Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | November 10, 2014

MAKIN’ WHOOPEE (An example of how any song can be arranged to your level)

You can MONSTER any song, changing either the way it’s played to give it a totally different feel or keep the basic melody and change the words. Take the jazz/blues song “Makin’ Whoopie” which was first popularised  by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical Whoopee!.

The first video is me doing the song with a Jazz feel on a 1971 Conrad hollow body guitar. The second video is the classic recording by Frank Sinatra and lastly check out the humorous Sesame Street version with new lyrics!

Most songs can be arranged and rearranged to suit the mood and there are millions out there and they can be played in all sorts of ways, be it with a jazz, blues or maybe rock influence. As well there are heaps of arrangements of popular songs that are suitable for all levels of guitarists.

If you have a particular song that you would love to learn, but think it’s too difficult, talk to me at your next lesson, as I may have a different arrangement that will be suitable for your level. Anyway enjoy the videos, I think they will prove the point.




  1. Great idea Leigh. I have a couple of songs that I would like to “customise” to my level. See you at next lesson. Ian

    • Welcome back Ian and thanks for your comment. Feel free to bring along some songs you would like to customize to your particular preference.Leigh

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