Tag: Holiday

A Christmas Carol (2019): theme | fingerstyle guitar

A Christmas Carol (2019): theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

A Christmas Carol (2019) Free download on SoundCloud. “What was the purpose of our gross accumulation?” – Jacob Marley A Christmas Carol (2019) is a British miniseries (starring Guy Pearce) based on the 1843 novella of the same name by Charles Dickens. It aired on […]

Read more ›

Ode To The Season – Evan Handyside (Contemporary, ambient guitar) + TAB

Ode to the Season Free mp3 download. At last I finished the final and 5th song for my Holiday/Christmas EP, Ode to Season. I didn’t have a plan in late September, just the thought that I’d like to release a seasonal EP in late November. While […]

Read more ›
evan handyside

The Holly in the Windy Hedge – Evan Handyside (Ambient, world guitar) + TAB

The Holly in the Windy Hedge Free Mp3 Download on SoundCloud. I wrote this song for a Christmas/Winter EP I hope to release late this month or December. The song is based upon a phrase in the poem: Christmas, by John Betjeman  ‘…The holly in […]

Read more ›
coventry carol

Coventry Carol – Evan Handyside (fingerstyle guitar) + TAB

Coventry Carol Free MP3 Download on SoundCloud. The “Coventry Carol” is an English Christmas carol dating from the 16th century. Loreena McKennitt’s version is my favorite and you can find my arrangement of her performance here. My intention is to release a Christmas EP by […]

Read more ›
god rest ye merry, gentlemen

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Ambient, World guitar) + TAB

[I know it’s only October 8th, and you’re not ready for Holiday music yet. Click here for my take on John Carpenter’s Halloween theme.] God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Free MP3 Download on SoundCloud.  God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen is an English traditional Christmas carol […]

Read more ›
In Grace, Evan Handyside

In Grace – Evan Handyside (Ambient, World guitar) + TAB

Every post since July 2018 has (and will have) a free MP3 Download available on SoundCloud. Listening is an underrated form of practice. Making these songs a part of playlist is a good idea. Special thanks Sedona based photographer/guitarist Derek von Briesen for the photo. […]

Read more ›
loreena mckennitt

Loreena McKennitt: Coventry Carol for guitar + TAB

Coventry Carol One of my favorite Christmas albums is Loreena McKennitt’s, A Winter Garden. The Holiday EP was released in 1995, the same year I graduated high school. At that time, I had begun working part-time in the mornings at Natural Wonders (I taught guitar […]

Read more ›
mychael danna

The Man Who Invented Christmas: In the Season of Hope + TAB

In the Season of Hope I’m very excited to see The Man Who Invented Christmas. The closing theme, In the Season of Hope, by composer Mychael Danna, really resonated with me. Above all, I’m obsessed with the flow of every piece I do. In the […]

Read more ›
jeff buckley

The First Noel for guitar (Jeff Buckley vibe) + TAB

The First Noel I love Christmas and holiday music. For The First Noel I wanted to reimagine it in the vibe of Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah. I capoed the 5th fret as Buckley does, and I also added a few other parts — an intro and […]

Read more ›
the polar express

The Polar Express: theme | fingerstyle guitar (Alan Silvestri) + TAB

The Polar Express Composer Alan Silvestri’s The Polar Express theme is a modern classic, and I think of it in the same caliber — as any of the classic John Williams movie themes. Even though The Polar Express was released in my adulthood (2004) I […]

Read more ›
Silent Night

Silent Night – Minimalist guitar for beginners + TAB

I’m so enamoured with Gustavo Santaolalla’s guitar playing, that I try to channel his minimalist sensibility with the music I do. I really like this understated arrangement of Silent Night. Everything is in the right place. Guitar doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful. […]

Read more ›
gifts for guitarist

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 […]

Read more ›