20th December 2015
Valerie was written by Dave McCabe and performed by The Zutons. You can find it on their 2006 album Tired of Hanging Around.
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King for The Shirelles, it featured on The Shirelles’ 1960 album Tonight's The Night. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!
Hope you all have a great holiday, folks! See you on the other side!
15th December 2015
What You Don’t Do was written by Lianne La Havas and Matt Hales and featured on her 2015 album Blood. Check it out on the Lianne La Havas page.
Straight To You, written by Nick Cave may be found on the album Henry’s Dream by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Check it out on the Nick Cave page!
10th December 2015
A few more songs from my Amy blitz... Hope you enjoy playing October Song, Stronger than Me, Help Yourself, (There Is) No Greater Love, I Heard Love Is Blind and Know You Now. From her wonderful 2003 debut “jazz” album, Frank. Check them out on the brand new Amy Winehouse page!
2nd December 2015
Here are six cool songs from Amy Winehouse’s 2006 “soul album” Back To Black. I hope you enjoy Just Friends, Love Is A Losing Game, Rehab, Some Unholy War, Wake Up Alone and You Know I’m No Good. Check them out on the brand new Amy Winehouse page!
27th November 2015
Well, it’s been a while but with a new laptop, and the site software back and running, I’m ready to go again.
Welcome to the new Amy Winehouse page! Here from her 2007 “soul album” Back To Black are Addicted, the title track Back To Black and He Can Only Hold Her. Enjoy!
5th November 2015
IEva Cassidy‘s gorgeous arrangement of Over The Rainbow has a very jazz-like feel to it. You can find it on the 1992 album The Other Side (Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy). Why not head over to Odd Ditties and check it out for some finger-picking practice?
26th October 2015
I’m Alive, written by Clint Ballard Jr, was a #1 hit for The Hollies in 1965. Check it out in Odd Ditties!
Dancing Fool was written by Frank Zappa and was a huge single hit for him in 1979. It was taken from the equally successful album Sheik Yerbouti. Check it out on the Frank Zappa page.
18th October 2015
Hello, written by Lionel Ritchie and James Anthony Carmichael, was first featured on the album Can't Slow Down. The song reached No. 1 on three Billboard music charts: the pop chart (for two weeks), the R&B chart (for three weeks), and the adult contemporary chart (for six weeks). It also went to No.1 in the UK Singles Chart.
Dancing on the Ceiling, written by Lionel Richie, Carlos Rios and Michael Frenchik is from Lionel’s 1986 album Dancing on the Ceiling. Check ithe both out in Odd Ditties!
11th October 2015
Feeling This Way and Something In Between are two songs from Kevin Ayers’s 1992 album Still Life With Guitar. Hope you like!
Oh, Wot A Dream is a wonderful oldie from Kevin Ayers’s 1973 album, Bananamour. Inspired by, and dedicated to, Syd Barrett. Check them out on the Kevin Ayers page!
3rd October 2015
Caramel is a Suzanne Vega song from her 1992 album Nine Objects of Desire. A gorgeous song that you should check out in Odd Ditties!
To Be By Your Side was composed by Bruno Coulais for the film Le Peuple Migrateur (Winged Migration).It was famously sung by Nick Cave and features on the film’s soundtrack. Check it out on the Nick Cave page!
26th September 2015
Old Pine and Keep Your Head Up, written by Ben Howard, are two cool songs from the 2010 album Every Kingdom. Check them out on the brand new Ben Howard page!
21st September 2015
Perfect Lovesong, written by Neil Hannon, was a 2001 song that featured on the album Regeneration by The Divine Comedy.
Hold Back The River, written by James Bay and Iain Archer, was the second single from Bay’s 2015 album Chaos And The Calm. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!
8th September 2015
Golden Brown, words written by Hugh Cornwell, music written by Dave Greenfield and Jet Black, is a song from the 1981 album La Folie. The Stranglers’ biggest mainstream hit.
No More Heroes is a song from the 1977 album of the same name written by The Stranglers. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!
1st September 2015
Written by American folk rock singer Billy Roberts, Hey Joe (1966) was the first single released by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Check it out on the Jimi Hendrix page.
28th August 2015
Little Wing, written by Jimi Hendrix, showcases his unique fretting technique. Two-and-a-half-minutes of slow, melodic rock in 4/4. It was released on the 1968 album Axis: Bold As Love by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Check it out on the Jimi Hendrix page.
25th August 2015
Purple Haze, written by Jimi Hendrix, was the opening track on the U.S. release of the 1967 album Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and was thus, for many, their introduction to the Hendrix sound. Check it out on the Jimi Hendrix page.
20th August 2015
Angeles, written by Elliott Smith, is from his 1997 album Either/Or. I’ve transcribed a version for two guitars and one for solo guitar. Check it out on the Elliott Smith page.
15th August 2015
Here are two Elizabeth Ziman songs from her 2014 album Like It Never Happened. Hope you like More Than Enough and Wish I Didn’t. Check them out on the Elizabeth Ziman page.
10th August 2015
Happy Birthday to us! The Blind Guitarist Webpage was first published on this date in 2010 with some Kirsty MacColl, some Neil Finn, some Ray Davies and a couple of Odd Ditties. Back then I was converting all my old transcriptions (written on scraps of paper) into .txt files. It took months of checking.
Five years, and 1343 transcriptions later, here is a classic Otis Redding song from 1968: I’ve Got Dreams To Remember written by Joe Rock, Otis Redding and Zelma Redding. From the album The Immortal Otis Redding. Check it out on the Otis Redding & Steve Cropper page.
Also two Paddy McAloon songs from the 1988 album From Langley Park To Memphis by Prefab Sprout. Check out The Golden Calf and the classic Nightingales on the Paddy McAloon page!
6th August 2015
Three cool Elizabeth Ziman songs from her 2014 album Like It Never Happened (performed as Elizabeth & The Catapult). Hope you’ll like Shoelaces, Someday Soon and the title track Like It Never Happened .Check them out on the Elizabeth Ziman page!
2nd August 2015
Two Paddy McAloon songs from the Prefabs’ great 1988 album From Langley Park To Memphis. Hope you like The King Of Rock’n’Roll and Cars & Girls. Check them out on the Paddy McAloon page.
28th July 2015
Here are three songs by Paddy McAloon from Prefab Sprout’s 1985 album Steve McQueen. Hope you like Where Love Breaks Down, Faron Young and Appetite. Check them out on the Paddy McAloon page.
19th July 2015
Hero, written by Joe Keefe, and performed by American indie rock band Family of the Year was released on their 2012 album Loma Vista. This wonderful song was featured prominently in Richard Linklater’s 2014 film Boyhood. Check it out in Odd Ditties!
14th July 2015
Read My Mind, written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer was the third single released from The Killers’ 2006 album Sam’s Town. Several Killers’ songs are in Low Tune (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb), but I transcribed one version of this in standard tuning with capo on 1, suitable for acoustic or electric, and another version for two electric guitars in the original Low Tune. Check them out in Odd Ditties!
9th July 2015
Blue Skies is a Tom Waits song that you can find on the 1974 compilation The Early Years Vol. 2. Check it out on the Tom Waits page!
4th July 2015
Somebody That I Used to Know is a song written by Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter Wouter Andre "Wally" De Backer (who performs as “Gotye”), and features New Zealand singer/guitarist Kimbra. The song featured in Richard Linklater’s 2014 film Boyhood. Check it out in Odd Ditties!
25th June 2015
I Want You is from Bob Dylan’s 1966 album Blonde On Blonde. Image-laden verses, direct, yearning vocals and a tune to wrench your heart out. What more could you wish from a love song?
Sign Your Name is from Terence Trent d’Arby’s 1987 album Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!
18th June 2015
A few more songs by Nick Cave, performed by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, that were transcribed from his 2001 album No More Shall We Part. Hope you’ll like Darker With The Day, Love Letter, Fifteen Feet Of Pure White Snow and Hallelujah. Check them out on the Nick Cave page.
11th June 2015
Two classic songs fromTom Waits from his 1973 album Closing Time. Here are Martha and Ol’ ’55. Check them out on the Tom Waits page! Hope you like!
6th June 2015
Here are a few songs from Nick Cave, from his extraordinary 2013 album Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Hope you like Higgs Boson Blues, We Know Who UR, Push The Sky Away, Jubilee Street and Wide Lovely Eyes.
Check them out on the Nick Cave page!
31st May 2015
Three more songs, from Nick Cave, performed by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. From the classic 1997 album The Boatman’s Call, here are the gorgeous Are You The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?, Brompton Oratory and Far From Me. Check them out on the Nick Cave page! Hope you like!
23rd May 2015
Three songs, written by Nick Cave, from the wonderful 2004 album Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. So, here are: O Children, Abattoir Blues and Breathless. Check them out on the Nick Cave page!
17th May 2015
The first from my blitz of songs by Nick Cave. Here are four songs from that blitz, performed by his band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds... From the 1997 album Let Love In, I hope you’ll like Red Right Hand, Lay Me Low, Ain’t Gonna Rain Anymore and Nobody’s Baby Now. Check them out on the Nick Cave page!
7th May 2015
First Day of My Life was written by Conor Oberst for his band Bright Eyes, and is from the 2005 album I’m Wide Awake, Its Morning.
The classic Heartbreak Hotel, written by Mae Boren Axton and Thomas Durden was a single hit in1956 for Elvis Presley. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!
1st May 2015
Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime, written by James Warren, was a huge hit for The Korgis in 1980. From their album Dumb Waiters. Here, too, is the wonderful Time After Time, a 1984 hit for Cyndi Lauper. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!
23rd April 2015
The song Dylan performed most frequently, All Along The Watchtower, first surfaced on the album John Wesley Harding. Dylan’s delivery is measured and matter-of-fact, but Hendrix’s unfettered approach feels much closer in spirit to the song’s disturbing atmosphere and howling wind. Check it out on the Jimi Hendrix page.
15th April 2015
I Want You is a song written by Elvis Costello from his 1986 album Blood & Chocolate. Check it out on the Elvis Costello page!
Lovesong, performed by The Cure, and credited to the whole band, is taken from their 1989 album Disintegration. Check out the song in Odd Ditties!
7th April 2015
Defying Gravity, written by Stephen Schwartz, was originally recorded by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. It is the signature song from the musical “Wicked”. My transcription is of the astonishing version recorded by Kerry Ellis (a former “Wicked Witch” in the musical) for her 2008 EP Wicked In Rock with Brian May of Queen:
Check it out in Odd Ditties!
4th April 2015
Pure Imagination is a song from the 1970 soundtrack to the theatre show Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Check it out in Odd Ditties!
2nd April 2015
The remaining songs from my Nerina Pallot blitz. Hope you like Butterfly, Grace and Turn Me On Again - all from her 2011 album Year Of The Wolf. Check them out on the Nerina Pallot page.
25th March 2015
Two more cool songs by Nerina Pallot from her 2009 album The Graduate. (She had just graduated, in Eng. Lit., from Birkbeck College, London.) Here are Human and Real Late Starter. Check them out on the Nerina Pallot page.
Here, too, is the classic Bad Moon Rising, written by John Fogerty that you can find on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 album Green River. A great busker of a song! Check it out in Odd Ditties!
18th March 2015
The Righteous Brothers went to #1 in the UK singles chart with Unchained Melody. The track had been featured in the film Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret, Unchained Melody is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th Century, with over 500 versions in many different languages. Check it out in Odd Ditties!
13th March 2015
Three more songs from my Nerina Pallot blitz... Here, from her 2005 album, Fires, are Sophia, Mr King and Learning To Breathe. Hope you like these wonderful songs. Learn to play them on the Nerina Pallot page!
8th March 2015
Here are three Nerina Pallot songs from her 2009 EP Buckminster Fuller: – It Starts, Better Than Today and the wonderful title track, Buckminster Fuller. Learn to play them on the Nerina Pallot page!
2nd March 2015
Here is Die Alone, a cool song from Ingrid Michaelson’s 2006 album Girls And Boys. Check it out on the Ingrid Michaelson page.
Budapest, written by George Ezra and Joel Pott was a 2013 hit single taken from George’s debut 2013 studio album Wanted On Voyage. Check it out in Odd Ditties and enjoy!
23rd February 2015
Where The Streets Have No Name is a U2 song from their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree.
The song has quite easy chords, but the guitar part only has occasional strummed chords high up on the guitar’s neck. I have indicated the chords you might play in one of the verses, if you fancy a strum and a bit of a sing. But Edge’s guitar part is more complex than that. Also, unfortunately, you’re not going to sound like The Edge unless you use the same delay as he does. For info about that, check out: http://www.amnesta.net/edge_delay/ Check it out in Odd Ditties and enjoy!
17th February 2015
Painter Song is one of those cool, late-night jazz songs that you feel really ought to be played on an equally cool jazz-guitar. Written for Norah Jones by Lee Alexander and J C Hopkins, you can find it on the 2002 album Come Away With Me. Check it out in Odd Ditties and enjoy!
11th February 2015
Meredith Godreau is a singer-songwriter who performs as Gregory and the Hawk, named after her brother and his imaginary childhood hawk. Here, from her 2006 EP Boats and Birds, are four wonderful songs: Avalanche! Oh, Avalanche!, A Wish, Boats And Birds and Isabelle. Check them out on the Meredith Godreau page!
7th February 2015
Two cool Lianne La Havas songs for your playing pleasure. Empty, from the 2011 EP Lost & Found, is a cool late-night jazz song that you should learn to play to your loved one. The title track from her 2012 album Is Your Love Big Enough? is another song with a cool riff that is just repeated throughout the song. Check them both out on the Lianne La Havas page.
Into My Arms is possibly Nick Cave’s most familiar song. From the 1997 album The Boatman’s Call by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Check it out on the Nick Cave page!
1st February 2015
Two great songs from the pen of Jay Clifford and performed by his former band Jump, Little Children. First, from the band’s classic 1998 album Magazine is Close Your Eyes .
And here, too, is the wonderful Rains In Asia from the 2004 album Between The Dim And The Dark. Check them out on the Jay Clifford page.
28th January 2015
Halo, from the 2009 album I Am... Sasha Fierce was written by Beyoncé Knowles, Ryan Tedder and E Kidd Bogart. A great song that is a surpringly good busker...
Life Is Beautiful, written by Vega 4, from their 2006 album You And Others, has had several placements in U.S. TV series, notably the pilot episode of E.R. (all those years ago). Check out both songs in Odd Ditties!
22nd January 2015
Three more Elliott Smith songs that were released on his wonderful 1997 album Either/Or... Hope you like 2.45am, Alameda and Say Yes... Check them out on the Elliott Smith page!
17th January 2015
Here are three Elliott Smith songs, transcribed for your playing pleasure. First, the gorgeous Pitseleh, that you can find on the 1998 album XO.
Angel In The Snow was released on the posthumous 2007 album New Moon. Hope you like, too, A Fond Farewell, that was released on the 2004 album From A Basement On The Hill. Check them out on the Elliott Smith page.
12th January 2015
Joni Mitchell operates on a plain of her own. River, from her stark 1971 masterpiece Blue, is an elegant piano ballad and is her most touching moment - here, transcribed for guitar. Check it out on the Joni Mitchell page.
Into The Fire, a 2004 song from the album The Invitation by Thirteen Senses was written by Will South and John Welland. It has had several placements in U.S. TV series. Check it out in Odd Ditties.
6th January 2015
Three cool Greg Laswell songs for your playing pleasure... Here are What A Day from his 2014 album I Was Going To Be An Astronaut and Goodbye and Take A Bow from the 2014 album Take A Bow. Check them out on the Greg Laswell page.
1st January 2015
Happy New Year! Here, to start off the year are two versions of the same song – This Woman’s Work. Kate Bush’s original piano song was written for the 1989 film She's Having A Baby and can be found on that film’s soundtrack.
Greg Laswell’s cover was transcribed for guitar and has slightly different chords, and different phrasing that makes it easier for the guitar. You can find it on his album called, unsurprisingly, Covers
Check out Greg Laswell’s cover on his page and check out Kate’s original in Odd Ditties!