Rick's Music Page

Background - I have played guitar for about 20 years.  I have played in several cover bands over the years.  I have always loved guitar solo's.  I always thought that the perfect song was a song that ended with a really cool emotional guitar solo. 

Examples would be:

Life Without You - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Sultan's of Swing - Dire Straights

The Chain - Fleetwood Mac

Anyway, pretty much every song I record is just a chance to record a solo.  And the real test of success for me is to burn the song to CD, get driving in my car and listen to it.  If I get into in the car, then I have succeeded.  Each of these songs pass that test for me.   Another thing I'll say it that I don't plan solo's out.  All of these are one take solos.  I may record five or six takes, but then I pick one of them and that is it.   

    

Driver Eight - Song written by REM.  David Lebovitz on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Rick Hedrick on electric guitar, back up vocals, beginning guitar solo and end solo.

Horse with no name -  Song written by America.  David Lebovitz on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Rick Hedrick on electric guitar, back up vocals lead in solo and end solo.

Drift Away - Written by someone, not sure.  David Lebovitz on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Rick Hedrick on electric guitar, back up vocals lead in solo and end solo.

Peter Gunn - Written by Henry Mancini.  Instrumental, Rick on all guitars.  A couple of things I like about this piece is the lead in when the drums start.  That came out nice.  And this has a really tasty guitar solo in the middle. 

Here I Stand - Written by Rick.  The whole song was written so I could try to record my acoustic guitar.  Rick on vocals and guitars

Hand Me Downs - Written by the Indigo Girls.  Rick on vocals and guitars.  Nice ending guitar solo on this one. 

Fusion like Jam - This is a two chord instrumental jam, something like Am7 and A#maj7. This jam was recorded quickly so it isn't polished at all, but it has some nice moments.  Rick on all instruments.

Hand Me Downs - Written by the Indigo Girls.  This is a shorter version of the song recorded earlier then the one listed above.  The highlight is the guitar solos at the end of the song.  Really my favorite.  The vocal leave a lot to be desired on this one.  Rick on all instruments and vocals.   

 

 

 

 

 

Altered Dominant - Written by Rick Hedrick.  This is yet another song written so I could try to this altered dominant scale. It is simple a 1, 4, 5 progression, but the 5th is an altered dominant, so when soloing on that chord you can explore a different sound.  This is an instrumental.  All instruments played by Rick. 

Sudden Samba - Written by Neil Larsen.  This is a really cool song.  I don't really have a good arrangement on this one.  I just can't really figure out what it needs.  But, there are moments where it comes together.  Parts of the soloing is nice.  I also think some of the soloing is a little over the top for this piece.  This is an instrumental.  Rick plays all the instruments.

I'll Be Your Man - Written by Rick Hedrick.  This is an original.  It is really just a nice groove with me singing to make it a song.  As I said earlier, I love to write songs to solo over.  Well, here is a song that I have not been able to record a good solo for.  I have tried and tried, but I just don't like what I am coming up with.  I may have to orchestrate a solo for this one.  Rick on vocals, bass, and guitars. 

Autumn Leaves - This is a jazz standard, I don't recall who it is written by.  I had music for this song but had never heard it.  Later when I heard the song, I could believe how different it was.  My version here is so "white boy played soooo straight" it is comical.  And yet, it is still kind of a cool piece.  I have some nice solos and a little harmony guitar thing going on late in the song.   This is an instrumental.  All instruments played by Rick.

Cantaloupe Island - Written by Herbie Hancock.  This is another one where I had music too and had never heard the song.  This is an instrumental.  All instruments played by Rick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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