Category: Easy to Play

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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Radiohead: Everything In Its Right Place | fingerstyle guitar

I’m so focused on doing new material, that I accidentally omitted one of my favorite bands, Radiohead. Blogging is fun, but it’s totally cutthroat.  You’re essentially in a race of ideas with everyone else in your niche.  If a guitarist uploads a video to YouTube […]

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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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Prometheus

Prometheus: Life (Harry Gregson-Williams) fingerstyle guitar

[Update 2017: click here for Alien Covenant Theme] You can count me as one of the biggest Prometheus fans on this little planet. Myself, my twin brother, and our friend Mike, have had countless discussions where we bandy about our theories of Prometheus over craft […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

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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Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: Things We Lost in the Fire (guitar theme) + TAB

[Updated for 2017] Things We Lost in the Fire, is a 2007 drama starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro: A recent widow (Berry) invites her husband’s troubled best friend (Del Toro) to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his […]

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