“Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long-run.”
Seth Godin

Be Weird

Much like Lana Del Rey, Lorde has an unmistakable sound and musical identity. She’s quite literally Lorde, and nothing else.

I’m endlessly fascinated with artists who cultivate a strong identity. In any category, you’ll have just a few artists at the top of the pyramid, and below, everybody else just sounds the same. They’re different variations of the same theme. 

This begs the question: is conformity of any kind even worth it? Even in a business sense.

If you think about it, the most successful people we know are a little weird. Their ideas and (more importantly) their actions stand out from the rest of us.

If you’re a young person (or even in your late 30’s like me) consider acting upon a strange impulse or idea. Be a little weird. This blog is kinda weird. You have nothing to lose but your conformity.

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” – Theodore Rooselvelt

Bold vision, understated style

Successful people typically have a look that’s as unique as their output. However, the better their output — the simpler their look needs to be.

Steve Jobs simplified his wardrobe to a black turtle neck and jeans. You’ll often see Lorde wearing a simple black dress. It’s as if their artistic identity and conveyed ideas are so strong — that anything beyond a minimalist outfit would be a distraction.

Conversely, but not always the case, lesser talented individuals take their physical identity to outrageous levels. The former is ideal.

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How to play Yellow Flicker Beat for classical guitar

Yellow Flicker Beat for classical guitar is one of the best looking tabs I’ve even drawn up. Conveying music to anonymous people over the internet, in the simplest way possible, has led me to become obsessive about the look and pacing of my guitar tabs.

This song was difficult to conceptualize for solo-guitar, and even harder to record in one take. I don’t have time to memorize all of the songs I arrange for Intellimusica, so I have to write guitar tab that allows me to easily read and play at the same time.

As always, the guitar tab I provide for you is the exact same one I use in the video. This also ensures every note I play is represented in the tab and the performance.

The order of play for Yellow Flicker Beat is: Intro, Verse, Pre-chorus, 1st Pre chorus End, Chorus — Verse [Pre chorus, 1st end, Pre chorus, 2nd end] Chorus, End.

Although this song is just a series of basic chords shapes, I found it slightly difficult to play. I recommend Yellow Flicker Beat for intermediate guitarists and up.

I’ve placed dividing lines within the tab to signify the different chord shapes. I’ve also written the chord name above the ledger to help you as well.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

Yellow Flicker Beat is tuned one half step down. The tuning is as follows from low to high: D# G# C# F# A# D#. Depending on your tuner, it might look like this: Eb Ab C# F# Bb Eb.

Lorde — Yellow Flicker Beat for classical guitar

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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.