Adele: How to play — Skyfall (theme for classical guitar)

Posted on 05. Oct, 2012 by in British Invasion, Evan's Faves, Film Score, Pop Songs, Premium Tabs

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 Bond themes. The closest I can come to a Skyfall comparison is:  if Shirley Bassey sung Thunderball rather than Tom Jones.

And if you haven’t seen Skyfall yet, go, its amazing. 

This solo guitar interpretation is played in

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24 Responses to “Adele: How to play — Skyfall (theme for classical guitar)”

  1. Troy

    06. Oct, 2012

    Nice job Evan, I really love this song and your interpretation of it is spot on. :)

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    • Evan Handyside

      06. Oct, 2012

      Thanks Troy, I got Skyfall transcribed and uploaded within 12 hours of the release so I’m glad it turned out well. Thank you for commenting!

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  2. Edward

    07. Oct, 2012

    Fantastic arrangement. You come up with the best interpretations of songs that are actually playable and preserve all the nuances. I play them all the time. Thanks, and keep on keeping on.

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  3. Daniel

    08. Oct, 2012

    There’s not much I can add to what’s been said already. Great transcription once more.
    I seriously have no idea if I’d play anywhere near as much as I do now if I wouldn’t have found your blog. Thank you very much for keeping my passion up.

    Do you think you’ll give Danny Elfman’s Frankenweenie a try? I listened to the score the other day and he once again came up with some very nice tunes. I could imagine some of his stuff transcribed for classical guitar … It might be quite a challenge as his orchestral music consists of quite a lot of layers and the instrumentation is very important too. But the main melodies are very clear.

    Anyway, I’m having a lot of fun with your Skyfall transcription at the moment! Thank you.

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    • Evan Handyside

      10. Oct, 2012

      Thanks Daniel,

      Yes I’ll take a look a Frankenweenie. Did you see Dark Shadows yet? Great score! Good movie too, I don’t why it was poorly reviewed.

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      • Daniel

        10. Oct, 2012

        Well yes I saw it but in my opinion it wasn’t more than okay. Seems like Tim Burton is running out of ideas or he’s just putting out too much lately. Same for the score. I thought it was good and I appreciated Elfman’s attempt to get a certain romantic goth feeling to the score and loosening the whole thing up with a few harsh guitar riffs. In the end though I found it a bit inconsistent and hard to listen to the whole way through. But if that nuance in your comment between “great score” and “good movie” was intended then I agree ;)

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        • Evan Handyside

          10. Oct, 2012

          That’s funny, for whatever reason that’s the first movie in a long time that held my attention. Actually, maybe it was Eva Green that held my attention the whole time. That’s a distinct possibility!

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  4. Paul

    10. Oct, 2012

    Thank you. This sounds amazing. I have been playing the guitar for a bit more than a year but I think this is doable :)

    I know this song is a classical and already done. But do you think you could check out the song François Couperin – Les baricades misterieuses that is played in the movie “The Tree Of Life” . There is a short scene where a father plays the piano(this song ) and the son plays it on a guitar. The thing is they play it very slow(the original is played fast) and it sound very nice. Do you think you could check it out and maybe write a tab for it or make your own interpretation. I think you would like it. ( I don’t know if you saw the film but you could check at least the part I am talking about it is I think in about half of the film)
    Thanks a lot.

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    • Evan Handyside

      11. Oct, 2012

      Hi Paul, I did Funeral March from The Tree of Life trailer. I know the song your talking about and there’s a guy Stephen Reck who did it on YouTube. As for going back and doing the guitar song (from the movie), it’s a little dated for my blog, but who knows I might get to it someday. Thanks for connecting with me!

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  5. Keelin

    14. Oct, 2012

    Hey Evan, I’m a huge fan of all your work especially this one :)
    I was wondering if you could look into doing something from the new movie “The Perks of being a Wallflower”. I’m really looking forward to learning the rest of your future works! :D
    Thanks again

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    • Evan Handyside

      14. Oct, 2012

      Hi Keelin, thanks for commenting. We’re you referring to the soundtrack or the score to Perks? In this case they’re two separate albums.

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  6. Keelin

    15. Oct, 2012

    I was thinking the score or whatever you can transcribe to the guitar best :)

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  7. Annie

    18. Nov, 2012

    This is excellent, thank you for posting it!

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  8. rajaofera

    29. Nov, 2012

    Thanks for the Tab. I do really like your version.
    May I kindly ask you to name each chord you are playing so that I can quicky identify the chords and especially when you change chords.

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  9. Name

    29. Nov, 2012

    Hello i am from Mexico, and i love this song

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  10. Pjossemannen

    12. Apr, 2013

    Hi Evan! Great rrangement of this nice tune, good work! I must be extremely dumb, but where do I find the tabs,,,? There are so many categories here…

    Espen from Norway.

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  12. Eric

    15. May, 2013

    Hi Evan,

    Great job on this song. Wonderful.
    How can get the tabs of Skyfall?

    Thanks fos allé

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  13. snappyeyes

    21. Dec, 2013

    Hi , I love it it is amazing!

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