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I wrote this song in 15 minute long flow state. Artists, musicians, writers, and creators experience the “flow state” often. To explain the feeling, you’re creating something while simultaneously channeling the universe – as crazy as that sounds.


Flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.

Also, I must admit upon review, the intro of Flight, bears a resemblance to Gustavo Santaolalla’s Leyendo en el Hospital from The Motorcycle Diaries. I’m such a Santaolalla fan that my borrowing was truly unconscious and incidental. Truthfully, I had something like Gustavo Santaolalla’s Brokeback Mountain 1, 2, and 3 as a guiding light when I wrote this.

Flight really centers around the idea of a bird stumbling from a nest for the first time. Conceptually, we all do this to some degree or another. Change is difficult, but necessary for growth. Often times it requires uncomfortable decisions.

But it in the end, it’s always for the better. That’s what Flight is about.

Gear Used

For this song I used my Cordoba Gk Studio. As you can hear, it’s an incredible and remarkably even sounding instrument. As the name implies, it’s a perfect studio guitar. (I play and record acoustically, though it’s an electric/acoustic.)

My camera is a Zoom Q8 with an SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun Mic. You can find all of my gear here.

How to play Flight, by Evan Handyside

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Flight is better suited to intermediate guitar players. However, as as you can read straightforward guitar tab, I encourage you to give it a shot.

The guitar tab for Flight is only two pages long and played straight through without repeats. Please enjoy, the guitar tab is available below.

Flight is played in standard tuning.

Flight, a song for guitar by Evan Handyside

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Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.