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Tegan and Sara: Closer | fingerstyle guitar

Like everyone else it seems, I’m a sucker for highly stylized pop with a nod towards the 80’s.  Tegan and Sara’s new single, Closer, definitely fits the bill, and it integrated seamlessly into a solo-guitar performance. If you’re new to this blog, I have no scheme as to what […]

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Chris Isaak: Wicked Game | fingerstyle guitar

I was about 12 years old when the video for Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game was released, and at that age, I was not likely to forget it. Shot in black and white by photographer Herb Ritts, and featuring a semi-nude (and still looking good) supermodel, […]

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The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony | fingerstyle guitar

I remember the very day Urban Hymns was released. I took the day off of work (it was that important to me), bought the CD at Sam Goody, and drove around blaring it from my car stereo. I had been playing in my new band […]

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How to Play — Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings (Evan Handyside)

Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings is my favorite of the five songs from my new EP. It may sound strange, or seem obvious, but I create music that I personally want to hear. I’ve listened to my album dozens of times, and each time, I […]

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David Bowie: Where Are We Now? | fingerstyle guitar

Upon hearing the first few bars of Where Are We Now?, I was admittedly luke-warm about David Bowie’s first single in 10 years.  That is, until I was sucked in by the immensely watchable, and totally weird video.  I think I watched the video so many times […]

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Radiohead: High And Dry | fingerstyle guitar

As you can probably tell, I am on a Radiohead bender — and I’m almost ashamed that I haven’t explored solo-guitar interpretations/arrangements of their music until now. Not to belabor the blog thing, but if you want to be successful, their are certain things you have […]

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Radiohead: Everything In Its Right Place | fingerstyle guitar

I’m so focused on doing new material, that I accidentally omitted one of my favorite bands, Radiohead. Blogging is fun, but it’s totally cutthroat.  You’re essentially in a race of ideas with everyone else in your niche.  If a guitarist uploads a video to YouTube […]

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Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings: How to play — Under a Beating Sun (Evan Handyside)

My wife and I bought each other NOOK’s (Barnes & Noble’s e-reader) for Christmas last year.  It’s a cool device — but until I received two physical books for Christmas this year — I had no idea how much I missed reading actual books.  One of […]

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DJANGO UNCHAINED: How to Play Sister Sara’s Theme (Ennio Morricone)

I can’t seem to figure out if Ennio Morricone composed new songs for Django Unchained, or if Quentin Tarantino is borrowing them from Morricone’s previous work, Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970). Be as it may, Django Unchained’s Sister Sara is a nifty, spaghetti-western guitar riff that should […]

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DJANGO UNCHAINED: Django Theme (instrumental for Spanish Guitar)

Many props to Quentin Tarantino for still putting so much emphasis on soundtracks. This time around his Django Unchained soundtrack/score is a highly stylized mix of old-school spaghetti western, retro R&B, and hip-hop. Rather than the all encompassing interpretations I normally do — this can be considered an instrumental version of […]

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The Hobbit: Misty Mountains | fingerstyle guitar

Misty Mountains is clearly the most popular and compelling piece of music from The Hobbit score. I couldn’t help but imagine how this low, Celtic sounding, Dwarf a-Capella would sound on a guitar. The Hobbit: How to Play ‘Misty Mountains’ Misty Mountains is tuned one […]

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6 Not-So-Obvious Stocking Stuffers for Acoustic Guitarists

[Updated for 2016-2017. This list is focused on traditional steel-string guitar players. Visit my gear page for nylon string recommendations.] A guitar store can be intimidating  – especially if you don’t exactly what you’re looking for. To you find a couple of extra items for the […]

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