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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hans zimmer

Hans Zimmer: Now We Are Free (Gladiator) fingerstyle guitar

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations One of the many benefits of my son arriving into the world last year, is that I have very little time to dwell on anything else […]

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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

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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honeymoon

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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Terminator

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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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer: How to play Chevaliers de Sangreal for guitar

How to play Hans Zimmer’s Chevaliers de Sangreal for guitar Chevaliers de Sangreal (from The Da Vinci Code) is perhaps my favorite Hans Zimmer piece next to Time. However, his music is so good, it’s almost impossible to pick. Like Gustavo Santaolalla, Hans Zimmer stands alone […]

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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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