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Adagio in C Minor

Free audio download of this performance on SoundCloud.

HBO’s Succession has definitely been on my list to watch. A friendly listener suggested Impromptu No. 1 from the soundtrack of Season 3. I had no idea the classically inspired music was from composer, Nicholas Britell. He’s one of my all time favorite musicians.

Impromptu No. 1 is a piano variation of Adagio in C Minor; the principle motif from the series. I split the difference for my guitar arrangement, combining elements from both.

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Gear used

For this piece, I use my Cordoba C7 guitar. You can find a current list of my gear here.

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How to play Adagio in C Minor | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across 2 pages. While I made this arrangement as easy to play as possible – I still recommend this for intermediate guitar players and up. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

My song structure goes like this:

Intro 2x, Verse 2x, Chorus 2x

Intro 2x, End

Succession (HBO): Adagio in C Minor | fingerstyle guitar

My tuning is actually Open F (from low to high): C F C F A C.

You don’t have to tune this low. You can get the same effect by using Open G (from low to high): D G D G B D. It will just sound one whole step higher.


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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.