Category: Pop Music

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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Nigel Stanford: Cymatics | fingerstyle guitar

Cymatics (from Greek: κῦμα “wave”) is the study of visible sound co vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, […]

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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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Layer Cake: Hayling (FC Kahuna) fingerstyle guitar

“The business is on the up and up. But I’ve always said, have a plan and stick to it. Quit while you’re ahead. So, barring any screw-ups, I’m leaving it all behind.” – XXXX (Daniel Craig) Layer Cake One of my favorite movies is the super cool (and surprisingly entrepreneurial) Layer Cake. […]

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Jonny Greenwood

Inherent Vice: Spooks (Jonny Greenwood) fingerstyle guitar

“I’m quite into listening to music and not doing anything else.” -Jonny Greenwood Beyond his futuristic guitar playing, I love Jonny Greenwood for what he represents: a monastic, hermit-like obsession with creating music. What Radiohead have achieved is nothing short of amazing — critical acclaim […]

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Philip Selway

Philip Selway: Coming up for Air (fingerstyle guitar)

What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians? A Drummer. What’s the last thing a drummer says in a band? “Hey guys, why don’t we try one of my songs?” Drummers in a nutshell If you have spent any amount of time […]

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Halsey: How to play Hurricane | fingerstyle guitar

I generally feel that pop-alternative music is starting to sound the same. Popular music has cycled like this forever. What begins as bold, fresh music — eventually becomes unintentionally diluted with similar sounding artists. The only way for an artist to create signal through the […]

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Lorde: How to play Yellow Flicker Beat | fingerstyle guitar

“Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long-run.” Seth Godin Be Weird Much like Lana Del Rey, Lorde has an unmistakable sound and musical identity. She’s quite literally Lorde, and nothing else. I’m endlessly fascinated with artists who cultivate a […]

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Echosmith: How to play Cool Kids | fingerstyle guitar

“The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.” ― Colin Wilson Don’t be a cow in the rain I do talk about following your ideas and passions at all costs. However, it might […]

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Civil Twilight

Civil Twilight: How to play Letters from the Sky | fingerstyle guitar

“Coincidence is the word we use when we can’t see the levers and pulleys.” Emma Bull, Author Playing Letters from the Sky for this blog was a strange occurrence. I had been doing some content research, adding to my never ending list of material when […]

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith: How to play Latch | fingerstyle guitar

I really like Sam Smith. As someone who teaches younger people, I have grown to value artists who put their talent and music, front and center. The more talented the individual, the less they have to rely on antics to further propel their career. While […]

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Damon Albarn

Sister Rust (Damon Albarn) fingerstyle guitar

From my early 20’s onward, I have been an enormous Blur fan. Their guitarist, Graham Coxon, is one of my all time favorites. Blur’s front-man, Damon Albarn, has proven himself to be a visionary musician though solo projects and Gorillaz. What’s my favorite Blur song? […]

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