Team for Classical Guitar

“I don’t do one vertical jump in a game, but in the Combine that’s what they measure.”

-Tom Brady, Patriots QB

Eliminating Vanity Metrics

It is very easy for artists, musicians, and creators in general, to get caught up in vanity metrics. A vanity metric is anything you’re measuring, or concentrating on, that doesn’t necessarily correlate with your stated goal. In this regard, I am guilty as charged.

To identify a vanity metric, you must be very clear with yourself about your goal.

For instance, a teenager might join Twitter to communicate between her close group of friends. After a while, her use of Twitter becomes more about total number of  followers — than her initial goal of communicating with close friends on a social platform. A worst-case scenario is that her self-worth becomes tied to her number of followers.

A cash crunched small business might higher a “marketing expert” (I’ve seen this happen first hand) who’s sole job is to drive up likes on their Facebook page. However, very rarely does that correlate with actual sales.

In both cases, people are literally wasting their life-force on metrics that ultimately don’t matter.

Once I became clear about my one true goal: provide modern content for the classical guitar, I was able to identify vanity metrics that contributed nothing to my bottom line.

1) Like counts at the base of my posts.

Like counts are ridicules, and do not determine the worth of your work.  Personally, I never like blog posts because I don’t want my reading habits blasted into other people’s News Feeds.

2) Facebook Page count.

I’ve eliminated the sidebar widget that displayed my Facebook Page. The page still exists, but it is a means of notification, rather than a display to make myself feel cool.

3) Popular Posts display.

This was the most egregious offender. I had a real time display of the most Popular Posts, that had the effect of making my blog look like nothing more than a hub for The Last Of Us tabs.  The widget, in a way, became a self-fulfilling prophesy as visitors would stop by and only check out what was “popular”.

If you’re an artist, musician, or creator — it is wise to clearly define your goals and intent.  Only then can you determine what is relevant, and what is nothing more than a vanity metric.

(Note: Team is my premium content)

How to Play Team for Classical Guitar by Lorde

I really enjoy extracting instrumental guitar arrangements from pop songs.  It is hard to pick my favorites, but if pressed,  here are my top 5:

Bjork — Joga

Massive Attack — Teardrop

Duran Duran — Come Undone

The Human League — Human

Robyn — Dancing On My Own

In the case of Team, the highly original Lorde (16 years old) offers a constant flow of vocal melodies. This actually makes it easier to generate a guitar tab because I don’t have to figure out a way to fill space. However, the trade-off is that Team is complicated to play — but very doable for intermediate level guitarists, as there are no difficult chord positions .

I’m using a smaller Cordoba Dolce for Team.  It is a bright sounding, and relatively inexpensive guitar.  As always, I’m using Savarez Red Card strings. (I’m not affiliated with these companies, but I do receive a lot of inquiries about my gear.)

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

Team is tuned one 1/2 step down. The tuning is as follows from low to high: Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb. 

Lorde — Team (Tab)

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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.