anyone can pick it like Willie, and this is his original "slow" version. He also does a faster one!

 

 

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Untitled 03 -- by Sigur Rós 

 

Not necessarily my favorite Sigur Rós song, but it is an instrumental off a beautiful album called "( )". Most of the songs have singing, but unless you understand Icelandic (or sometimes Hopelandic, which is a language made up by the band), the singing just adds to the ambience of the music. 

 

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Sigur Rós is cool! Hopelandic changes the vocals from lyrics to instrument. I like that kind of music.

 

Do you like Mogwai, too? I love them!

 

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Wow!  I could make a long list here headed by anything by Gershwin including: "Rhapsody in Blue", "American in Paris" and "Concerto in F".  This might be followed by "Manhatten Tower" by Gordon Jenkins.  Then I was reminded of another one yesterday "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" by Richard Rodgers.  After this I would start a long list of the big bands:  Glenn Miller, both Dorsey's, Benny Goodman, Count Basey, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, etc.

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"LITTLE WING" BY STEVIE RAY VAUGHN."TAKE 5 " DAVE BRUBECK""SONG FOR MY FATHER" HORACE SILVER."... COULD GO ON & ON W/ THE STRAIGHT-AHEAD JAZZ... " THE KOLN CONCERT" KEITH JARRETT.
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  1. A SUMMER PLACE
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                             Feels So Good               Chuck Mangione

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                  In The Mood              Glenn Miller

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In the Mood

--Glenn Miller

 

In just four years Glenn Miller scored 23 number-one hits - more than Elvis Presley (18 No. 1s, 38 top 10s) and the Beatles (20 No. 1s, 33 top 10s) did in their careers. (Wiki)

 

 

 

 

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Bolero

-- Maurice Ravel

 

Lots of versions with assorted arrangements. Just play it loud.

 

 

 

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Once again, “a song Dickey Betts wrote...”

 

In Memory of Elizabeth Reed ==== The Allman Brothers Band

 

No words, just instruments.

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Flying ===== The Beatles

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Edgar Winter Group Frankenstein

 

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Does 2/3rds instrumental count?

 

OK then. 🙂

 

This video is fun because of a.) the hair and b.) they're babies! 🙂


 

U2 October

 

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“CLASSICAL GAS” ….. Mason Williams,  1968

 

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Well, Im sorry but I dont think they play 'music' anymore. What I listen to is the 70s and 80s music. Eltoon John, Journey, BeeGees, etc.; now those people now how to play. And theres a bonus....you can actually understand the words. lol thanks  

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70's and 80's had great music and I can understand the comfort found in the known but there is so much great new music coming out all the time. You love harmony like Crosby, Stills and Nash? try Darlingsides. This is White horse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCLkOAQxumI.
If you enjoyed the Beatles try Coldplay. Singer songwriter? Amos Lee, Harry Manx. Someone a little more pop - Howie Day, John Mayer, Jack Johnson. Music of each generation has new things to offer. Think of how much different you eat now than you did in the 80's - isn't it worth a try?
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TerrieC42451 wrote:

Well, Im sorry but I dont think they play 'music' anymore. What I listen to is the 70s and 80s music. Eltoon John, Journey, BeeGees, etc.; now those people now how to play. And theres a bonus....you can actually understand the words. lol thanks  


@TerrieC42451   Well what are your favorite istrumental tunes from the 70's and 80's then?

 

 

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One of my favorites from the classical category - 

 

Clair de Lune (Debussy)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LXl4y6D-QI

 

 

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