Category: Very Easy to Play

Lykke Li

Lykke Li: Gunshot | fingerstyle guitar

Beyond her music and performance art, what impresses me most about Lykke Li is that she is seems to be the proverbial free spirit. My personality is much like my guitar playing: very precise. I’m comforted by organization. [However, my wife and I just had […]

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Nigel Stanford: Cymatics | fingerstyle guitar

Cymatics (from Greek: κῦμα “wave”) is the study of visible sound co vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, […]

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White Bird in a Blizzard

White Bird in a Blizzard: I’m Here, Kat, I’m Here | fingerstyle guitar

The ambient, dream-pop score of the 80’s set, White Bird in a Blizzard was created by Robin Guthrie, famously of the (ambient, dream-pop) band, the Cocteau Twins.  Even though I’m playing this chorus, delay and reverb soaked song on a nylon-string guitar, it still sounds […]

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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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Layer Cake: Hayling (FC Kahuna) fingerstyle guitar

“The business is on the up and up. But I’ve always said, have a plan and stick to it. Quit while you’re ahead. So, barring any screw-ups, I’m leaving it all behind.” – XXXX (Daniel Craig) Layer Cake One of my favorite movies is the super cool (and surprisingly entrepreneurial) Layer Cake. […]

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James newton Howard

Nightcrawler: theme (James Newton Howard) fingerstyle guitar

How to play Nightcrawler for classical guitar James Newton Howard’s Nightcrawler score has a bit of everything: gritty, synthesized, edgy, traditional, etc. Above all, the soundtrack sets a tone of unease. The main title track, Nightcrawler, is oddly melodic and tender, given the film’s subject […]

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Gone Girl

Trent Reznor’s Technically, Missing | fingerstyle guitar

I look forward to the scores by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross — as much as I look forward to David Fincher’s movies. At this point: The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl are inextricably linked with their gritty soundtracks. […]

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The Twins (Prague) for classical guitar

Max Richter: Departure (The Leftovers) fingerstyle guitar

While technology in film is often times bedazzling to look at — nothing beats authentic characters. A friend of mine made the observation that even a good plot can’t beat plain old great actors and well developed characters. When I think about it, some of my favorite […]

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: How to play Level Plaguing Field for guitar

“I do pick projects because I love them. If I get into a project — where I feel like either the people are there just because it’s a job for them — and it’s not going to be an enjoyable process — and it’s going […]

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August: Osage County

August: Osage County — How to Play Family Visits by Gustavo Santaolalla

This has been a busy few weeks for me, so I apologize for not having more substantive posts –other than the August: Osage County score. Even still, Gustavo Santaolalla offers a few short and nifty riffs that are perfect for beginner and intermediate guitarists. Also, […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

August: Osage County — How to Play Arrival by Gustavo Santaolalla

At the exact same time that my teaching career and website are doing great, a loved one’s career is in doubt. Their company unexpectedly let go of dozens of employees, and they’re transferring this person to another office farther away from home.  A situation that […]

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Daniel Pemberton

The Counselor Guitar Theme: How to Play — The Hunted (by Daniel Pemberton)

Artistic Abundance If you’re an artist or creator, you can enter into an economy of abundance — where you’re not really competing for resources, but simply diverting them to yourself. So long as you possess the requisite skill and self-assurance, you can go back to the […]

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