Lykke Li

I'm a recent Lykke Li fan. I first heard her music when a Facebook friend shared this video of Dance, Dance, Dance. There's also another version of her performing the same song with Bon Iver.

Save for the fact that Lykke Li is an incredibly attractive Swedish girl -- as a performance artist -- she possesses the same (impossible to look away from) factor as Thom Yorke.

I am endlessly fascinated with how an artist arrives at their musical identity. For our purpose, I'll define identity as: music + persona. Rather than a deliberate conscience decision, it's far more likely that an identity is an expression of an artist's mishmashed influences: music, film, art, etc.

To go one step further, these influences also provide the artist with their personal constitution: a set of values and principles that dictates the way they deliver music. For instance, my semi-peculiar identity is (currently) a product of:

The Xx

More experienced guitarists play to the full threshold of their abilities. Romy Madley-Croft plucks the low hanging; obvious riffs that would be overlooked by others. I also try to do this with every guitar interpretation I arrange on Intellimusica.

Gustavo Santaolalla

Ever since I first heard the Oscar-winning; minimalist guitar music from Brokeback Mountain -- Santaolalla's film score work is the beacon for everything I do. Again, I try to keep it simple and affect with least amount of notes possible.

Jeff Buckley

Although Jeff Buckley was a hyper creative; superlative guitar player -- his delivery was simple: clean tone, telecaster, Fender amp, and an angelic voice. Jeff Buckley had a clever mastery of the open strings -- especially using them to his advantage on the album, Grace. As evidenced by No Rest For the Wicked, I keep an eye toward open strings whenever possible.

The Verve

All of these influences use a heavy dose of reverb -- none more than The Verve. With soul-tugging riffs, Nick McCabe is one of the most underrated guitar players ever. Equally, Simon Jones was a pivotal influence on my bass playing in New Invisible Joy. Check out Slide Away for one of the best bass lines, then best guitar lines you'll ever hear. My list of the UK's finest offerings goes like this: Winston Churchill, James Bond, The Verve, Gemma Arterton.


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How to play Lykke Li's No Rest For the Wicked for classical guitar 

If you're somewhat experienced with guitar, I would classify No Rest For the Wicked as easy to play. The tab is very short, and easy to read. Any bar chords are simply done using your first finger.

As indicated in the tab, my order of play goes like this: Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus -- Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Post Chorus -- Intro, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Post-Chorus -- Intro (End).

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

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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.