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The Office: theme for classical guitar

The Office: theme for guitar + TAB

Free download on SoundCloud. Phew, it’s been real serious around this blog for a few weeks. Time for some levity. My wife and I have been plowing through The Office, and I think we’re in season 7 right now. All of my younger guitar students […]

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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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gustavo santaolalla

John Carpenter’s Halloween Theme | fingerstyle guitar (Santaolalla style) + TAB

Halloween Carpenter himself has been touring in support of his new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. In addition to directing, John Carpenter wrote and performed the music for most of his movies. He started with low budget horror films (Halloween 1978) where it was essential […]

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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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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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Testing the Elements

This is some dummy copy. You’re not really supposed to read this dummy copy, it is just a place holder for people who need some type to visualize what the actual copy might look like if it were real content. If you want to read, […]

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gifts for guitarist

6 Not-So-Obvious Stocking Stuffers for Acoustic Guitarists

[Updated for 2016-2017. This list is focused on traditional steel-string guitar players. Visit my gear page for nylon string recommendations.] A guitar store can be intimidating  – especially if you don’t exactly what you’re looking for. To you find a couple of extra items for the […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: How to Play — Deportation / Iguazu

Even before Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Babel, Iguazu was probably the best track from Gustavo Santaolalla’s 1998 solo album Ronroco. Since then, Iguazu has been Santaolalla’s most donated organ, used in film’s like: The Insider, Yes, Fast Food Nation, and Babel. Originally played on the ronroco, […]

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