“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”

-Freidrich Nietzsche

The attitude of gratitude

The single most difficult thing for me to harness is: gratitude. As artists, musicians, and creators — we mourn the process of creating.  No matter what the result — gratitude is equal to satisfaction, and satisfaction is submission.

It is a flawed mindset, but one that I can’t get away from. I don’t know about you, but I am relentlessly — never satisfied. I have an idea of what I want my life to be like, and a certain way I’d like to achieve it all. As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” Easy for him to say.

Since gratitude does not come naturally to creators, it’s usually practiced. Entrepreneur Noah Kagen, refers to it as his morning GEBY: Gratitude, Exercise, Breakfast, You (meditation).

I think Freidrich Nietzsche’s point is more to the observation of art, and the subsequent gratitude. Like standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon and admiring the majesty. Gratitude happens naturally, and is not forced.

In that sense, we can’t let ourselves off of the gratitude hook. Achievement happens through tenacity, and gratitude happens when we observe someone else’s achievement.

(Note: But…Guai? is my premium material.)

How to Play But… Guai? by Gustavo Santaolalla, from the Biutiful soundtrack/score

My very first post was Gustavo Santaolalla’s Epilogue from the Biutiful original score. Not long after that, I did Lait, and Rein as well. Venturing to those posts will take you back 2 and 1/2 years to the very beginning of Intellimusica.

The tabs look horrible, my writing was cheesy, I could barely work my camera, and I’m confident that Epilogue is played entirely wrong. Seeing this for the first time in a long time has actually made me pretty gracious about how far I’ve come.

But…Guai? is loosely played and very improvisational.  I have drawn up a very simple, easy, and beautiful looking tab that adds structure to Gustavo Santaolalla’s original performance.  

My hope is, that after you’ve played through it a few times (and had a couple glasses of wine) the timing and nuances will be a result of playing guitar in the moment — rather than memorizing slides, and hammer-ons — which I have excluded in the tab. It’s relatively easy to play, and very doable for intermediate guitar players. 

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

But… Guai? is actually played on electric guitar, and it’s tuned (a whopping) two and a half steps down.  The tuning is as follows from low to high: B E A D F# B.

But Guai (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.