Category: Best of Intellimusica

gustavo santaolalla

Making a Murderer: opening theme for guitar (Gustavo Santaolalla)

I’m usually mimicking the actual guitar, ronroco, or instrumentation of my favorite composer, Gustavo Santaolalla. For the Making a Murderer opening theme, I had the opportunity to use Santaolalla’s tragic music to create my own guitar arrangement. My wife and I are almost through with the […]

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ryuichi sakamoto

The Revenant: theme for guitar (Ryuichi Sakamoto)

I love this. This music says a lot about world-class director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. He’s clearly a minimalist when it comes to the music in his films – valuing open space between notes. In addition, the music is just off the center axis. Whether it’s […]

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Star Wars

Star Wars – The Force Awakens: Han and Leia for guitar

Han and Leia is essentially the “love theme” between Han Solo and princess Leia. This melody punctuated their tension and attraction way back in the original Star Wars, and I’m glad it’s returned for The Force Awakens. My favorite use of this song is The […]

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the hateful eight

The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone’s L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock (for guitar)

I’ve been eagerly anticipating Ennio Morricone’s score for The Hateful Eight: the new film by Quentin Tarantino. The title theme, L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock was a chance to do something totally different from my normal guitar style on this blog.  L’Ultima Diligenza di Red […]

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Seal: Crazy | fingerstyle guitar

I really dig R & B fingerstyle guitar playing. One of my favorite performances is John Mayer playing Human Nature at the Michael jackson memorial. I had the occasion to hang out with Mayer in 2001. His first album had just been released and my […]

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The Good, the bad, and the Ugly

The Ecstasy of Gold for acoustic guitar

I’ve always wanted to transcribe The Ecstasy of Gold for this blog. I’ve actually been toying around with this song for years. I didn’t want to post my version unless I had something meaningful to add to the mix. The Good, the Bad, and the […]

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The Martian

The Martian: Crossing Mars (Harry Gregson-Williams) fingerstyle guitar

The Martian Score Suite (found on the soundtrack) essentially has two movements: Making Water, and Crossing Mars. Both of those songs can found individually on The Martian score, by composer Harry Gregson-Williams. As of this writing I haven’t seen the movie yet, but more than […]

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Acoustic blues groove in E (advanced)

Sometimes I like creating things for this blog — other than an arrangement of someone else’s work. I have this idea in mind that there’s  both foundational and demonstrative guitar playing: Your foundational playing is the learning your favorite songs, or things that appeal to you. Obviously very […]

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tom holkenborg

Black Mass: theme (Tom Holkenborg) fingerstyle guitar

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who watches the watchmen?)” ― Juvenal This is a fascinating, if not, totally depressing story. Here it is in a nutshell: The FBI was obsessed with the Italian mafia. So, they colluded with the The Winter Hill Gang: a structured confederation of […]

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith: Writing’s on the Wall (Spectre) fingerstyle guitar

Like Adele’s Skyfall, and Chris Cornell’s You Know My Name — Sam Smith’s, Writing’s On the Wall will go down as one of the better Bond themes. The love-song ballad, is a perfect contrast to the muscularity of a Bond film. The vibe of Writing’s […]

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james newton howard

Signs (2002): theme (James Newton Howard) fingerstyle guitar

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” ― Mark Twain My wife and I are unapologetic M. Night Shyamalan fans. We recently saw The Visit on opening night, […]

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james horner

Legends of the Fall: James Horner’s The Ludlows | fingerstyle guitar

I want this blog to be able to scale, and be as fast as possible for you. Therefore, I’ve decided to go with premium, managed hosting. Since 2011, I’ve had to be equal parts guitar player, blogger, and website technician. While I’ve learned a lot, […]

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