12 Years A Slave: How to Play Hans Zimmer’s Solomon for Guitar

Posted on 07. Nov, 2013 by in Film Score, Free Tabs, Hans Zimmer

Solomon by Hans Zimmer

Rather then a method post, I’d like to share a couple of cool things that peaked my interest in the last few weeks.

For the neurotic, manic-depressive, and crazy…

Not that I want to immediately direct you away from my site, but if you’re an artist, creator, or entrepreneur you should read this revealing post from NY Times bestselling author Tim Ferriss.

As I push forward with this blog, playing live, etc. I constantly have to overcome anxiety, feelings of dread, and inadequacy. It was very helpful see that a high-level creator like Tim experiences the same — but to an even greater degree.

Cordoba Guitars

I’m also pleased to announce that I’m an official Cordoba Guitars brand ambassador.  As a matter of integrity, I will continue to make gear recommendations based what I personally use. My ambassadorship with Cordoba is more of a mutual acknowledgement:  I personally use their fine guitars for Intellimusica, and they feel this blog represents their brand very well.

For those interested, I use the GK Studio and the Dolce.

Un Corbeau

Artist Daniel Legler, is a friend of mine and also a frequent contributor to this blog.  Inspired by Chris Marker’s experimental short film “La Jetée” (1962) and classical philosophical allegories like Plato’s Cave  — Daniel recently finished his first animated short that features his incredible and imaginative drawings.

Un Corbeau also features and the title track from my EP Sinking Ships & Wooden Kings (towards the end). Please stop by YouTube and give him a vote and a comment. He’s a great guy, and would appreciate your feedback.

Fierce Gentleman

I stumbled across this on the internet, and I have to say, I like the ideal.

More over, I’m fascinated with Andrew Long’s clever ingenuity in defining what it means to be a gentleman in the modern age. The blog itself is very simple, refined, and gentlemanly.

Would-be creators, and entrepreneurs should take note of this blog. Simply defining your unique take on a particular subject (ideally with a blog), can open up a world of opportunity for you.  I don’t know if Andrew plans on writing a book, selling menswear, or just blogging — but his possibilities are endless.

How to Play Hans Zimmer’s Solomon, the theme from 12 Years a Slave

It’s pretty obvious that Solomon bares a “resemblance” to Zimmer’s seminal work, Time. For those interested, I covered it pretty thoroughly in this post — where Safe Now from Captain Philips shares a similar chord progression.

You can find my arrangement of Time here, and it’s also a free tab. If you’re interested in playing more of Hans Zimmer’s movie themes on guitar, I actually have a Hans Zimmer category to the right, under the Tabs and Topics section. My favorites are On Thin Ice (The Dark Knight Rises) and Man of Steel.

The tab for Solomon, is neatly divided into 3 sections on one sheet. I’ve included the chord names above each shape. I don’t think this will help you play Solomon, but it will help you to identify chords.  I actually found the Am/C shape to be difficult — as I rarely come across that chord.

Solomon is tuned to Drop-D.  The tuning is as follows from low to high: D A D G B E. Enjoy, the tab is available below:

Solomon (Tab)

 

 

 

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