Category: Pop Music

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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The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony | fingerstyle guitar

I remember the very day Urban Hymns was released. I took the day off of work (it was that important to me), bought the CD at Sam Goody, and drove around blaring it from my car stereo. I had been playing in my new band […]

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David Bowie: Where Are We Now? | fingerstyle guitar

Upon hearing the first few bars of Where Are We Now?, I was admittedly luke-warm about David Bowie’s first single in 10 years.  That is, until I was sucked in by the immensely watchable, and totally weird video.  I think I watched the video so many times […]

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Radiohead: High And Dry | fingerstyle guitar

As you can probably tell, I am on a Radiohead bender — and I’m almost ashamed that I haven’t explored solo-guitar interpretations/arrangements of their music until now. Not to belabor the blog thing, but if you want to be successful, their are certain things you have […]

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Lana Del Rey: Lucky Ones | fingerstyle guitar

I think of Lana Del Rey as a modern David Bowie (with regard to her song-writing) and her single, Lucky Ones, worked out beautifully for solo-guitar.   It appears that her previous album Born to Die, is being released with her new album Paradise and aptly called: Born to Die […]

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Adele: Skyfall | fingerstyle guitar

As expected, Adele’s Skyfall is a proper Bond theme and incredibly well done. Skyfall uses a mixture of the You Know My Name (Bm – G – E) progression, the 007 theme, and Adele’s sultry vocals to pull off a perfect blend of several past […]

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The Xx: Sunset | fingerstyle guitar

“As to the methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) While […]

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Muse: Madness | fingerstyle guitar

Sounding like equal parts George Michael and U2, Muse’s new single Madness, is an unbelievably crafted pop-song.  Coldplay front-man Chris Martin praises it as “Muse’s best song ever” and there’s even a Phil Collins-esque (bump bump, bump bump, bump bump) drum fill into the final chorus crescendo. […]

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The Bourne Identity: Extreme Ways (Moby) fingerstyle guitar

Extreme Ways is the default theme song for the Bourne franchise — specifically the conclusion of each movie. Just when you think Jason Bourne or (in Legacy’s case) Arron Cross has disappeared — the sampled violins strike and Bourne is on the move. To memorize […]

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On The Road (2012): How to Play — Home (Will Hanson)

‘Home‘ is an emotive song from the trailer of Walter Salles’ (soon to be released) On The Road that sounds very much in the vain of post-rock songs like Your Hand in Mine.  I initially thought ‘Home’ was an interesting departure for Gustavo Santaolalla — that is […]

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Drive (2011): Nightcall | fingerstyle guitar

Like many of you, I find myself still listening to the big three from the movie Drive. I particularly enjoy listening to Nightcall — oddly enough, while I’m driving — at night. Having listened to Nightcall dozens of times, I couldn’t help but wonder what it […]

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