Flight - Evan Handyside (Ambient, World guitar)
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Flight

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In 2017, I wrote this song in about 15 minutes while in flow state. Artists, musicians, and creators experience the ‘flow state’ to some degree. It’s often called “the zone” — fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus.
That’s how I write music and/or create arrangements. I treat music like a puzzle. The key (for me) is to find the most elegant structure — with the least amount of notes.

Flight centers around the idea of a bird stumbling from a nest for the first time. Conceptually, we all do this in our lives to some degree. Change is difficult, but necessary for growth. Often times it requires uncomfortable decisions. Flight is about one’s personal development.

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.

If you enjoy my music…
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(These songs are also on Spotify, and wherever you get your music.)

Bonus: Max Richter: The Departure (The Leftovers) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB. It’s the end of May 2021, and this was far and away my favorite thing to play this month.

Gear used

For this piece, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. Although, more often than not, I’m using a C7 for my blog material, I truly view the GK Studio as my main guitar. It’s a perfectly balanced and even sounding guitar. GREAT for recording. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play Flight | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across two pages. While the chord shapes are relatively easy, I recommend this song for intermediate guitar players and up. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

This is an updated performance from 2017, so you’ll see that date indicated on the guitar tab. I also jotted down the names of the chord shapes above the tab where applicable. This will help you get through the song more efficiently.

Flight – Evan Handyside (Ambient, World guitar)

You’ll play the guitar tab straight through without repeats. Flight is played in standard tuning.

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