Category: Best of Intellimusica

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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high by the beach

Lana Del Rey: High By the Beach | fingerstyle guitar

My current gear I receive a ton of questions, mainly on YouTube, about my gear: guitars, strings, camera, etc. I feel like I have a pretty obvious gear page on this blog, but for those who don’t feel like averting their eyes, here’s a short […]

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Lana Del Rey: How to play Honeymoon | fingerstyle guitar

Chances are, you’re wrong “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ― Mark Twain I’ve always loved that quote. It’s just as true with a mob — as it is with your own mind. Our […]

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How to play the Terminator theme | fingerstyle guitar

“You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.” ― Arnold Schwarzenegger A brief history of Arnold Schwarzenegger I love Arnold, and I find his story of success to be extraordinary. The American Dream is a national ethos of:  opportunity for prosperity […]

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True Detective Season 2

True Detective Season 2: How to play My Least Favorite Life by Lara Lynn

This song was amazing during the bar scene of True Detective Season 2, Episode 1. Lera Lynn’s guitar work totally reminds me of Jeff Buckley’s sweeping, wide-open guitar progressions of Grace. Season 1 was a slow start for me, but once I got into it, […]

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game of thrones

Game of Thrones: Goodbye Brother | fingerstyle guitar

Thankfully, my guitar student Danny figured out what song was actually played at the very end of Game of Thrones season 5. The song is entitled, Goodbye Brother — which is very fitting. Goodbye Brother is considered to be a House Stark theme that marks the […]

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jurassic world

Jurassic World: theme | fingerstyle guitar

“Be so good, they can’t ignore you.” ― Steve Martin A friend of mine had posted that quote on Instagram, and the timing was impeccable. It was exactly what I need to hear. For a few months I’ve been trying to take the next step […]

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Daredevil (Netflix): How to play the opening theme for guitar

I’ve seen half of the first episode of Daredevil, but I fell asleep due to the exhaustion of having a newborn baby. We intend on binge watching the rest at some point. I hear it’s great. I feel as though we’re all witnessing the golden […]

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