The Human League

“The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.”

-Albert Einstein

Removing the outcome

I hit the gym once or twice a week. I’m the skinny guy carrying a clipboard with a complete record of my lifts, goals, workout time, etc. I’m typically surrounded by huge (muscled) guys, casually workout while listening to music in their headphones. Not a clipboard in sight.

It just dawned on me, to some degree, they have removed the outcome from their workouts. Sure they have an idea of what they want to do, but it’s also about the process, and they proceed un-conflicted.

In my last post, I mentioned my recent obsession with search engine optimization, and pay-per-click advertising. Not only was that scheme a total failure, but the genesis of my madness was a Mead composition notebook where I scribbled dozens of notes, plans, post ideas, and strategies for Intellimusica. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I had inadvertently reduced Intellimusica to a cold blueprint, whereas my blog was a whimsical extension of my soul only a week before. Not surprisingly, like my workouts, it was unsuccessful.

It occurs to me that I never attach an outcome to the arrangements for this blog, or my guitar playing period. In that sense, I still have a child-like wonder when it comes to the instrument, and I’m successful every time.

I have since then thrown away my clipboard and Mead notebook, in favor of wonder. I have a only a slight idea of what my next workout will be, and I only have couple of blog post ideas in mind.

As artists, musicians, and creators — it’s easy to get caught up in the technical aspect of our delivery mechanisms — when all that really matters, is the quality of our product.

(Note: Human is my premium content.)

How to play Human, by The Human League, for Classical Guitar

Human is actually my second foray into the 80’s.  The first was Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game — which is one of the better arrangements I’ve ever done on this blog.

Human is not for beginners, but I would encourage intermediate level guitar players (6 months to 1 year) to give it a try.  Although my hand positions look easy, I found the timing to be slightly complicated.

The tab is very easy to read, and although Human is involved, I’ve managed to condense the tab to a page and a half. Minimal tab sheets, for me, are a physiological help in that it makes Human seem way less daunting. 

The tab is available below, enjoy!

Human is played in Drop D tuning with a capo on the first fret. The tab is written relative the capo, which means the fret immediately following the capo is considered the first fret.  

Human (Tab)

(Note: Drop D tuning is when your Low E string is tuned down to D)

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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.