Category: Pop Music

The House (Netflix): This House Is… (Jarvis Cocker & Gustavo Santaolalla) fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The House I highly recommend The House on Netflix. In general, stop-animation is incredibly engaging — with a weirdness and authenticity that’s impossible to look away from. The House couples this with excellent writing and a creeping dread. This film is an easy watch — […]

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The Phantom of the Opera: The Music of the Night | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Music of the Night My Dad was a massive fan of the arts — specifically music and poetry. As an early adolescent (in the late 80’s) my family belonged to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. I was fortunate to see every Broadway show you can […]

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Ruelle: I Get To Love You | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

I Get to Love You As I write this post, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Harrisburg PA on New Years Eve. I’ll be performing ‘I Get to Love You’ as a bride processional this evening for my wife’s cousin’s wedding. I guess that […]

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Radiohead: SPECTRE | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Spectre This song was commissioned for the 2015 Craig-era James Bond film, Spectre. The song was rejected by the film producers, and Radiohead released it as a B-side to the 2016 single ‘Burn the Witch’. Initially, Radiohead had offered Man of War, a song written […]

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Sufjan Stevens: Futile Devices | fingerstyle guitar

Sufjan Stevens: Futile Devices | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Futile Devices Futile Devices is a song by American singer songwriter, Sufjan Stevens. This song is from the soundtrack of, Call Me By Your Name; a 2017 coming-of-age romantic drama film, directed by Luca Guadagnino. Sufjan Stevens has such a peculiar musicality. He has the linear […]

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Sting: Shape Of My Heart | fingerstyle guitar

Sting: Shape Of My Heart | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Léon Léon is one of my all time favorite movies. Starring Natalie Portman, Jean Reno, and Gary Oldman — Léon: The Professional is an amazingly casted and highly entertaining crime/thriller. When it was first released (on VHS) in 1994 is was simply called The Professional. […]

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The Bones (Maren Morris / Hozier) fingerstyle guitar

Hozier / Maren Morris: The Bones | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Bones The Bones is a song by pop/country star, Maren Morris. Six months after its release in 2019, the song was reimagined with Hozier singing the second verse. I love this song, and I’ve been teaching the basic version to my guitar students recently. […]

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Olivia Rodrigo: Traitor | fingerstyle guitar

Olivia Rodrigo: Traitor | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Traitor I’ve taught Olivia Rodrigo’s Traitor at least a dozen times to my guitar students. It’s an excellent song both lyrically and melodically. The lyrical theme is brilliant. The “boyfriend dates girl that ex-girlfriend doesn’t like” is an ageless conflict that no one has articulated […]

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Chris Isaak's Wicked Game | fingerstyle guitar

Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Wicked Game For my money, the two greatest unrequited love songs are: U2’s With or Without You, and Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game. The former can prompt one to hold a lighter in the air and bellow “…and you give yourself a-way-a”. The latter makes (me) […]

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Sia: Breathe Me | fingerstyle guitar

Sia: Breathe Me | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Breathe Me Sia’s Breathe Me, is from her 3rd album, Colour the Small One (2004). The song was used to great effect in the poignant finale of Six Feet Under — a landmark HBO drama that premiered 20 years ago last week. Created by screenwriter […]

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Wonderful Tonight | fingerstyle guitar

Eric Clapton: Wonderful Tonight | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Wonderful Tonight Wonderful Tonight is far and away Eric Clapton’s most famous song — and one of the most romantic songs ever written. I’ve had this arrangement in my back pocket for 20 years. I had been developing and playing it at wedding ceremonies for […]

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Zack Snyder's Justice League: Song to the Siren | fingerstyle guitar

Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Song to the Siren | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Song to the Siren Zack Snyder’s Justice League was incredible. I watched it in two nights, but the 4 hours flew by. I highly recommend the 3 hour director’s cut of Batman v Superman as well — also on HBO Max. Song to the Siren […]

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