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Adele: Skyfall | fingerstyle guitar

As expected, Adele’s Skyfall is a proper Bond theme and incredibly well done. Skyfall uses a mixture of the You Know My Name (Bm – G – E) progression, the 007 theme, and Adele’s sultry vocals to pull off a perfect blend of several past […]

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The Walking Dead theme | fingerstyle guitar

My observation is that the iPhone (of which I’m an owner and a fan) has created an entire generation of “walkers” — or as the zombies are referred to in AMC’s The Walking Dead. We see them everywhere, and you might be one: a human-being […]

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The Xx: Sunset | fingerstyle guitar

“As to the methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) While […]

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Muse: Madness | fingerstyle guitar

Sounding like equal parts George Michael and U2, Muse’s new single Madness, is an unbelievably crafted pop-song.  Coldplay front-man Chris Martin praises it as “Muse’s best song ever” and there’s even a Phil Collins-esque (bump bump, bump bump, bump bump) drum fill into the final chorus crescendo. […]

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The Bourne Identity: Extreme Ways (Moby) fingerstyle guitar

Extreme Ways is the default theme song for the Bourne franchise — specifically the conclusion of each movie. Just when you think Jason Bourne or (in Legacy’s case) Arron Cross has disappeared — the sampled violins strike and Bourne is on the move. To memorize […]

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The Motorcycle Diaries: How to Play — Apertura (Gustavo Santaolalla)

Comprised from a collection of  instruments and guitars, Apertura serves as a powerful opening to The Motorcycle Diaries. This post is an all-in-one arrangement for solo guitar of Gustavo Santaolalla’s classic song. I use my middle finger to “swipe” the high notes in the beginning (and […]

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On The Road (2012): How to Play — Home (Will Hanson)

‘Home‘ is an emotive song from the trailer of Walter Salles’ (soon to be released) On The Road that sounds very much in the vain of post-rock songs like Your Hand in Mine.  I initially thought ‘Home’ was an interesting departure for Gustavo Santaolalla — that is […]

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The Dark Knight Rises: How to Play — On Thin Ice (for guitar) by Hans Zimmer

Living in Pittsburgh, we really did get a ‘behind the scenes’ look a The Dark Knight Rises. Nearly every night last summer, our local news coverage showed images of our downtown area transformed into winter, new “bat vehicles” crashing, and pictures of Anne Hathaway in […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Brokeback Mountain Suite (Encuentro en el Estudio) + TAB

Update 11/14/16: This is my all time favorite piece to play, and I’ve rewritten and updated the guitar tab for Brokeback Mountain Suite. The old guitar tab was sufficient, but I wanted to lay it out a little better. Please enjoy. July 2012: Encuentro en […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man: How to play — Rooftop Kiss (for guitar)

Rooftop Kiss materialized into beautiful guitar piece. Looking through the score for The Amazing Spider-Man, I immediately gravitated to Rooftop Kiss on it’s name alone — recalling the rooftop scene from Superman (1978) and it’s iconic music. The second page of the transcription contains a couple difficult […]

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Drive (2011): Nightcall | fingerstyle guitar

Like many of you, I find myself still listening to the big three from the movie Drive. I particularly enjoy listening to Nightcall — oddly enough, while I’m driving — at night. Having listened to Nightcall dozens of times, I couldn’t help but wonder what it […]

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Snow White and the Huntsman: How to Play — Snow White (for guitar)

The score for Snow White and the Huntsman was released on Tuesday the 29th and at the time of this posting, it’s Friday June 1st. That’s a very quick production time to go from transcribing and arranging James Newton Howard’s Snow White, to posting a […]

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