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    Ibreathe Music Advisor EricV's Avatar
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    Instrumental Guitar Ballads

    Currently I am listening a lot to 2 CDs I compiled myself... 2 cds full of instrumental guitar ballads I like a lot.
    Here´s the tracklist ( alphabetically, not in the correct order they´re on the CDs )... just thought I´d share... consider it a recommendation... or feel free to recommend more tunes

    CD 1:
    Always With Me... - Joe Satriani
    As Time Slips By - Vinnie Moore
    Baroque - Joe Satriani
    Cry For You - Andy Timmons
    Endless Waves - Steve Morse
    For You And Now - Ricky Garcia
    Ghostwind - Steve Morse
    Inner Alchemy - Marcel Coenen
    Love Thing - Joe Satriani
    Machete - Buckethead
    Midnight - Joe Satriani
    Moyra - Marcel Coenen
    Rain - Vinnie Moore
    Rubina - Joe Satriani
    Thinking Of You - Joe Satriani
    Windows To The Soul - Steve Vai

    CD 2:
    A Night To Remember - Andy Timmons
    Alone Together - Dave Uhrich
    Boston Rain Melody - Steve Vai
    Crying - Joe Satriani
    Epilogue For Lisa ( live ) - Shawn Lane
    Feathers - Steve Vai
    Flow My Tears - Stu Hamm ( guitar: Satch )
    For The Love Of God - Steve Vai
    Indian Summer - Steve Morse
    Maple Leafs - Steve Vai
    Never Forget - Thorsten Koehne
    Respect The Wind - Eddie & Alex Van Halen
    Slice Of Time - Steve Morse Band
    The Portrait - Greg Howe
    Time To Breathe - Matthias Ia Eklundh
    The Way It Has To Be - Shawn Lane
    Zen Den - Gary Hoey

    ( of course there are way more ballads I dig, i.e. by Jeff Beck etc. but for those compilations I went for the ones that came to mind immediately )

    NP: See above

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    Ibreathe Music Advisor EricV's Avatar
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    Although probably no one cares... I made up two more CDs...
    Of course there are some popular ones missing... but here goes:

    CD 3:
    A Day At The Beach - Joe Satriani
    Bad Luck Go Away - Garsed / Helmerich
    Clouds Race Across The Sky - Joe Satriani
    Fade To Blue - Gary Hoey
    Loch Rannoch - Garsed / Helmerich
    Sargasso Sea - Michael Lee Firkins
    Sisters - Steve Vai
    Song For Rachelle - Greg Howe
    The Deep - Gary Hoey
    The Forgotten Part II - Joe Satriani
    Trinity Road - Michael Lee Firkins
    Until We Say Goodbye - Joe Satriani

    CD 4:
    Cause We´ve Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
    Desiderata - Greg Howe
    East Wes - Eric Johnson
    I Will Remember - George Lynch
    Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Lost Without You - John Petrucci
    Rain - Jason Becker
    Rubina´s Blue Sky Happiness - Joe Satriani
    September - Andy Timmons
    Song For Lynette - Eric Johnson
    The Princess - Andy Timmons
    Two Rivers - Jeff Beck
    Where Were You - Jeff Beck
    Whispering A Prayer - Steve Vai

    I know what you´re saying "What`? No Friedman ?" Well... more of him on CD 5 I guess
    Also, I didn´t include more than one song of Bucketheads "Colma" or "Electric Tears", since I like to listen through those two albums straight... they´re great from beginning to end.
    Anyway, for what it´s worth... you can take those lists as recommendations, too

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    Chicks dig me Danster's Avatar
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    I think the only two songs from your post I know are For the Love of God and Little Wing. Instrumental guitar is just not my thing I s'pose. The one guy who does move me with just a guitar (no vocals) is Matt Thorpe. I don't reckon you'd call his stuff ballads. He's a blues type dood. Sells his music direct at mattthorpe.com IIRC.

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    Ibreathe Music Advisor EricV's Avatar
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    Thanks, Danster,
    I´ll try to check tjhat out.
    Hey, you might wanna check the Jeff Beck-tunes on the list, I think you might enjoy those. "Cause We´ve Ended As Lovers" is such a beautiful tune, and to me has been some kind of blueprint for many guitar ballads after that... you can hear it on the "Blow By Blow" record

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    Registered User bagman's Avatar
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    Those are good choices. I agree that Blow by Blow is a great album. Ironically, I'm working on a rendition of Migus' Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. Beck has a great rendition of that song on Blow by Blow. I'm stealing his licks. My teacher is an avid jazz fanatic. Miles, Miles Miles etc. When I play my rendition of Goodbye and bend a lot of strings like Beck he always looks at me and says I guess you could bend to get that note LOL

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    Cool stuff

    I know most of those tunes. My favourite has to be "where were you" by Jeff Beck. I love Beck's slow stuff and all that whammy bar work, just amazing. Also, my wife thinks Jeff Beck's playing is very sexual so I play it a lot

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    You should have alot more Jason Becker on CD 5. He music is so influencial... And it's crazy that he made most of his music when he was 17-19.

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    Registered User loveguitar's Avatar
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    hi Eric,

    did you miss out Vai's tender surrender?

    I thought that was a great instrumental

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    Ibreathe Music Advisor EricV's Avatar
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    "Tneder Surrender" indeed is great, and will definitely be included once I do another one of those compilations.
    I also will include "Air" by Jason Becker.

    BTW, currently I am listening to the "Live In NY" show from the Steve Morse DVD... Steve and some friends playing acoustic ( or almost acousic ) versions of some of his songs... beautiful stuff. The three solo pieces on the classical guitar right in the beginning are freakin´ amazing !

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    Hey, newbie here. Where did you get a copy of "Lost Without You" by John Petrucci?!?!? I'm a huge JP/Dream Theater fan, and I've been searching for some of his solo stuff since he's taking forever on his solo project.

    Well, my recommendations would be either State Of Grace from Liquid Tension Experiment 1 (side project of Dream Theater) or Hourglass from Liquid Tension Experiment 2. Hourglass is more of an acoustic guitar/piano piece, but still beautiful nonetheless.

    Great list of songs you've got compiled there, Eric. I can't argue with a single choice.


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    Resident Curmudgeon szulc's Avatar
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    The Loner -- Gary Moore
    Lenny -- SRV
    Pork Pie Hat-- Jeff Beck
    Intro to Fight the good Fight -- Rik Emmet
    Daydream Live -- Robin Trower (Has some Vocals)
    Little Wing -- SRV
    Rain in the Tunnel -- Michael Lee Firkins
    "Listen to the Spaces Between the sounds."
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    Ibreathe Music Advisor EricV's Avatar
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    Hi AcoustiucJames,
    welcome at ibreathe. Where did I get "Lost Without You" ?
    There´s a fansite somewhere which has some rare JP-soundfiles like i.e. "Gemini" and "Necronomicon Epilogue" and that kinda stuff.
    I think that is where I got that.

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    Hmmm. I may have to ask around for that site, but if it was Lines In The Sand, which was originally, IIRC dreamtheater.mit.edu, which is no longer up and running. The load just got to be too much for the guy, and he's been trying to get it up for a while now. Which sucks, because when I found out about it, it was in it's last days, so I don't think I was able to get anything from it. But I'll keep a look out. Hopefully JP will finish his solo album soon...


    Edit: Eric, what's that tab of in your signature? I don't have my guitar handy, so I can't play it, but it looks pretty damn familiar to me.

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    Ibreathe Music Advisor EricV's Avatar
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    Hi there...

    all I remember about that fan-site is that it also had printable "guitar stickers" of the "Picasso faces"... print them out and put them onto the guitar... you know, that JP-paintjob.

    Anyway... the TAB in my signature is the theme of my song "Hidden Creek"... actually just a simple E maj triad played over a D bass tone... I like to play that song a lot. And so I decided to put a TAB into my signature.

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    Since 1988 Carvinite's Avatar
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    Well I don't know if you classify this song as a Balld but I think it is

    Steve Vai - "Blue Powder"

    I love that song....I just bought his (Vai's) Live at the Astoria in London DVD and it rules I really recommend checking it out.

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