Category: Random

A Wayfaring Stranger, an EP by Evan Handyside

The concept is based around, The Wayfaring Stranger, a well-known American folk and gospel song that originated in the early 19th century. The song is about a plaintive soul on the journey of life. The most popular variation is from Johnny Cash. In my humble […]

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Coventry Carol, a Christmas EP by Evan Handyside

Coventry Carol is a Christmas EP that I’ve long wanted to release. It’s a short collection of 5 songs. All are my own arrangements, and two of them are written by me: The Holly in the Windy Hedge and Ode to the Season. I’ve been […]

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Schitt's Creek Theme | fingerstyle guitar

Schitt’s Creek Theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Schitt’s Creek Free download of this performance on SoundCloud. I’m definitely late to the game with Schitt’s Creek, but I love it so far. My wife and I are on season 4. Interestingly, the quirkiness of the central theme is totally lost with my sober […]

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The Garden Tomb, an EP by Evan Handyside

The Garden Tomb is my first EP since 2012’s Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings. It’s a collection of 5 contemplative guitar pieces in the New Age/World genre. It’s available wherever you get your music. Here’s a couple of quick links: Spotify Apple The tracks: Anna […]

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The Office: theme for classical guitar

The Office Theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Office  Free download on SoundCloud. My wife and I plowed through The Office in 2019. All of my younger guitar students had been imploring me to watch it. The series turned out to be just the right thing for us to watch. I get […]

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An old-timey, Gypsy Americana guitar riff + TAB

Gypsy Americana Mp3 download on Soundcloud. My good friend Dr. Nathan Riley is an OB/Gyn based in San Diego, California. He just started a podcast for his profession called The OB/Gyno Wino Podcast. At least that’s the working title. Of course he asked me to […]

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13 reasons why

13 Reasons Why: Oh In This World of Dread, Carry On (Eskmo) for guitar + TAB

13 Reasons Why Although I haven’t watched 13 Reasons Why — all of my teenage guitar students are talking about it, and it keeps popping up in my social news feeds. I figured if THIS MANY people are interested, I should probably check out the music. The […]

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elliot smith

Heaven Adores You: Untitled Guitar Finger Picking Demo (Elliott Smith)

Elliott Smith was a major influence on my musicality in my most formative years. When I joined my rock band in the late 90’s, we were all devouring music by ethereal songwriters like Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley. [Buckley has a new album of unreleased […]

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spanish guitar

Spanish guitar improvisation in A minor

Well, I guess this is not really a Spanish guitar “improvisation”, since I wrote it down and played it note for note. However, most of what we assume is off the cuff, are actually memorized guitar riffs that are so deeply ingrained and practiced, the guitarist […]

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better call saul

Better Call Saul: How to play the opening guitar riff

I love Better Call Saul. Dare I say it, I think it’s even better than Breaking Bad. Bob Odenkirk is the very definition of a ‘je ne sais quoi’. I could watch this guy play any character. [He was equally good in 2014’s oscar nominated, Nebraska.] […]

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Cymatics

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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