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Free audio download of this performance on SoundCloud.

1923 is a Yellowstone origin story, where the Duttons face challenges to the ranch, in the early 20th century. I particularly like the character of Spencer — a WW1 soldier suffering from PTSD who’s biding time as ‘man-eater’ hunter in Africa. Kind of like Michael Douglas’s character in The Ghost and the Darkness.

It’s especially nice to see actor, Jerome Flynn, as Banner Creighton; the Scottish shepherd feuding with Jacob Dutton. You might remember him as ‘Bronn, the sell-sword’ in Game of Thrones.

Brian Tyler’s extraordinary music narrates the Yellowstone Universe. I love how he ties in the hook of the Yellowstone theme at the end of 1923’s opening titles.

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Gear used

For the 1923 Theme, I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar. It’s a relatively inexpensive guitar, that sounds dark and warm, but retains brightness in high strings. So much so, that I have to filter some of the highs out when I do my sound editing. You can fins a current list of my gear here.

Spotify and streaming

You can find my personal music on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music, and all streaming services:

Evan on Spotify

Evan on Apple

The Intellimusica Spotify Playlist: Ethereal & Cinematic Music
(This is music that I’ve played and intend to play on Intellimusica. It flows beautifully — and additionally works as music for focus, meditation, and relaxation.)

How to play the 1923 Theme | fingerstyle guitar 

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This guitar tab is beautifully written across a single page. The theme is under a minute long, so I think it’s a great piece for beginner and intermediate guitar players to get into something that sounds sophisticated, but isn’t that difficult to play. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

My structure goes like this:

Verse 2x, End

That’s it. Pretty simple.

1923 Theme | fingerstyle guitar

This piece is played one whole step down (from low to high): D G C F A D. However, you can just as easily play it in standard tuning, E A D G B E. It sounds great either way.

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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.