unravel

cre·a·tor

noun

1. a person or thing that brings something into existence.
synonyms: author, writer, designer, maker, producer, deviser

Even though art and business have a distinct symbiotic relationship, both camps are sometimes squeamish about the other. There’s the designers, and then there’s salespeople. Both sides stick to what they’re good at, and dislike venturing into the other’s territory. However, there is a third camp: the creator.

I would suggest that a creator, in our context, is an individual who is comfortable as both an artist and a business person.  This is who we should strive to be.  With the internet, becoming an all-in-one artist/marketer/distributor is easier than you might think.

As is the case with most artists and musicians, my biggest hurdle was overcoming myself.  I had to drag myself kicking and screaming into the world of business and marketing with both my physical teaching job, and this blog.

Although I’m far more confident in my ability as a content generator (e.g. musician/guitarist) —  just tiptoeing into marketing and business as boosted my personal development enormously.  I’m still lack total confidence and know-how in this realm, but I’m getting better every day.

If you’re a musician, artist, or photographer, consider becoming a creator.  There is no down side.  My first post showed promise, but it’s not even comparable to what this blog has become now.  I’m a better guitarist, writer, and thinker — all because I overcame my fear failure, and took my specific talents online.  You can too.

At the very least you’ll earn a little extra income, for what is minimal and pleasurable work. 

I’ve mentioned this before, but if you’re new to this blog….

Like thousands of other people, my impetus for action was a then little-known book called The Four Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list since 2008, and I now give this book to all of my guitar students when they graduate from high school.

You really shouldn’t proceed with life until you’ve read or listened to The Four Hour Workweek.  I prefer the audio-book as narrator, Ray Porter, drills the content home. I only use the physical book as an on-going reference guide.

To round things out, Rework by Jason Fried, is another pithy, no-nonsense book that will change your perspective on proceeding with any type of business venture. As before, I recommend the audio-book, and Rework should only be read after The Four Hour Workweek.

Ignore these two books at your own peril.

How to Play Unravel by Bjork.

Homogenic is was of my favorite albums, and it’s indicative of a very optimistic time in my life.  Released in 1997 (when I was 20), Homogenic preceded Radiohead’s “ground breaking” Kid A by 3 years! It’s hard to pick my favorite song from Bjork, but Unravel is certainly one of her best.

The trick with adapting a Bjork song to classical guitar, is doing justice to her unmistakable and unusual vocal phrasing.  Check out this raw performance of Unravel to get the full expression of her talent.

I’ve drawn up a very simple tab, for what is a fairly complex song.  Despite it’s melodic intricacies, Unravel’s structure is very easy to comprehend: intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus 1, and chorus 2.

I recommend becoming very familiar with Unravel — both Bjork’s original, and my version before attempting to play it. Relentless listening is another form of practice, and it will make the song easier to play.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

Unravel is played in standard tuning.  

Bjork – Unravel (Tab)

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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.