Category: Method

Bajofondo: How to Play — Caminante for guitar (Gustavo Santaolalla)

I’m still pumped about Bajofondo’s excellent performance in Pittsburgh last week. I find myself listening to their new album, Presente with an even greater depth of understanding –– having now seen Bajofondo live and watched Gustavo Santaolalla’s unique guitar wizardry from about two feet away. (Note: I […]

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Muse: Starlight | fingerstyle guitar

I just saw Muse in Cleveland Ohio two weeks ago, and it was by far the best sounding, and most technologically advanced show I have ever seen. Matthew Bellamy (guitar/vocals) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass/vocals) are really amazing guitar players as they simultaneously: sing, play, trigger […]

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Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings: How to Play — Open Road (Evan Handyside)

I guess its fitting that Open Road is the opening song on my new EP, Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings.  This was also the first song I wrote for my new release. The entire EP was conceptualized and written in the span of 5 days […]

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Tegan and Sara: Closer | fingerstyle guitar

Like everyone else it seems, I’m a sucker for highly stylized pop with a nod towards the 80’s.  Tegan and Sara’s new single, Closer, definitely fits the bill, and it integrated seamlessly into a solo-guitar performance. If you’re new to this blog, I have no scheme as to what […]

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Chris Isaak: Wicked Game | fingerstyle guitar

I was about 12 years old when the video for Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game was released, and at that age, I was not likely to forget it. Shot in black and white by photographer Herb Ritts, and featuring a semi-nude (and still looking good) supermodel, […]

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How to Play — Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings (Evan Handyside)

Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings is my favorite of the five songs from my new EP. It may sound strange, or seem obvious, but I create music that I personally want to hear. I’ve listened to my album dozens of times, and each time, I […]

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Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings: How to play — Under a Beating Sun (Evan Handyside)

My wife and I bought each other NOOK’s (Barnes & Noble’s e-reader) for Christmas last year.  It’s a cool device — but until I received two physical books for Christmas this year — I had no idea how much I missed reading actual books.  One of […]

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The Walking Dead theme | fingerstyle guitar

My observation is that the iPhone (of which I’m an owner and a fan) has created an entire generation of “walkers” — or as the zombies are referred to in AMC’s The Walking Dead. We see them everywhere, and you might be one: a human-being […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man: How to play — Rooftop Kiss (for guitar)

Rooftop Kiss materialized into beautiful guitar piece. Looking through the score for The Amazing Spider-Man, I immediately gravitated to Rooftop Kiss on it’s name alone — recalling the rooftop scene from Superman (1978) and it’s iconic music. The second page of the transcription contains a couple difficult […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: Things We Lost in the Fire (guitar theme) + TAB

[Updated for 2017] Things We Lost in the Fire, is a 2007 drama starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro: A recent widow (Berry) invites her husband’s troubled best friend (Del Toro) to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his […]

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