Category: Best of Intellimusica

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises: Why Do We Fall? for guitar (Hans Zimmer)

After watching Interstellar again, I’m reminded of just how powerful the nexus of Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer really is.The movies and music are inextricably linked. The Dark Knight Rises was filmed in Pittsburgh (where I’m from) and you could literally go to the city […]

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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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St Vincent

St. Vincent: How to play Digital Witness | fingerstyle guitar

All our days are marked with unexpected affronts – some disastrous, others less so – but the process is wearing and continuous. Attrition rules. – Charles Bukowski Success by attrition As of today, I released my second EP, Daylight, despite a myriad of calamitous setbacks. [Upon upload […]

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Marco Polo

Marco Polo: Theme | fingerstyle guitar

Bringing your service to the people When I was 25 years old (37 now) I left the guitar shop where I had been teaching, to pursue my own clientele, in the comfort of their homes. A couple of years earlier, the other guitar teachers and I […]

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American Sniper

American Sniper: The Funeral for guitar (Ennio Morricone)

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” ― Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night At the age of 84, and still producing […]

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Marco Beltrami

The Homesman: theme (Marco Beltrami) fingerstyle guitar

The guitar I’m using in this video is a 1970 Yamaha G 65-A. This instrument was given to me by a friend of mine — who owns one, and I thought I should have one too. He picked it up in a trade deal in […]

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James Newton Howard

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 | fingerstyle guitar

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson How to compete in a saturated market My friend Daniel, who’s an amazing artist and long time reader of Intellimusica, recently posted […]

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Alexandre Desplat

The Imitation Game: theme for guitar (Alexandre Desplat)

The Imitation Game is an interesting story in world history, and one that has implications for millions of people living today. In a nutshell, the brilliant Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a British mathematician, mathematical biologist, a pioneering computer scientist, and a philosophical thinker on the […]

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Mockingjay Part 1

The Hanging Tree | fingerstyle guitar

(Note: this post is an entry to the method section of the blog where I muse on business and philosophy. I am not an expert on personal development, and I’m still a work in progress. However, I just like to write and think out-loud. Take […]

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything: Theme for guitar

Post Classical Music The post classical music genre is comprised of modern day composers who write music for solo projects and film. Even still, there is definitely a post-classical sound. The sound, while far from actual classical music, is usually a simple, emotive chord progression […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: How to play The Book of Life Theme

I think this will be my last transcription from Gustavo Santaolalla’s music from The Book of Life. For those who don’t know, there was a secondary score released with a lot of instrumental music and guitar work — which is kinda more my thing. The […]

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Fury: Norman (closing theme) for guitar

Both of my grandfathers passed away when I was young, so my defacto grandfather was actually my wife’s grandfather, who we called Pap. I got know this man very well, and I wrote an entire blog post about him when he passed away last summer. […]

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