Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings

“We’re clearly a bad judge of our own creations. That why we should just put it out there and let the world decide.” – Derek Sivers, CDbaby Founder and author of Anything You Want

Me, the worst judge.

I never intended to perform this song because I was unhappy with the way it turned out. I was so eager to upload my EP, Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings to CDBaby that I never listened closely to the production of The Stillness.  My engineer and I inadvertently added a filter effect to the song which bothers me to this day — but goes totally unnoticed by others.

However, I received a gracious comment on YouTube from someone who had learned all the songs from my EP, Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings, and they were eager for me to complete my transcriptions with The Stillness. Happy to oblige.

I am conflicted about many of my performances. A long standing one is, For The Realm, where I didn’t play very well. The most recent is: Left Behind (Together) where I didn’t play well, nor did my recording sound good. [The D string has a low mid-range boom that ruins the sound — at least on my devices.] No to mention, I’m horrified at the way all of my tabs look from about 2011-2012.

(Update: I just re-did For the Realm, and crushed it.)

CDBaby founder Derek Sivers has a chapter in his book called, Obvious to you. Amazing to others. He posits that we are always amazed at other people’s creations, whereas the creator themselves is not at all amazed by their own work. [In some cases they even dislike it] All this, while we think of our personal work as never being good as the other guy’s.

It is easy for me to convey supreme confidence while posting YouTube videos and writing personal development posts, but the truth is: I’m not confident in anything I do. However, I have learned that you just have to do your best, let the chips fall where they may, and know that its never as bad as it seems to you.

We all lack total confidence in our creations.  The difference is in those who put it out there anyway, despite their fear of failure or rejection. And remember, what might seem unsatisfactory to you, might be amazing to other people. I appreciate the YouTube commentator who reminded me of that.

How to play The Stillness, a song for guitar by Evan Handyside

If you’re interested in playing the other songs from my EP Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings you can find them here.

The Stillness is played in standard tuning. The tab is very clear and easy to read.  I’ve marked the chord shapes where applicable. It is fairly easy to play, other than the F chord where I’m quickly barring (then releasing the bar) as The Stillness transitions into the chorus.

And welcome back to my Cordoba GK Studio: the most ergonomic guitar I own. I actually have a dislocated rib at the moment from a freak accident (long story), so this guitar is helping my blog and teaching duties immensely. The body is thin, but also very tall.  You hardly have to lean over the guitar to play it.

Enjoy, the tab is available below

The Stillness 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.