Category: Best of Intellimusica

Duran Duran: Come Undone | fingerstyle guitar

Once I found the capo position for Come Undone, this arrangement of Duran Duran’s 1993 hit, glided into reality within a matter of 10 minutes. An interesting aspect of transcribing pop songs to solo guitar, is the illumination of the song’s underpinnings.  It’s like dissecting an organism, and looking at how each part works […]

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Muse: Starlight | fingerstyle guitar

I just saw Muse in Cleveland Ohio two weeks ago, and it was by far the best sounding, and most technologically advanced show I have ever seen. Matthew Bellamy (guitar/vocals) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass/vocals) are really amazing guitar players as they simultaneously: sing, play, trigger […]

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Chris Isaak: Wicked Game | fingerstyle guitar

I was about 12 years old when the video for Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game was released, and at that age, I was not likely to forget it. Shot in black and white by photographer Herb Ritts, and featuring a semi-nude (and still looking good) supermodel, […]

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The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony | fingerstyle guitar

I remember the very day Urban Hymns was released. I took the day off of work (it was that important to me), bought the CD at Sam Goody, and drove around blaring it from my car stereo. I had been playing in my new band […]

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DJANGO UNCHAINED: Django Theme (instrumental for Spanish Guitar)

Many props to Quentin Tarantino for still putting so much emphasis on soundtracks. This time around his Django Unchained soundtrack/score is a highly stylized mix of old-school spaghetti western, retro R&B, and hip-hop. Rather than the all encompassing interpretations I normally do — this can be considered an instrumental version of […]

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Adele: Skyfall | fingerstyle guitar

As expected, Adele’s Skyfall is a proper Bond theme and incredibly well done. Skyfall uses a mixture of the You Know My Name (Bm – G – E) progression, the 007 theme, and Adele’s sultry vocals to pull off a perfect blend of several past […]

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The Bourne Identity: Extreme Ways (Moby) fingerstyle guitar

Extreme Ways is the default theme song for the Bourne franchise — specifically the conclusion of each movie. Just when you think Jason Bourne or (in Legacy’s case) Arron Cross has disappeared — the sampled violins strike and Bourne is on the move. To memorize […]

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The Motorcycle Diaries: How to Play — Apertura (Gustavo Santaolalla)

Comprised from a collection of  instruments and guitars, Apertura serves as a powerful opening to The Motorcycle Diaries. This post is an all-in-one arrangement for solo guitar of Gustavo Santaolalla’s classic song. I use my middle finger to “swipe” the high notes in the beginning (and […]

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The Dark Knight Rises: How to Play — On Thin Ice (for guitar) by Hans Zimmer

Living in Pittsburgh, we really did get a ‘behind the scenes’ look a The Dark Knight Rises. Nearly every night last summer, our local news coverage showed images of our downtown area transformed into winter, new “bat vehicles” crashing, and pictures of Anne Hathaway in […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Brokeback Mountain Suite (Encuentro en el Estudio) + TAB

Update 11/14/16: This is my all time favorite piece to play, and I’ve rewritten and updated the guitar tab for Brokeback Mountain Suite. The old guitar tab was sufficient, but I wanted to lay it out a little better. Please enjoy. July 2012: Encuentro en […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man: How to play — Rooftop Kiss (for guitar)

Rooftop Kiss materialized into beautiful guitar piece. Looking through the score for The Amazing Spider-Man, I immediately gravitated to Rooftop Kiss on it’s name alone — recalling the rooftop scene from Superman (1978) and it’s iconic music. The second page of the transcription contains a couple difficult […]

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Drive (2011): Nightcall | fingerstyle guitar

Like many of you, I find myself still listening to the big three from the movie Drive. I particularly enjoy listening to Nightcall — oddly enough, while I’m driving — at night. Having listened to Nightcall dozens of times, I couldn’t help but wonder what it […]

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