“Rose Parade” by Elliot Smith Tutorial for Guitar

In addition to being a songwriter, I’m also a music fan and a teacher. Therefore, I was happy when a longtime client approached me with the possibility of creating video tutorials and tablature for some of his favorite songs, including this one by Elliot Smith. Incidentally, they are some of my favorite songs, too.  This tutorial is fairly thorough, moves pretty slowly, and doesn’t assume a lot about your guitar skills. I hope that you’ll find it a useful tool!

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Singer/songwriter Elliot SmithIn 2004, some months after Elliot Smith’s untimely passing, I was asked to participate in a tribute concert in which musicians from the Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh area performed some of Smith’s songs. It seemed like a nice way to deal with a lot of the feelings that come up when someone you admire so much passes away, and I was eager to participate. When asked what song I wanted to do, my immediate response was “Rose Parade.” Unfortunately, it was the first choice for numerous other acts, and someone had already claimed it. It was and is probably my favorite Elliot Smith song. It’s kind of amazing that the main pattern  is comprised of all major chords, yet sounds so melancholy – the ever-present riff within the pattern emphasizing the emotion. Then there are the lyrics. Imperfect, mysterious, and gritty. There’s a lot to like about this sad but beautiful song, and I hope that you’ve gleaned something from this tutorial.

 

 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang! A Collection of Gun-Themed Vintage Valentines!

Valentine’s Day is a big deal here at Custom Serenade. Personally, one of my favorite things associated with this romantic holiday are vintage cards, and I have a special affinity for the strange ones. In perusing numerous old valentines, I started noticing that tucked amongst the flowers and cute puns were a lot of guns. Yes, that’s right, guns! And ammo! And even artillery! Deadly weapons don’t seem like natural companions for hearts and candy, but the past often seems weird, and weird is good, right? So, here for your viewing pleasure, is a collection of gun-themed vintage valentine cards.  If you’d like to celebrate VTD with a little less explosive powder and a lot more romance, consider ordering a custom song from us!

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Nothing says love like being hunted by a bug-eyed boy with a loaded rifle!

…except maybe being held at gunpoint by someone in a black mask.

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Perhaps the abundance of available gun puns is the reason that they were so popular?

But then they struck gold with “aim”…

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Finally, we have two suicide-themed valentines.

Pretty sick, huh?
If you enjoyed these vintage valentines and want to see something equally bizarre, check out this post that features meat-themed valentines! If you’re looking for a fantastic Valentine’s Day gift that doesn’t involve meat or guns, how about a ordering a custom song? Regardless, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of cards, music, and love!