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Easy instrumental songs to play in a rock trio?

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  1. davidrf

    davidrf Strat-O-Master

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    Hi there, I'm currently playing with a drummer who recently started playing again after many years and a beginner bassist (I'm the egomaniacal douchy guitarist). At the moment we have no singer so I'd like to play a bunch of easy/intermediate instrumentals (and for "instrumentals I mean songs that are written as instrumentals to begin with!).

    So far the only song that came to my mind is Misirlou by Dick Dale. Any suggestion? These are the "rules":
    - drums can be intermediate, better avoid hard stuff for the moment. he is good but has very little time (almost 0) to practice
    - bass as easy as possible
    - guitar at intermediate to advanced level

    Thanks!
     
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    Sublime - What I got

    It's literally just D and G throughout the ENTIRE song

    then you as the guitarist do the little lick (pretty simple lick you can get in a few minutes)
     
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    ^^Love that song!

    "Pawn shop" by Sublime is tight. Its an instrumental song somewhat. A couple of lines of lyrics. Don't think you even need the lyrics to sound good.
     
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    Lynard Skynard - Simple Man

    C G Am
     
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    Lady Madonna? Cool song :p Ahaha. Thanks but I forgot to mention I mean originally instrumental songs... songs that are written as instrumentals to begin with. We already have a bunch of "normal" songs we play without the singing.
     
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    for sure I'm gonna have to do that one with the band someday
     
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    lol my bad.. I kinda figured that after I already wrote it.... How about the Star Wars Imperial March! lol
     
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    If you are doing Miserlou (love Dick Dale), you have a number of other cools surf songs to consider. Pipleline and Walk Don't Run aren't too tricky.

    In another vein, but similar, you have Apache, Rumble, and Rebel Rouser, and Ghost Riders In the Sky. (Dick Dale did a killer cover of that one.) And Sleepwalk is a killer instrumental, too.
     
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    Look up The Shadows and The Ventures. That should give you about 24 hours' worth of material. If you need more, there's always Duane Eddy.
     
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    Learn the 8 and 12 bar blues. Hundreds of songs are written around a simple 1, 4, 5 progression. Have the guitar player know the blues scales or minor pentatonics and go to town.

     
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