Category: Method

elliot smith

Heaven Adores You: Untitled Guitar Finger Picking Demo (Elliott Smith)

Elliott Smith was a major influence on my musicality in my most formative years. When I joined my rock band in the late 90’s, we were all devouring music by ethereal songwriters like Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley. [Buckley has a new album of unreleased […]

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james newton howard

Signs (2002): theme (James Newton Howard) fingerstyle guitar

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” ― Mark Twain My wife and I are unapologetic M. Night Shyamalan fans. We recently saw The Visit on opening night, […]

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Foxcatcher: Strange New World (Rob Simonsen) fingerstyle guitar

A story of sociopathy The story of Foxcatcher is actually a mediation on sociopathy — a subject that is unfortunately something we’ll all deal with at some time or another. To the casual observer, Foxcatcher would seem like the slow, drab telling of a bizarre […]

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Lana Del Rey: How to play Honeymoon | fingerstyle guitar

Chances are, you’re wrong “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ― Mark Twain I’ve always loved that quote. It’s just as true with a mob — as it is with your own mind. Our […]

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How to play the Terminator theme | fingerstyle guitar

“You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.” ― Arnold Schwarzenegger A brief history of Arnold Schwarzenegger I love Arnold, and I find his story of success to be extraordinary. The American Dream is a national ethos of:  opportunity for prosperity […]

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Game of Thrones Season 5

Game of Thrones: How to play Blood of the Dragon | fingerstyle guitar

“When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you’re not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” ― Paulo Coelho I’m fascinated with how long term success is nurtured. Usually, actors who pick continually compelling roles, and musicians who push the envelope of their genre — are the […]

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jurassic world

Jurassic World: theme | fingerstyle guitar

“Be so good, they can’t ignore you.” ― Steve Martin A friend of mine had posted that quote on Instagram, and the timing was impeccable. It was exactly what I need to hear. For a few months I’ve been trying to take the next step […]

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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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St Vincent

St. Vincent: How to play Digital Witness | fingerstyle guitar

All our days are marked with unexpected affronts – some disastrous, others less so – but the process is wearing and continuous. Attrition rules. – Charles Bukowski Success by attrition As of today, I released my second EP, Daylight, despite a myriad of calamitous setbacks. [Upon upload […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales) for guitar

“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.” – Lucille Ball I’m convinced that busy people are superior at 2 things: managing their time, and controlling their perfectionism. They create an […]

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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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Marco Polo

Marco Polo: Theme | fingerstyle guitar

Bringing your service to the people When I was 25 years old (37 now) I left the guitar shop where I had been teaching, to pursue my own clientele, in the comfort of their homes. A couple of years earlier, the other guitar teachers and I […]

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