Category: Very Easy to Play

Alexandre Desplat

The Danish Girl: theme for guitar (Alexandre Desplat)

Often, what I try to do, is distill a song down to its core elements — then create a guitar arrangement from that. I began this blog in 2011 doing note for note arrangements —  but I soon realized nothing sounds as good (to me) […]

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In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea: The White Whale Chant for guitar

The White Whale Chant, by composer Roque Banos, is from Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. This song is very reminiscent of something composer Hans Zimmer would do. Zimmer has previously worked with Ron Howard on Rush and you can find my theme […]

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glen is alive

The Walking Dead: Heads Up opening guitar theme (Episode 607)

*Spoiler Alert* If you’re not caught up on The Walking Dead episode 607 entitled Heads Up, you may not want to read below. I’m not sure what the statute of limitations is on spoilers, but if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve heard this music, […]

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St. Jude

Florence + The Machine: St. Jude | fingerstyle guitar

“Sometimes I find that music is so much more attractive than love. I don’t know… It’s like some kind of euphoria, that love can’t bring to you.” ― Florence Welch I remember in the late 90’s when ceremonial women artists dominated “alternative” music. By ceremonial, […]

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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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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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