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Fantastic Beasts

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The Fantastic Beasts movies — as with the Harry Potter predecessors — seem to be set in winter more often then not. For that reason, I think of the films, and the music by James Newton Howard, as seasonal. To me, it only feels right to play this music around winter. My favorite piece from the franchise is, A Close Friend. I view it as the central theme.

I love composer James Newton Howard. His scores from M. Night Shyamalan’s early films — Signs and The Village — are some of then best ever created.

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Gear Used

For this piece, I used my Cordoba Gk Studio guitar. It’s a crystal clear and beautiful sounding guitar. You can find a list of my current gear here.

My music

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The Intellimusica Spotify Playlist: Ethereal & Cinematic Guitar
Deep cuts from artists like Gustavo Santaolalla, Hans Zimmer, Jeff Buckley, and Radiohead – combine to create a heady flow of music for focus, meditation, and self-reflection. This is a Guitar focused (but not exclusive) playlist that elicits the emotional, captivating quality of modern film scores.

See also: Cinematic Guitar and Ethereal Christmas (also created by me).

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The guitar tab for A Close Friend is beautifully written across three pages. I recommend it for beginner guitar players as it’s  really easy to play. Enjoy! The guitar tab is available below:

You’ll play the guitar tab straight through without repeats. I labeled the chords above the tab to make it more efficient to read.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Close Friend | fingerstyle guitar

A Close Friend is played in standard tuning

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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.