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Iron Man 3: theme | fingerstyle guitar

“Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.” – Robert Collier My arrangement of Brian […]

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Hans Zimmer: Time | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

[Update: March 25th 2017] Inception Inception is a 2010 science fiction film written, and directed by Christopher Nolan. Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious. He is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased in […]

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Robyn: Dancing On My Own | fingerstyle guitar

Guitar does not have to be difficult to be worthwhile, and one of my personal missions is to dispel any notion to the contrary through my videos and tabs. I wholeheartedly believe Robyn’s Dancing On My Own is one of my best, and most expressive transcriptions — yet […]

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Bajofondo: How to Play — Caminante for guitar (Gustavo Santaolalla)

I’m still pumped about Bajofondo’s excellent performance in Pittsburgh last week. I find myself listening to their new album, Presente with an even greater depth of understanding –– having now seen Bajofondo live and watched Gustavo Santaolalla’s unique guitar wizardry from about two feet away. (Note: I […]

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Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah | fingerstyle guitar

So, a major screw-up on my part was literally forgetting how much Jeff Buckley directly influenced my guitar playing — especially when writing the descriptions for my new album. I supposed I was so excited to get my EP out there that I sited whatever to […]

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Bajofondo: How to Play — ‘Intro’ for guitar (Gustavo Santaolalla)

Intro, from Bajofondo’s newest release Presente, is originally from the film Les Yeux De Sa Mere (His Mother’s Eyes). Although Les Yeux De Sa Mere is little known in the states, I find it to be one of Gustavo Santaolalla’s best scores — if you’re into […]

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Duran Duran: Come Undone | fingerstyle guitar

Once I found the capo position for Come Undone, this arrangement of Duran Duran’s 1993 hit, glided into reality within a matter of 10 minutes. An interesting aspect of transcribing pop songs to solo guitar, is the illumination of the song’s underpinnings.  It’s like dissecting an organism, and looking at how each part works […]

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Muse: Starlight | fingerstyle guitar

I just saw Muse in Cleveland Ohio two weeks ago, and it was by far the best sounding, and most technologically advanced show I have ever seen. Matthew Bellamy (guitar/vocals) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass/vocals) are really amazing guitar players as they simultaneously: sing, play, trigger […]

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

I guess its fitting that Open Road is the opening song on my new EP, Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings.  This was also the first song I wrote for my new release. The entire EP was conceptualized and written in the span of 5 days […]

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DJANGO UNCHAINED: How to Play — La Corsa (2nd Version) for guitar

I was really hoping to do something along the lines of Tom Farrell’s Hermano, from the Casa de me Padre soundtrack. That is STILL one of my favorite finger-picked songs to play. But alas, I’ve gotta go where the music takes me, and Luis Bacalov’s La […]

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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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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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