Category: Easy to Play

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max (Fury Road): Theme | fingerstyle guitar

The soundtrack for Mad Max: Fury Road is comprised of driving, electronic soundscapes by DJ Junkie XL — punctuated with classical music by his alter-ego Tom Holkenborg. Or maybe its the other way around? And here I thought electronic musicians, while talented, were just electronic […]

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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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the longest ride

The Longest Ride: Theme for guitar (Mark Isham)

“Don’t be afraid of doing nothing.” -Clint Eastwood’s advice to Scott Eastwood on screen presence. Sage advice from Clint Eastwood. If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you know my philosophy of minimalism and simplicity when it comes to music. The same holds […]

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Today and Ever After: a lullaby for guitar by Evan Handyside

“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.” ― John Wilmot What can I say about fatherhood — that is not the typical (but totally true) things that every new parent says? Many of […]

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Insurgent: How to play The Message for guitar

Insurgent: How to play The Message for guitar I’m always on the lookout for compelling free material for Intellimusica. It’s a great way to introduce new readers to my guitar method at no cost to them. Also, I especially need my (free) songs to be […]

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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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Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: How to play Cabalgando (The Motorcycle Diaries)

A music mentor In the mid 2000’s I was playing bass in a rock band. Despite some regional success, this band wasn’t going make it. It wasn’t for a lack of trying. We were very good — but the blown up music industry hadn’t yet […]

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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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Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades Of Grey: Salted Wound (Sia) fingerstyle guitar

(Note: this post is an entry to the method section of the blog where I muse on business and philosophy. I am not an expert on personal development, and I’m still a work in progress. However, I just like to write and think out-loud. Take […]

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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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