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Below you’ll find samples of instrumental guitar work.

I do a wide range of work—from instrumental guitar for weddings and private events, to singer/songwriter performances at private events and public venues.

The links below will quickly get you to the right material.

Instrumental Guitar

Below you’ll find samples of instrumental guitar work.

They showcase the range of material I perform at weddings and private events. They also show how you can be highly creative with song selections, while still giving a seamless feel to any event.

My Approach

At weddings and private events, diversity and creativity in material is an important focus. The demographic of these audiences varies widely. As such, you’ll find an interesting blend of songs. What ties them together is style, craftsmanship and authenticity.

The acoustic guitar is a versatile instrument, and great music is great music, no matter what era it’s from. Acoustic guitar performances have a unique charm that is open to interpretation. Classic songs have a retro flair, especially when placed next to modern selections. Different genres of music can have a high contrast, yet a unique continuity, when placed next to competing selections.

On an acoustic guitar, you can go from the Tragically Hip to Justin Bieber; Frank Sinatra to Ed Sheeran; the Beatles to Harry Styles… and it’s seamless.

When working with clients, my job is to build a highly-focused soundtrack that makes an event personal and memorable.

Featured Playlist

Songs by Album

2020 Instrumentals (Studio)
About the recording

Recorded in 2020, this was a demo of a custom song for a wedding client. It’s a great example of just how creative you can be with contemporary music. A dance/pop song, the melody translated incredibly well to the acoustic guitar and made for a great wedding cue.

This recording was performed live in a controlled studio environment. Everything you hear is achievable in a live setting exactly as executed here. I make use of percussion instruments (hi-hat and kick-drum) by playing them with my right foot. All the sound changes, both dramatic and subtle, are done live via a delay pedal and an effect unit.

Recorded at the ‘H’ (Mount Pleasant, ON) • Written by Andrew Bazzi (2017) • (P) 2020 Jake Dudas (SOCAN) • For audition purposes only • Not for sale or distribution • All rights reserved.

2018 Instrumentals (Live)
About the recording

Recorded live at the Lantern (Stoney Lake, ON), the focus here was on high-quality sound in a live setting. The sound was pulled directly from the soundboard, and included a mix of a guitar microphone and direct-line from the guitar.

These recordings are designed to showcase a true live sound. They also show the seamless flow of an actual performance. With the Beatles’ ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ for example, you’ll hear it transition to Neil Young’s ‘Needle and the Damage Done’ as it fades out.

This collection spans a wide range of wedding and private-event situations. ‘Here Comes the Sun’ is a poignant wedding cue, ‘Love Yourself’ is a great cocktail-hour song, as is ‘Bobcaygeon.’ That said, I have used Tragically Hip songs on many occasions for wedding recessionals. ‘More Than the Sun’ is a great example of a softer sound for pre-ceremony music, or the dining portions of a private event.

Recorded live at the Lantern (Stoney Lake, ON) on August 16, 2018 • (P) 2018 Jake Dudas (SOCAN) Performed at a SOCAN licensed venue • For audition purposes only • Not for sale or distribution • All rights reserved.

2016 Instrumentals (Studio)
About the recording

Recorded in 2016, these songs focus on arrangements that are true to the originals. Arrangements of this sort are utilized most often as wedding cues.

These recordings are performed live in a controlled studio environment. Everything you hear is achievable in a live setting exactly as executed here. I make use of percussion instruments (hi-hat and kick-drum) by playing them with my right foot. All the sound changes, both dramatic and subtle, are done live via a delay pedal and an effect unit.

Recorded at the ‘H’ (Mount Pleasant, ON) • (P) 2016 Jake Dudas (SOCAN) • For audition purposes only • Not for sale or distribution • All rights reserved.

Singer/Songwriter (Covers)

Below you’ll find samples of singer/songwriter cover songs.

Both songs were recorded live—one at a public performance, and the other in-studio. They showcase my approach to cover songs, as well as the creative, spontaneous aspect of live performance.

I work frequently as a singer/songwriter at private events, public venues, and as a featured original act. Material can range from 100% cover songs, to a blend of cover and original material.

The links below will quickly get you to the right material.

My Approach

As a singer/songwriter, authenticity is everything. To me, music needs to be genuine to three things: the performer, the material, and the audience.

Demographically, public audiences vary widely. There’s everything from the retro-contemporary flair of craft breweries like Old Flame and Sawdust City, to the wider range of people you’ll find at the JW Marriott Muskoka. There’s an art to finding the right balance for each venue.

Having a diverse and creative playlist is a cornerstone of my work. Being able to shift gears quickly is critical. You need songs that resonate with everyone in the room—even as that room constantly changes. You need to frame familiar material with different shades and hues. You want to flow seamlessly between genres—gluing it together with style, craftsmanship and artistry.

Creative performance is also a huge aspect of my singer/songwriter work. Half the fun of live music is the journey itself—developing unique transitions between songs, building into moments, and extending them when they’re really flowing.

Artists and Songs

Over the past 12 years, I’ve enjoyed curating a unique evening of cover songs. I wanted to go beyond the usual suspects and put together more ambitious, memorable work. I started with songs that not only resonated with me personally, but also with a larger audience. From there, I’ve pushed further—finding unexpected, contemporary songs that suit my strengths as both a guitarist and singer.

The result is a playlist that’s rich, well-rounded and unexpected. You’ll hear not just songs from every end of the spectrum, but GREAT songs from every end of the spectrum. Depending on the evening, there’s everything from Led Zeppelin to Maroon 5, the Tragically Hip to John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz to Johnny Cash, Neil Young to Jack Johnson, and Coldplay to Ariana Grande.

Songs by Album

2018 Covers (Live)
About the recording

Recorded live at the Lantern (Stoney Lake, ON), the focus here was on high-quality sound in a live setting. The sound was pulled directly from the soundboard, and included a mix of a guitar microphone and direct-line from the guitar.

This recording showcases a true live sound. It also shows the seamless flow and improvisational creativity of an actual performance. I always enjoy putting a different spin on this song. I tend to introduce it with a Spanish flair—making the main riff catch you by surprise. The spaciousness of the music also allows for a livelier rhythmic feel, along with room for creative guitar work in the mid-section.

Recorded live at the Lantern (Stoney Lake, ON) on August 16, 2018 • Written by the Doors (1971) • (P) 2018 Jake Dudas (SOCAN) Performed at a SOCAN licensed venue • For audition purposes only • Not for sale or distribution • All rights reserved.

2018 Covers (Live in Studio)
About the recording

Recorded live at the ‘H’ (Mount Pleasant, ON), the focus here was on capturing a live performance in a studio setting. Everything, including the hi-hat, was performed live in a single take.

This recording showcases a live sound in a high-quality, studio setting. It also shows the seamless flow and improvisational creativity of an actual performance.

Recorded live at the ‘H’ (Mount Pleasant, ON) in April 2018 • Written by Bob Marley (1977) • (P) 2018 Jake Dudas (SOCAN) • For audition purposes only • Not for sale or distribution • All rights reserved.

Singer/Songwriter (Originals)

Singer/songwriter – audio library (original).

All the songs have been released commercially, and form the bedrock of original singer/songwriter shows. They also showcase a different hue of guitar performance, as well as vocal work.

I perform often as a singer/songwriter at both private events and public venues. Material can range from 100% cover songs, to a blend of cover and original material.

Choices (2018) - Original Ep
About the recording

Moody, dark, playful and romantic. Released via iTunes and other major electronic retailers on January 21, 2018.

Written and performed by Jake Dudas • © (P) 2018 Jake Dudas (SOCAN) All rights reserved.

Burden Shines (2012) - Original Digital Single
About the recording

Exploring wide stereo sounds and long guitar solos. Released on iTunes and other major electronic music retailers in November 2012.

Written and performed by Jake Dudas • © (P) 2012 Jake Dudas (SOCAN) All rights reserved.

Get You Alone (2012) - Original Digital Single
About the recording

Dreamy, haunting and romantic. Released on iTunes and other major electronic music retailers in May 2012.

Written and performed by Jake Dudas • © (P) 2012 Jake Dudas (SOCAN) All rights reserved.

Stars & Stripes (2011) - Original Digital Single
About the recording

A well-traveled song featured in numerous compilations. Released on iTunes and other major electronic music retailers in September 2011.

Written and performed by Jake Dudas • © (P) 2011 Jake Dudas (SOCAN) All rights reserved.

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