The Cinematic Orchestra: Arrival of the Birds | fingerstyle guitar
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Arrival of the Birds

This performance is a free download on SoundCloud.

I've always liked The Cinematic Orchestra, and their piece, Arrival of the Birds, was recommended to me by a reader. Such beautiful music. It instantly became on one of my favorites.

This song is from Disney's The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos. The film documents the Lesser Flamingos that gather each year at Lake Natron in Tanzania -- and the salt lakes of the African Rift Valley. A Lesser Flamingo (aptly named) is slightly smaller -- though still large by most bird standards. The Crimson Wing follows their breeding and parenting, as well as the strength and determination of the species.

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For Arrival of the Birds, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. It's an easy playing guitar with very low action, and it sounds dynamically perfect. You can find a list of my current gear here.

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How to play Arrival of the Birds | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across 4 pages long, and played straight through. You'll take care to repeat the sections as indicated in the brackets. I recommend this arrangement for intermediate guitar players and up. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

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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.