Category: Pop Music

Johnny Cash/NIN

Johnny Cash: Hurt | fingerstyle guitar

Recently, an artist friend of mine asked me how I manage my relationship with my wife and my work at the same time. It was a great question, and my friend didn’t mind if I turned the answer into a blog post: This is a […]

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Phantogram

Phantogram: How to play Fall in Love | fingerstyle guitar

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch About a month ago Anthony Bourdain was on The Nerdist podcast. After two hours of his interesting travel stories and funny life anecdotes, […]

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey: How to play Ultraviolence | fingerstyle guitar

Perfect for a Bond theme If you listen to this song with the right frame of mind, Ultraviolence is the perfect James Bond theme. Lyrically and musically. The slight chord variation from the intro to the first verse is very reminiscent of Chris Cornell’s astute, […]

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey: Once Upon a Dream (Maleficent) fingerstyle guitar

Lana Del Rey’s dark, brooding take on this classic tune fit the mold of Intellimusica — yet it was unconventional enough to expand my guitar playing beyond my typical go-to moves. If you’re a fan of the original Once Upon a Dream, you’re not likely to be fond of Lana Del Rey’s […]

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey: West Coast | fingerstyle guitar

Some good advice from Henry Rollins Henry Rollins’ Letter to a Young American is making it’s way through the internet. Unfortunately, there’s many edited down versions. I recommend the full version here. Personally, I would have skipped the references to politicians, but the central focus […]

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The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Blackbird Song (Terminus Version) fingerstyle guitar

“You have to have numbers. People are the best defense against walkers, or people.” -Rick As you can probably tell, I (sometimes) get deeply affected by music in film. When Blackbird Song first appeared on AMC’s The Walking Dead, I remember saying to my wife […]

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U2 - Achtung Baby

U2: Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses |fingerstyle guitar

About the exact same time Nirvana was revolutionizing alternative/rock music — U2 was revolutionizing alternative/pop music with Achtung Baby. 1991 was an amazing year in music history. I’m 37, and I can clearly remember when Achtung Baby was released. Synth effects, drum-loops, and distorted vocals […]

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Sigur Ros

Sigur Ros: The Rains of Castamere | fingerstyle guitar

“We probably managed to create the gloomiest version so far. It is maybe not the happiest wedding song, but we think that it fit the scene very well.” – Georg Holm, Sigur Ros When I search for Intellimusica’s content, I have an idea of what […]

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Divergent

Divergent: Choosing Dauntless | fingerstyle guitar

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin I have not seen the movie, but my Divergent obsessed guitar students have filled me in on the details. Actually, very few of my students are interested […]

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Foster the Poeple

Foster the People: Coming of Age | fingerstyle guitar

Mark Foster is approaching a Brian Wilson level of pop-mastery — and his band, Foster the People, might as well be the new Beach Boys. Indie-pop is becoming increasingly digitized and it’s cool that (Foster) still uses real instrumentation. Check out this acoustic performance of […]

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Divergent

Divergent: I Need You (M83) fingerstyle guitar

“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” ― William Faulkner The least moving parts Through diligent blogging on Intellimusica, I developed a highly personalized guitar style. At this point, I am my sound, and people pretty much know what their going to get with […]

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Coldplay

Coldplay: Magic | fingerstyle guitar

“Trolls suck.” ― Betty White Exerting Con(troll) If you decide to create content online in any way, shape, or form — I would recommend that you rule your community like a benevolent dictator. 99.9% of the comments I receive (mostly on YouTube) are wonderful. There […]

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