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 walking, standing, or driving while gazing into the screen of an iPhone. I’m definitely one of them, but I’m trying to change.

Recently, one of my 10 year-old guitar students mentioned to me that he was going on a field trip the following day.  I’m 35, and even I was excited for him.  I mean, field trips were awesome! It didn’t matter where you went — as long you were away from school and with your friends.

My student looked at me like I was crazy, then stated that field trips are total crap because the students are not allowed to bring any phones or electronic devices with them.  He then stated, it’s like they’re trying to force us to talk to one another.  He was serious.

The fact that large parts of our young and adult population cannot bare (even the thought of) extended human interaction is troubling.  My phone situation is not even as bad as others.  

I really drew the line at apps early on.  My thinking was that I haven’t accomplished nearly what I want to achieve in life, and iPhone apps, Xbox, or computer games are certainly not going to get me there.  I think I was right about that too.   I literally have no apps of any consequence on my iPhone.

I feel like my successful teaching business, this blog, and my soon-to-be-finished EP are all an outgrowth of tempering the digital in favor of the real. If you’re not where you want to be in life, it might be time to inventory your digital distractions. Your dissatisfaction might be in direct proportion to how many apps you have…


My wife and I just finished binge watching season 2 of The Walking Dead.  I might be biased because I’ve always liked zombie flicks, but if you haven’t seen The Walking Dead, its really good.  

How to Play The Walking Dead Theme for classical guitar

The intro music is a quick progression of minor arpeggios. Even if you’re not a fan of The Walking Dead, this quick progression can serve as an exercise to work on finger-pick speed and left-hand agility.  

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

The Walking Dead theme is tuned one whole step down with the Low E string tuned to D.  The tuning is as follows, from low to high: C G C F A D

The Walking Dead (Tab)

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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.