Category: Easy to Play

Daft Punk: Get Lucky | fingerstyle guitar

A very pleasant comment from YouTube, in reference to my Django Unchained arrangement: Anywhere to find the tabs without having to sign up to some f__king cash grabbing blog? While not as pithy, this is one of my favorite YouTube endorsements, in reference to my […]

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Archive: You Make Me Feel | fingerstyle guitar

“If you’re remarkable, then it’s likely that some people won’t like you. That’s part of the definition of remarkable. Nobody gets unanimous praise — ever.”  -Seth Godin This post will only appeal a very small minority of people — and that’s probably a good thing.  […]

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Robyn: Dancing On My Own | fingerstyle guitar

Guitar does not have to be difficult to be worthwhile, and one of my personal missions is to dispel any notion to the contrary through my videos and tabs. I wholeheartedly believe Robyn’s Dancing On My Own is one of my best, and most expressive transcriptions — yet […]

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Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings: How to Play — Open Road (Evan Handyside)

I guess its fitting that Open Road is the opening song on my new EP, Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings.  This was also the first song I wrote for my new release. The entire EP was conceptualized and written in the span of 5 days […]

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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: How to Play Sister Sara’s Theme (Ennio Morricone)

I can’t seem to figure out if Ennio Morricone composed new songs for Django Unchained, or if Quentin Tarantino is borrowing them from Morricone’s previous work, Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970). Be as it may, Django Unchained’s Sister Sara is a nifty, spaghetti-western guitar riff that should […]

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The Hobbit: Misty Mountains | fingerstyle guitar

Misty Mountains is clearly the most popular and compelling piece of music from The Hobbit score. I couldn’t help but imagine how this low, Celtic sounding, Dwarf a-Capella would sound on a guitar. The Hobbit: How to Play ‘Misty Mountains’ Misty Mountains is tuned one […]

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Cloud Atlas: Prelude: The Atlas March | fingerstyle guitar

I have not yet seen Cloud Atlas, but a quick scan of the soundtrack on iTunes revealed some excellent pieces of music, most notably Prelude: The Atlas March and it’s end-credits counterpart, Cloud Atlas End Title. The Atlas March is played in standard tuning, and […]

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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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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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Gustavo Santaolalla: Riding Horses (Brokeback Mountain) + TAB

Riding Horses (This post and tab have been updated as of 8/31/20) Riding Horses is one of my favorite selections from Gustavo Santaolalla’s iconic, Academy Award winning score for Brokeback Mountain. It’s truly one Gustavo Santaolalla’s most beautiful melodies. The actual piece is two separate […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Leyendo en el Hospital (The Motorcycle Diaries) + TAB

[Updated post and tab: May 2017] The Motorcycle Diaries The Motorcycle Diaries is considered to be one of Gustavo Santaolalla’s greatest film scores. Film synopsis (edited from the official Focus Features site): The Motorcycle Diaries, depicts the rich, complex human and social landscape of early […]

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