Category: Best of Intellimusica

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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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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Brooklyn Baby

Lana Del Rey: Brooklyn Baby | fingerstyle guitar

We’ve had a home renovation the past two months, on top of: getting my new EP released, preparing for our new baby, and a myriad of other life stuff. Although it may seem like my work hasn’t suffered, trust me, it has. Things have slowed […]

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Daniel Licht

Dexter: Blood Theme | fingerstyle guitar

This has been performed a dozen times on YouTube, but I thought I would thrown my hat in the ring with a slightly different arrangement. Sometimes it’s better to create an ode the original without doing a note for note interpretation. I’ve done this before […]

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Damon Albarn

Sister Rust (Damon Albarn) fingerstyle guitar

From my early 20’s onward, I have been an enormous Blur fan. Their guitarist, Graham Coxon, is one of my all time favorites. Blur’s front-man, Damon Albarn, has proven himself to be a visionary musician though solo projects and Gorillaz. What’s my favorite Blur song? […]

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Opening titles theme

Max Richter: How to play the The Leftovers (Main Title Theme) for guitar

So far, the most interesting thing about HBO’s The Leftovers is the opening title sequence which aired at the beginning of the second episode. It’s a dark, hedonistic riff on the Sistine Chapel — with a fairly compelling theme song by composer, Max Richter. A […]

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Theme from Fargo

Fargo (FX): theme for guitar

Fargo’s composer, Jeff Russo, is also a guitarist and founding member of the late 90’s rock band, Tonic. In case you’re too young to remember, Tonic was a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling band — who had a string of hit singles from 1996 onward. Jeff […]

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Ender's Game theme for guitar

Ender’s Game: How to Play Dragon Army for guitar

I was listening to a fascinating interview on the Tim Ferriss podcast with Brian Koppleman: screenwriter of Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen, and The Illusionist. [Not to be a total Tim Ferriss fanboy — but if you’re a creator of any kind, there is no better resource […]

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Lykke Li

Lykke Li: No Rest For the Wicked | fingerstyle guitar

I’m a recent Lykke Li fan. I first heard her music when a Facebook friend shared this video of Dance, Dance, Dance. There’s also another version of her performing the same song with Bon Iver. Save for the fact that Lykke Li is an incredibly […]

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey: West Coast | fingerstyle guitar

Some good advice from Henry Rollins Henry Rollins’ Letter to a Young American is making it’s way through the internet. Unfortunately, there’s many edited down versions. I recommend the full version here. Personally, I would have skipped the references to politicians, but the central focus […]

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