157910_219133468111171_360121537_nI’m still pumped about Bajofondo’s excellent performance in Pittsburgh last week. I find myself listening to their new album, Presente with an even greater depth of understanding– having now seen Bajofondo live and watched Gustavo Santaolalla’s unique guitar wizardry from about two feet away.

(Note: I ascribe a lot of Bajofondo’s guitar genius to Gustavo Santaolalla, however Juan Campodonico is basically the other half of Bajofondo’s conception and musical framework.  He’s also great guitarist, who (at least live) plays 50% of Bajofondo’s guitar work.)

You can get a good perspective of Bajofondo from their new video for Pide piso. Their delivery is actually very Radiohead-esque, and by that I mean, they’re totally immersed in their collaboration.  Although Bajofondo is somewhat forced to perform toward the audience, you get the feeling that they’d be just as happy facing one another in a studio, rocking out to their own eclectic music.

I tried to create an all-in-one arrangement for Caminante, but only succeeded in capturing the bass and guitar parts.  Even still, this turned out to be bad-ass guitar piece, and its perfectly doable for intermediate level guitarists looking to get into something slightly more exotic — but that doesn’t require a degree from Berkeley to figure out.

I would encourage you to purchase and listen relentlessly to the Bajofondo’s Caminante for two reasons:

1) Most people are not aware that mid-level bands (or mid-tail, if you’re aware of the long-tail concept) barely make an middle-class income.  

I am not purporting to know anything about Bajofondo’s income, nor am I asking you to cry a river for people who play music for a living.  I am saying that many world-famous artists aren’t as “well off” as you’d think, and it’s in the best interest of musicians and music consumers to pay for an artist’s intellectual property. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what will happen to the music marketplace when it no longer becomes remotely profitable to be a working musician.  

This is a long over do and fascinating exposition on Grizzly Bear’s financial situation.  Coincidentally they played the same night as Bajofondo in Pittsburgh.  I would add to this, that it’s impossible for an artist to reach their potential while simultaneously working at Starbucks to pay for healthcare.

2) From my Snow White and the Huntsman post: Relentless listening is a hugely overlooked and undervalued part of learning anything. I’m a house-call guitar instructor so I’m driving around to lessons all day long. I’ll put (whatever I happen to be playing at the time) on repeat and listen to the same song in between lessons, over and over. By listening to whatever you’re learning (it doesn’t have to be music either), every nuance of the piece becomes a part of your subconscious. This technique is so effective, that actually playing the song on a guitar seems like a mere formality after you’ve heard the song a few dozen times. So, if you’re walking to class, driving to work, or exercising — get your headphones on!

How to Play Bajofondo’s Caminante for guitar

The bass note is pumped along during the entire song — which might be the only difficult part of Caminante.  The chord positions are not hard at all, but they do require you to be agile.

I not brushing the high strings as with previous posts either.  I use a solid three-finger pluck on the high strings. 

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

Caminante is played in standard tuning with the *A string tuned down to G*.

Caminante (Tab)


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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.