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MY SOLO GUITAR-SONGS


INTRODUCTION

Sometime in 1997 I start picking-out songs to play solo on acoustic guitar. At first this was just to serenade a neighbour who kept me up by washing her dishes at a late hour. Then I became serious as my song-list grew, so I started picking out any suitable song that I could think of. Finally I started weeding-out the songs that didn't transcribe or play too well and fixed any glaring mistakes, by comparing my versions to the originals (where available). This has, in turn, led to the following:

- the preparation of some guitar tablature files - see my Guitar Tablature page for details of the few such songs available (the rest are retained either in handwritten note form or as RealVideos to aid my memory);

- the acquisition of a new guitar - a Yamaha APXT1N ("travelling" size electric classical, restrung left-handed - pictured here) - and a Drive EA30 electric/acoustic amplifier to go with it;

- the recording of several RealVideos - not just of electic/acoustic guitar, but steel string and classical, electrics, bass and keyboards;

- two "CD Extra"discs - "A Virtual Serenade"and "Love Songs", each of which contain several RealVideos together with their equivalent CD-audio soundtracks - details of these discs can be found on Original CDs page of this site; and

- my second website - A Virtual Serenade - 50 Popular Songs In Real Video, which features the best of my first batch of RealVideos ("Love Songs" has larger, higher quality videos - thereby taking up much more space); and

- a number of live performances (see below and my Personal News for details), which I hope will continue and expand -here is the (current ) advertising flyer for my solo-guitar concert/s, in Microsoft Word format.

MY CURRENT REPERTOIRE (INCLUDING AVAILABLE AUDIO/VIDEOS) TITLE & ORIGINAL ARTIST

My repertoire now covers around 350 songs, some of which are only performed as part of medley. In practice, I play around 50-100 of these regularly.

Entries with an asterisk (*) can be found - in video and/or audio form - on my "Axeology" CD-Rom - see my on Original CDs page for details.

* A Day In The Life (Am)			The Beatles
* A Groovy Kind Of Love (A)			The Mindbenders/Phil Collins
- A Hard Days Night (F#)			The Beatles
- A Little Ray Of Sunshine (C)			Axiom
* A Whiter Shade Of Pale (C)			Procol Harum
- A Woman In Love (E)				Barbra Streisand
* Absolute (A)					Scritti Politti
- Accidents Will Happen (D)			Elvis Costello
* Across the Universe (D) 			The Beatles
- Addam's Family Theme				Victor Mizzy
- Addicted To Love (A)				Robert Palmer
- Against All Odds (G)				Phil Collins
- Air On A G String (G)				Bach
* Alison (E) 					Elvis Costello
- All Blues (version)(G)			Miles Davis
- All I Gotta Do Is Dream (D)			Glen Campbell & Nancy Sinatra
* All My Loving	(E)				The Beatles
- All Together Now (G)				The Beatles
* All You Need Is Love (G)			The Beatles
- Almost Blue (D)				Elvis Costello
- Alone Again (Naturally) (E)			Gilbert O'Sullivan
* Alone With You (Am)				The Sunnyboys
- Always Something There To Remind Me (A)	???
- American Pie (G)				Don McLean
- And I Love Her (Bm - and E)			The Beatles
- And I Love Her So (B)				Andy Williams
* And You And I (D)				Yes
* And Your Bird Can Sing (E)			The Beatles
- Angel (G)					Jimi Hendrix
* Angie (C)					Rolling Stones
- Annie's Song (D) 				John Denver 
- Another Day (G)				Paul McCartney
- April Sun In Cuba (A)				Dragon
* Aranjuez (incomplete)(Am)			Rodrigo (original arrangement)
* Awaken (E)					Yes
* Baker Street (E) 				Gerry Rafferty
- Best Of My Love (C) 				The Eagles
* Better Be Home Soon (C) 			Crowded House 
- Big Yellow Taxi (A)				Joni Mitchell
* Bizarre Love Triangle (C)			New Order/Frente(arr.)
- Blue (part)(D)				Joni Mitchell
- Blue Moon (E)					various
- Bluebird (C)					Paul McCartney
* Bohemian Rhapsaody (A)			Queen
- Bolero (D)					Ravel
- Brahms'Lullaby (A)				Brahms
- Breakfast At Sweethearts (Am)			Cold Chisel
- Bridge Over Troubled Water (D)		Simon & Garfunkel
* Bron-Yr-Aur (C)				Led Zeppelin
- Brown Sugar (B)				The Rolling Stones
- Can't Buy Me Love (B)				The Beatles
* Candle in the Wind (E)			Elton John
- Cats In The Cradle (E)			Harry Chapin
* Child In Time (Am)				Deep Purple
- Choir Girl (C)				Cold Chisel
* Close To the Edge (G?)			Yes
- Close To You (G)				The Carpenters
- Clouds (Both Sides Now)(G)			Joni Mitchell
- Come Together (D)				The Beatles
* Crazy Little Thing Called Love (D)		Queen
* Cruising (E)					Smokey Robinson/Lewis & Paltrow 
- Cry Baby Cry (G)				The Beatles
- Danny Boy (G)					traditional
- Daydream Believer (G)				The Monkees
- Dear Prudence (D)				The Beatles
- Dixie Chicken (A)				Little Feat
- Do That To Me One More Time (D)		The Captain and Tenille
- Dock Of The Bay (G)				Otis Redding
* Don't Dream It's Over (D)			Crowded House
- Don't Leave Me This Way (D)			Thelma Houston
- Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (B)		Elton John
- Don't You Forget About Me (E)			Simple Minds
* Downunder (Bm)				Men At Work
* Eagle Rock (A)				Daddy Cool
- Eight Days a Week (D)				The Beatles
* Eleanor Rigby (E)				The Beatles
* Every Breath You Take (G) 			The Police 
- Every Kinda People (G)			Robert Palmer
- Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (D)	The Police
- Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (E)		Carl Perkins/The Beatles
- Fame (Em) 					Irene Carr
* (That's the Time I) Feel Like Making Love (C)	Roberta Flack
* Feeling Groovy (A)				Simon & Garfunkel
- Fever (B)					(various)
- Fire & Rain (C) 				James Taylor 
- Flame Trees (A)				Cold Chisel
* Four Seasons in One Day (E) 			Crowded House 
* From Me To You (C)				The Beatles
- Get Back (A)					The Beatles
- Ghosts (E)					Japan
* Gilligan's Island Theme (A)			???
* God Only Knows (D) 				Beach Boys
* Gonna See My Baby Tonight (D)			La De Das
- Greensleaves (Am)				traditional
- Gymnopaedie#3 (incomplete)(D)			Erik Satie
- Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (E)		John Lennon
* Have You Ever Been In Love (D)		Leo Sayer
- Hayride (E)					The Flying Circus
* Heart Of The Sunrise (F#)			Yes
* Help (G) 					The Beatles
* Hello (Am)					Lionel Ritchie
- Here Comes The Sun (A)			The Beatles
- Here, There And Everywhere (G)		The Beatles
* Hey Joe (E) 					Jimi Hendrix
* Hey Jude (E)					The Beatles
* Highland Wedding (D)				Steve Morse
- Holiday (B)					Madonna
* Honey Pie (G)					The Beatles
- Hooked On A Feeling (C)			B.J. Thomas
- House Of The Rising Sun (Am)			traditional/The Animals
- How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (E)		Bee Gees
* How Deep Is Your Love (D) 			The Bee Gees
- I Am The Walrus (A)				The Beatles
- I Don't Know How To Love Him (A)		Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack
- I Dream of Jeannie (D)			???
- I Get a Kick Out Of You (incomplete)(C)	Cole Porter
- I Honestly Love You (incomplete)(A)		Olivia Newton-John
- I Just Called to Say I Love You (D) 		Stevie Wonder
- I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You (A)	Savage Garden
- I Feel Fine (G)				The Beatles
- I Got You (D)					Split Enz
- I Got You Babe (E)				Sonny & Cher
- I Love How You Love Me (G)			Sonny & Cher/others
- I Need You (G)				The Beatles
* I Saw Her Standing There (E)			The Beatles
- I Should Have Known Better (G)		The Beatles
- I Think I Love You (E)			The Partridge Family
- I Wanna Be Loved (G)				Elvis Costello
- I Wanna Be Straight (E)			Ian Dury & The Blockheads
* I Wanna Make It With You (E)			Bread
* I Want To Hold Your Hand (G)			The Beatles
- I Want To Know What Love Is (G)		Foreigner
* I Want You (She's So Heavy) (Dm)		The Beatles
- I Was Made For Loving You (D)			Kiss
* I'll Be Gone (D)				Spectrum
- I'll Follow The Sun (C)			The Beatles
- I'll Never Fall In Love Again (D)		Nancy Sinatra
- I'm A Believer (G)				The Monkees
- I'm A Loser (F#)				The Beatles
- I'm Falling (B)				The Babys
- I'm Not In Love (A) 				10CC
- I'm Only Sleeping (D)				The Beatles
* If (D)					Bread
* If Only You Knew (E)				Yes
- If We Try (part)(A)				Don McLean
* If You Could Read My Mind (A) 		Gordon Lightfoot
* Imagine (C) 					John Lennon
* Inca Roads (G)				Frank Zappa
* In My Life (A)				The Beatles
- In The Flesh (A)				Blondie
* In the Presence Of (G)			Yes
- Is It Love (C)				Yes/Jon Anderson
* Is She Really Going Out With Him (A)		Joe Jackson
- Isn't It Time (G)				The Babys
- It Had To Be You (incomplete)(E)              various
* It Wasn't Me (C)				Shaggy
* It's Almost Summer (E)			Billy Thorpe
- It's Only Love (C)				The Beatles
- It's All Too Much (F)				The Beatles
- It's Still Rock'n'Roll To Me (A)		Billy Joel
- Jealous Guy (G) 				John Lennon
* Jump In My Car (D)				Ted Mulry Gang
* Just The Way You Are (D)			Billy Joel
- Julia (D)					The Beatles
* Kashmir					Led Zeppelin
* Khe Sanh (G)					Cold Chisel
* Killing Me Softly (C)				Roberta Flack
- Kiss From A Rose (G)				Seal
* La Bamba					Ritchie Havens
- Lady Madonna (A)				The Beatles
* Last Goodbye (E)				Jeff Buckley
- Let It Be (C)					The Beatles
* Lift Me Up (E)				Yes
* Light My Fire (E)				The Doors/José Feliciano
* Little Wing (E)				Jimi Hendrix
- Lost In Love (G)				Air Supply
- Love Is All Around (A)			The Troggs/Get Wet
- Love Me Do (G)				The Beatles
- Love Me Tender (D) 			 	Elvis Presley
- Love Will Keep Us Together (A)   		The Captain and Tenille
- Love Will Tear Us Apart (D)			Joy Division
* Loving You (A) 				Minnie Ripperton
* Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (A)		The Beatles
- Maggie May (C)				Rod Stewart
- Master Blaster (Jammin')(B)			Stevie Wonder
* Maybe I'm Amazed (B)				Paul McCartney
* Mediterranean Sundance (intro)(Em)	        Al DiMeola
* Michelle (E)					The Beatles
- Misery (A)					The Beatles
- My Chérie Amour (D)				Stevie Wonder
- My Funny Valentine (C)			Rogers & Hart
- My Girl (C)					The Temptations
* My Love (A)					Paul McCartney
- My Way (D)					Frank Sinatra
* Mood For A Day (D)				Yes/Steve Howe
* Moon Ra (C)					Jon Anderson
* Moonlight Sonata (incomplete)(Am)		Beethoven
- Morning Has Broken (C)			Cat Stevens
* Most People I Know (A)			Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
- Mother Nature's Son (D)			The Beatles
* Nature Boy (E)				???/Moulin Rouge soundtrack
- New Amsterdam (G)				Elvis Costello
* Never Tear Us Apart (C)			INXS
* Nights In White Satin (Am) 			The Moody Blues
- No Reply (C)					The Beatles
- Nobody Told Me (A)				John Lennon
* Norwegian Wood (A - and D)			The Beatles
- Nowhere Man (C)				The Beatles
- Ob La Di Ob La Da (A)				The Beatles
- Octopus's Garden (D)				The Beatles
* On Broadway (A)				various/George Benson
* Onward (E)					Yes
- Over The Hills And Far Away (G)		Led Zeppelin
* Owner Of A Lonely Heart (A)			Yes
- Paint It Black (E)				The Rolling Stones
* Piano Man (C)					Billy Joel
* Play (A)					Jennifer Lopez
- Please Please Me (E)				The Beatles
- Pretty Woman (E)				Roy Orbison
- Revolution (A)				The Beatles
* Ritual (D)					Yes
* Rock And Roll	(A)				Led Zeppelin
* Rock And Roll Music (A)			The Beatles/Chuck Berry
- Rocket Man (G)				Elton John
* Roundabout (E)				Yes
- Runaround Sue (C)				???
* Scarborough Fair (Am)				(traditional)
- Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll (E)		Ian Dury & the Blockheads
* She Loves You (G)				The Beatles
* She Makes My Day (E)				Robert Palmer
- Shipbuilding (G)				Elvis Costello
- Ships In The Night (D)			Be Bop Deluxe
- Slippin'Away (C)				Max Merrit & The Meteors
- Somebody To Love (A)				Queen
* Something (C) 				The Beatles
- Sorrow (G)					The Merseybeats/David Bowie
* Sound Out The Galleon (C)			Jon Anderson
- Sounds Of Silence (D)				Simon & Garfunkel
- Space Oddity (Am)				David Bowie
* Spirit Of Survival (B)			Yes
* Stairway To Heaven (A)			Led Zeppelin
* State of the Heart (E) 			Mondo Rock
* Strawberry Fields Forever (C)			The Beatles
- Summer Nights (D)				Grease soundtrack
- Tangerine (G)					Led Zeppelin
- Thank You (D)					Led Zeppelin
- That's the Way (G)				Led Zeppelin
* The Ancient (A)				Yes
* The End (A)					The Beatles
- The First Cut Is The Deepest (A)		Cat Stevens
* The Flight Of The Moorglade (D)		Jon Anderson
* The Fool On The Hill (D)			The Beatles
- The Girl That I Love(G)			Russell Morris
* The Lonely Toreador (Am)			Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
* The Long And Winding Road (E)			The Beatles
- The Longest Time (E)				Billy Joel
* The Rain Song (G)				Led Zeppelin
* The Real Thing (B)				Russell Morris
* The Remembering (G)				Yes
* The Revealing Science Of God (E)		Yes
* This Guy's In Love With You (C)		Herb Alpert
* Those Were The Days (E)			Paul McCartney/Mary Hopkins
* Ticket To Ride (A)				The Beatles
- Till There Was You (E) 			soundtrack/The Beatles
* Time After Time (C) 				Cyndi Lauper
* To Be Over (E)				Yes
- Tonight's The Night (A)			Rod Stewart
* Total Eclipse Of The Heart (G)		Bonnie Tyler
* Turn Of The Century (Am)			Yes
* Twist And Shout (D)				The Beatles
- 2 Become 1 (F)				The Spice Girls
* Unchained Melody (D) 				The Righteous Brothers
* Uptown Girl (E)				Billy Joel
- Vincent (G)					Don McLean
- Waterfalls (A)				Paul McCartney
- We Can Work It Out (D)			The Beatles
- Weather With You (D)				Crowded House
- What The World Needs Now			Roberta Flack/Burt Bacharach
- When I'm 64 (C)				The Beatles
* When You Wish Upon A Star (D)			Jimny Cricket
- Where Do You Go To My Lovely			Peter Sarstedt
* While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Am) 		The Beatles
- White Queen (As It Began) (Am)		Queen
- White Summer (D)				Jimmy Page/Yardbirds
* Who Listens To The Radio (A)			The Sports
- Wild World (Am)				Cat Stevens
* With A Little Help From My Friends (E) 	The Beatles
* Within You Without You (B?)			The Beatles
* Without You (F) 				Harry Nillson
- Wonderous Stories (B)				Yes
- Woodstock (E)					Joni Mitchell
- Yellow (C)					Coldplay
- Yellow River (D)				Autumn
- Yellow Submarine (F)				The Beatles
* Yesterday (F - and G) 			The Beatles
- You Are So Beautiful (G) 			Joe Cocker
- You Never Give Me Your Money (C)		The Beatles
- You Really Got A Hold On Me (A)		Beatles/Smokey Robinson
- You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (D)	Meatloaf
- You Turn Me On (I'm A Radio) (E)		Joni Mitchell
- You've Got A Friend (G)	 		James Taylor
- You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (G) 	The Beatles
* Your Song (A)					Elton John
- Your Mother Should Know (Am)			The Beatles
* Your Move/I've Seen All Good People (E)	Yes

The arrangements are my own - a sort of classical/fingerpicking hybrid style, where basic melodies, partial chords and bass-notes are all played at the same time. Only a few of the songs are demanding to play, and none approach the complexity of proper classical guitar works. The songs can also be played in a wide variety of tempi and feels, and with different amounts of embellishments (passing notes, dramatic effects, etc.).

LINKS

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