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

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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How to play Arrival of the Birds | fingerstyle guitar

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:

Arrival of the Birds is played in standard tuning, with a capo on the 6th fret.

The Cinematic Orchestra: Arrival of the Birds | fingerstyle guitar

If the 6th fret is too cramped for you, moving your capo to the 4th fret position sounds just as good.