Category: Best of Intellimusica

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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Johnny Cash/NIN

Johnny Cash: Hurt | fingerstyle guitar

Recently, an artist friend of mine asked me how I manage my relationship with my wife and my work at the same time. It was a great question, and my friend didn’t mind if I turned the answer into a blog post: This is a […]

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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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Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: How to play The Journey (El viaje) for guitar

[Big news if you’re a Santaolalla fan. He has a follow up to Ronroco scheduled for release in July. I discovered this while searching for an MP3 of The Journey which will now be available on Santaolalla’s new album, Camino.] El viaje El viaje or […]

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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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Sigur Ros

Sigur Ros: The Rains of Castamere | fingerstyle guitar

“We probably managed to create the gloomiest version so far. It is maybe not the happiest wedding song, but we think that it fit the scene very well.” – Georg Holm, Sigur Ros When I search for Intellimusica’s content, I have an idea of what […]

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The Xx

The Xx: Intro | fingerstyle guitar

Why it’s OK to be okay at guitar Within my lifestyle as a guitar teacher and guitar blogger, nothing is more apparent to me, then people’s lack of self-confidence, or perceived status, as a guitarist. I’m not immune either. We’re all [one YouTube video of […]

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Morning Phase

Beck: Wave | fingerstyle guitar

My blog is for a highly qualified, and unique individual. After all, I started it to act as a lighthouse — a beacon for like-minded people who think differently about guitar, and music in general. You can consider this post: a niche within a niche. […]

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The Last of Us

The Last Of Us Volume 2: How to Play — Left Behind by Gustavo Santaolalla

The Last Of Us music has yet another life with Volume 2. I’m not familiar with the game, but I remember an interview with Gustavo Santaolalla where he explained the music was interactive — in that, different boards unlock different elements of the music. So […]

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