Trip it Upstairs / Monaghan materials

Materials, assignments for Trip it Upstairs / Monaghan, a medley of Scottish (The Gow Collection of Scottish Violin Music) and Irish violin tunes (from “O’Neil’s Music of Ireland), with added counterpoints composed by Peter Blanchette.


Parts (pdfs), and audio.

Violin I [Butler] pdf
Violin II [Devine] pdf
Violin I & II part pdf
Group 1: Nix, Thomas pdf
Group 2: Ricker, Fried pdf
Elec.3: Fishman pdf
Acoustics: Moriarty, Weinberg, Schulman pdf

Trip it Upstairs / Monaghan
from “British Isles Archguitar” by Peter Blanchette, with Kenny Butler, violin.

Surf Sonata Materials

Materials, assignments for Surf Sonata, a three-tune medley of Surf music, (‘Pipeline’ and

Five surfers!

‘The Lonely Sea’, by the Ventures), and music converted into Surf music (‘Sede’ Thirst, by Carlos Paredes, master of the Portuguese Guitar).

Parts (pdfs), and audio.


Pipeline, E 1 (Alberti bass) solo Butler – Kenny Butler
Pipeline E1 Melody – Group 1, Dan Thomas, Michael Nix, Doug Hegeman.
Pipeline E2 – Ricker, Devine, Fried
Pipeline, Acoustic Guitar update 11/14-16: Fishman, Moriarty, Weinberg, Schulman.

Pipeline audio original version by the Ventures

The Lonely Sea:
The Lonely Sea – E1 – Group 1
The Lonely Sea – E2 – Group 2
The Lonely Sea – E3 – Dave Fried, Doug Hegeman
The Lonely Sea – Acoustic Guitar – Fishman, Moriarty, Weinberg, Schulman

The Lonely Sea audio original by the Ventures
The Lonely Sea – guitars, slowed down, at pitch, for study.

Electric Solo 1 [Butler]
Electric Solo 2 [Ricker]
Electric Solo 3 [Devine]
Electric Group 1 [Nix, Fried]
Electric 4 [Fishman]
Baritone [Hegeman]
Nylons [Moriarty, Schulman, Weinberg]

Black Birch Summer Solstice w/HVGO!

The Valley’s own “Tanglewood” moment! The Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra.
With Mission Cantina Food Truck, Holyoke Hummus Co. Food Truck.
$15.00 Cover charge – at the gate. Plus, HVGO’s NEW CD: “The Unknown Album” available for purchase at the event. So bring your own lawn chair, picnic baskets.
Kids welcome!

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HVGO CD Release Concerts 2016


The Northampton Center for the Arts is pleased to present composer, performer, and guitar innovator Peter Blanchette directing the critically acclaimed Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) at Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets $15 adults and $12 students/children.


The concert debuts HVGO’s long-awaited CD, Unknown Album, featuring recent repertoire from Beethoven’s iconic 7th Symphony Allegretto movement, popular mid-west rockers Wilco, minimalist composer Philip Glass, and South American composer Gustavo Santaolalla. Along with a new piece from Leo Kottke, the concert offers door prizes, special guests, and CD giveaways.

Blanchette on HVGO’s new CD: “I named it The Unknown Album because this is music that’s never been heard before. Beethoven’s 7th certainly wasn’t conceived for electric guitars. 16th century French dances didn’t have back-beats, and Wilco’s One Wing wasn’t originally arranged with as much counterpoint as a Beethoven Symphony. HVGO’s process — where I arrange music for all these guitars and the musicians lend their particular guitar sound to the piece — is always an exploration of great music. It’s a search for sounds unknown to the music as it was, and repertoire previously unknown to the guitar. And, what unifies our style, our sound, is the joy we experience translating these masterpieces to the language of the guitar.”

The HVGO will also perform at the newly renovated Shea Theater in Turner’s Falls on Saturday, May 21 at 8pm. There will be a pre-show social in the Shea’s newly opened lobby bar at 7pm.
SHEA THEATER May 21 show tickets ONLY here.

HVGO open rehearsal at HCC Music Colloquium, Feb. 24, 10am

On Wednesday, February 24th at the 10 am Colloquium for Holyoke Community College music students, HVGO Musical Director Peter Blanchette will lead an open rehearsal lecture demonstration on the guitar orchestra.  Guitar playing students are invite to join the orchestra in a rehearsal/workshop environment, where we will work together on sections of Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterpiece, Symphony No. 7, second movement, Allegretto, arranged for orchestra of acoustic and electric guitars.I_WANT_YOU_RecruitmentBelow are links to parts in pdf format. You DO NOT need to sight-read fluently, but looking at the part ahead if time is advised. As indicated, there are parts of varying technical levels. We cannot stress enough how welcome players are to participate- it will be fun! Just bring a guitar and, if possible, an amplifier.

Beethoven 7th Allegretto Electric Guitar Group 1 part (quite easy to play!!)

Beethoven 7th Allegretto Electric Guitar 1 soloist (more challenging)

Beethoven 7th Allegretto Nylon 1 (Medium level)

Beethoven 7th Allegretto Nylon 2 (very easy)

This event is made possible in part by funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Beethoven and Beyond: HVGO @ First Night 2016

NCFA First-Night-2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015
4pm, 5pm shows
Sweeney Concert Hall
at Sage Hall
Smith College
144 Green St, Northampton, MA

This year’s performance will include Blanchette’s new arrangement of Beethoven’s iconic 7th Symphony Allegretto movement, along with a guitar-orchestrated take on music of the 1990s Detroit electronica artist known only as Japanese Telecom– unlikely bedfellows that make the HVGO impossible to pigeonhole, and such a hit with First Night audiences. To attend this concert, you must have a First Night 2016 Badge. Individual tickets are not sold. Get First Night Northampton Badges here.

The HVGO rehearsing in Sweeney Concert Hall.


Location of Sweeney Concert Hall at Sage Hall, Smith College:

Glass: Etude No. 9 score, parts, practise materials

Philip Glass: Etude No. 9 (originally for piano)

PDF Files:

Score: arr. Peter Blanchette


E1 Solo, Ricker_UPDATED 11-27-2015
E1 1 Solo 2 Thomas_UPDATED 11-27-2015
E2 Solo 1 Tomasic_UPDATED 11-27-205
E1 group Fried, Rovero UPDATED 11-27-2015
E2 group Lane, Jaeger UPDATED 11-27-2015
E3 Group Flechette, Fishman, Gerlip UPDATED 11-27-2015
Acoustics UPDATED 11-27-2015
Nylon 2 Wetherbee, Moriarty_UPDATED 11-27-2015
Nylon Solo Blanchette, archguitar UPDATED 11-27-2015

Practice Audio Links: (this post is updated frequently)

Nylon 2 Beethoven videos here.
Acoustics Beethoven videos here.
E1 Group Beethoven videos here.
E2 Group Beethoven videos here.


Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Allegretto Score/Parts

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

PDF Files:


Not available



E1 Solo, UPDATED 10-21-2015
E1 Group, UPDATED 10-21-2015
E2 Solo 1 UPDATED 10-21-2015
E2 Solo 2 UPDATED 11-29-2015
E2 Group UPDATED 10-21-2015
Acoustics UPDATED 10-21-2015
Nylon Solo
Nylon 2 UPDATED 10-21-2015

Practice Audio Links: (this post is updated frequently)

Nylon 2 Beethoven videos here.
Acoustics Beethoven videos here.
E1 Group Beethoven videos here.
E2 Group Beethoven videos here.