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Old 12-13-2011, 02:42 AM
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Hi everyone,
I was wondering if anyone has some ideas for some good instrumental songs for a music class that I am taking at a music school near my house. Right now, we have a bassist, drummer, 2 guitarists, and a keyboard player. The bassist also plays trombone as well. We meet up once a week, and we are trying to learn some songs so we can perform at festivals and other places, so far we have a few songs in mind, I was just wondering if anyone here has some good ideas.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:52 AM
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"Peaches en Regalia" by Frank Zappa

"YYZ" by Rush

"Left Coast Boogaloo" by The Greyboy Allstars

"You know, You know" Mahavishnu Orchestra

"Sprung Monkey" by Stanton Moore

"Ain't it Funky Now" by James Brown

"Frankenstein" by Edgar Winter

"Cliffs of Dover" by Eric Johnson

"Cissy Strut" by The Meters

anything by Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Soulive, Return to Forever and Weather Report

any of Jeff Beck's instrumentals, as well as Joe Satriani
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:02 AM
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Good list Drumfreak - that's covered most things that came to mind.

The Who - Underture

Stuff - Groovin

For a solo maybe Little B by the Shadows (OMG they took that riff from the Violent Femmes :)

I think this link covers it pretty well: http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/page..._rockinst.html
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:55 PM
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Anything by Russian Circles.
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:25 AM
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Just about anything from Joe Satriani.
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:44 AM
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Since you have keys, check out the Booker T. catalog for some classic grooves.

And for fun, there are a bunch of '60s surf instrumentals.

If you're in a retro mood, look to the big band era: Stompin At the Savoy, King Porter Stomp, Take The A Train, Sing Sing Sing, etc.

Classic pop/rock/jazzish tracks: Pick Up the Pieces, Put It Where You Want It, etc.

Or more ecclectic: Zappa's "Peaches En Regalia" :)

For more fun, there are plenty of cool TV themes, even if they have lyrics, you can do them as instrumentals with a guitar por horn playing the lead. For that matter, you can take most songs and just have an instrument play the lead vocal to make the song an instrumental.

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Old 12-14-2011, 04:18 AM
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Early Genesis or any Steve Hackett stuff. Also try some Brand-X.
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:40 AM
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. As of now, we have 4 songs we want to do.
Green Onions by Booker T. and the Mgs
Peter Gunn Theme, I'm guessing by Peter Gunn, but it's pretty much the Blue's Brothers theme.
Wizards In Winter by the Trans Siberian Orchestra
Circle House Blues by Slightly Stoopid
The Basisst also says that he will try to sing Tom Sawyer by Rush, so we'll see how that goes.
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:53 AM
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Peter Gunn Theme, I'm guessing by Peter Gunn, but it's pretty much the Blue's Brothers theme.
Nit picking, but it was penned by Henry Mancini.......from the TV show of the same name.

But you are correct, it did appear in The Blues Brothers......and countless other films.
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:32 AM
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Nit picking, but it was penned by Henry Mancini.......from the TV show of the same name.

But you are correct, it did appear in The Blues Brothers......and countless other films.
Oh. thanks. I wasn't sure what is was originally from, I just assumed it was Blue's Brothers.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:48 PM
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Check out Animals As Leaders they are raw as hell
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:00 AM
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Check out Animals As Leaders they are raw as hell
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:30 AM
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Peter Gunn is Henry Mancini.
The Horse...Cliff Nobles
Wipe Out...The Surfaris

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Old 12-20-2011, 03:33 AM
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I would do Orion by Metallica.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:22 AM
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I like Uphil Battle by Sarah McLahlan... I don't know whether it can be called a song since it has no lyrics, but the melody is absolutely amazing!
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:23 AM
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Ted Nugent's "Hibernation" is a cool instrumental.

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Old 12-22-2011, 03:05 AM
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Wring That Neck - Deep Purple

Transylvania, Genghis Khan - Iron Maiden

Freedom of Choice Theme Song - Devo

Rat Salad - Black Sabbath

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Old 12-22-2011, 06:10 AM
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Pink Floyd has loads of great instrumentals. And of course, Booker T and the MG's, Green Onions is a classic. Rush has some great instrumentals (La Villa Strangiato being my favorite, with YYZ a close second) All kinds of great stuff.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:05 PM
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Since you seem to be Rush fans, there's a chance you might be into Dream Theater. So, an absolutely phenomenal, and chronically overlooked, instrumental of theirs is "Hell's Kitchen."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ifpji6QUz8
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:42 PM
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Since you seem to be Rush fans, there's a chance you might be into Dream Theater. So, an absolutely phenomenal, and chronically overlooked, instrumental of theirs is "Hell's Kitchen."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ifpji6QUz8
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:30 PM
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I've always loved Boston's Foreplay, which is the intro to Longtime.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgHMu...eature=related
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:36 PM
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Toto's Child's Anthem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TF-ejS07Jk
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:45 PM
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I haven't heard that song in many years. Thanks for posting it - I always enjoyed that piece.
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