Evan Handyside
Photo: Jake Givens (Unsplash)

I wrote this song a few weeks ago. My hands instantly went to the opening riff, but I initially didn’t like it. I thought it sounded generic and obvious.

I was then reminded of a quote by JJ Abrams, where he has a policy to let things suck for a second, just to see where they might go.

So, I followed my ear. I began to shape the next riffs, and I allowed it all to happen in front of me. I really like the end result.

To me, All Things New Again, has the feel of Gustavo Santaolalla’s The Journey. The verse is brooding, while the chorus opens up into a melancholy chord progression. 

This song symbolizes the short term tribulations that most of us have. This could be health, work, or relationships. In my case, if I trust the process, things eventually work out in end.

This video was an opportunity to use my Sadowsky Electric Nylon String guitar. I recently acquired this guitar and it’s remarkable. It hasn’t changed designs in 26 years.. Here’s Keith Richards playing it in 1990.

I’m using an Acoustic A40 Amplifier. Even though the guitar is a solid body electric, it sounds far better sound through an acoustic amp. The heavy reverb is from the amps’ onboard effects.

I’m so enamored with this combination that I might begin playing live again. I haven’t been playing at venues in past few years because I could never get a stable amplified sound from my Cordoba guitars. Not to mention electric acoustic guitars sound so unnatural to me. having an electric solid body nylon-string guitar is the perfect solution. You can find all of my gear here.

I hope to have All Things New Again on my next EP. Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings did really well and my second EP, Daylight, was a total bomb. I’m hoping the next one turns out like the first!

How to play All Things New Again: a song for guitar by Evan Handyside

I would qualify this song as easy to play. There’s a couple stretched out chords but the song is very slow and you’ll have ample time to get into position. All Things New Again is very doable for beginners and perfect for intermediate guitar players.

More often than not, I’m plucking through the chords with my thumb, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers. Like a strum that’s really an arpeggio.

I’m a massive Gustavo Santaolalla fan, and I’ve adopted this fingerstyle from him. It’s evident in everyone of his songs, but mostly in Brokeback Mountain — which was the first time I ever tried it.

This guitar tab is three page long and really easy to follow. My order of play, in accordance with the guitar tab is: Verse 1, Verse 2, Chorus, Post chorus — Verse 2, Chorus, Post chorus, End. The notes in <> indicate harmonics.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below. All Things New Again is played in standard tuning:

All Things New Again: a song for guitar by Evan Handyside

Please comment to let me know what you think, or if you have any questions.

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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.