Category: Pop Music

M83: Midnight City | fingerstyle guitar

I set my lifestyle design trajectory in the fall of 2010. I had the idea in mind that I would: 1) Charge a premium for guitar lessons, enabling me to effectively teach less, and make more. 2) Start a blog, enabling me to have a […]

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Bjork: Unravel | fingerstyle guitar

cre·a·tor noun 1. a person or thing that brings something into existence. synonyms: author, writer, designer, maker, producer, deviser Even though art and business have a distinct symbiotic relationship, both camps are sometimes squeamish about the other. There’s the designers, and then there’s salespeople. Both sides […]

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Katy Perry: Roar | fingerstyle guitar

If nothing else, Intellimusica is where you’ll find Radiohead and Katy Perry songs harmoniously living on the same blog.  Even though I have a rigid system, I’m still experimenting; putting anything and everything through the filter of my nylon-string guitars. Roar was very low hanging […]

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Radiohead: Fake Plastic Trees | fingerstyle guitar

It would seem to me, that success is the product of hundreds — if not thousands — of good decisions in any given time period. Whether it’s your diet, a football game, your studies, or just playing guitar — an overabundance of good to bad […]

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Daft Punk: Within | fingerstyle guitar

How to play Within | fingerstyle guitar This guitar tab tab is split up according to chord position. While not for total beginners, I would characterize Within as easy to play.  I purposefully arranged this to be easier — while still sounding really professional. Within […]

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Daft Punk: Get Lucky | fingerstyle guitar

A very pleasant comment from YouTube, in reference to my Django Unchained arrangement: Anywhere to find the tabs without having to sign up to some f__king cash grabbing blog? While not as pithy, this is one of my favorite YouTube endorsements, in reference to my […]

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Massive Attack: Teardrop | fingerstyle guitar

One of the many upsides to having a (regularly updated) blog, is that it will establish credibility and authority with your offline job — so long as they’re similar. Although my teaching schedule is booked to capacity, I have pointed to my blog as a […]

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Archive: You Make Me Feel | fingerstyle guitar

“If you’re remarkable, then it’s likely that some people won’t like you. That’s part of the definition of remarkable. Nobody gets unanimous praise — ever.”  -Seth Godin This post will only appeal a very small minority of people — and that’s probably a good thing.  […]

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Robyn: Dancing On My Own | fingerstyle guitar

Guitar does not have to be difficult to be worthwhile, and one of my personal missions is to dispel any notion to the contrary through my videos and tabs. I wholeheartedly believe Robyn’s Dancing On My Own is one of my best, and most expressive transcriptions — yet […]

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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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Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah | fingerstyle guitar

So, a major screw-up on my part was literally forgetting how much Jeff Buckley directly influenced my guitar playing — especially when writing the descriptions for my new album. I supposed I was so excited to get my EP out there that I sited whatever to […]

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Duran Duran: Come Undone | fingerstyle guitar

Once I found the capo position for Come Undone, this arrangement of Duran Duran’s 1993 hit, glided into reality within a matter of 10 minutes. An interesting aspect of transcribing pop songs to solo guitar, is the illumination of the song’s underpinnings.  It’s like dissecting an organism, and looking at how each part works […]

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