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One Hand Raised

I’m still in the swing (pardon the pun) of creating sports theme pieces. I have a couple of potential film projects in the works. I can’t really say more than that because, in all honesty, I haven’t formerly gotten either gig yet.

 At the very least, its content for my blog, so I’m happy either way. This collection of music is entitled, On Hallowed Ground. You can listen to this music, and find all of the guitar tabs here.

One Hand Raised is musical contemplation about trials and tribulations of getting to the big game, or match. The song also dwells on the sense of purposelessness after victory.

For this one, I’m drawing queues from my favorite sports scores: Friday Night lights, and Moneyball. The electric guitar with a slight clean/dirty tone gives me the post-rock sound and feel that I’m going for.

Gear Used

For One Hand Raised, I used my modified Eric Clapton Strat. The EC is built with noiseless pickups and an elaborate mid-boost and treble boost system. This allows Eric Clapton to literally turn up a tone control for (extra gain) guitar solos.

I had that taken out and replaced with MojoTone 58 Quiet Coil pickups (and traditional Strat wiring). The 58 Quiet Coils are phenomenal sounding noiseless pickups. Perfect for my recording.

My amp is a Vox AC-10: a warm sounding all tube amplifier with heavy hall-like reverb. That’s it. A pretty minimalist rig.

How to play One Hand Raised, a song for guitar by Evan Handyside

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One Hand Raised is fairly easy to play. You’ll notice, however, that I hide a pick in my hand for the fingerstyle sections. You can see me transition to the pick at 0:59 of the video.

The guitar tab for One Hand Raised is a behemoth four pages long. The only things to note in the tab are:

I use a (. . . . . .    . . . . . .) symbol to indicate the strumming. You’ll notice 6 dots. This is to imbue a sense of timing: 1 2 3 4 5 6, 1 2 3 4 5 6.

You’ll repeat the chorus twice. On the second go-around you’ll repeat the chorus end, twice.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below. One Hand Raised is played in standard tuning:

One Hand Raised, a song for guitar by Evan Handyside

Please comment to let me know what you think, or if you have any questions.

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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.