Breathe In

How to Play Coda for classical guitar, by Dustin O’Halloran, from the Breath In original score

I love this one. In many cases the post-classical genre follows the simple formula of: a single compelling chord progression with evolving layers of melodies.  In this regard — Max Richter, Dustin O’Halloran, and others seem to have a shared musical philosophy.

Coda is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 1st fret — or you could just as easily play it without one too. The tab is simple and easy to read. I’ve given you a basic idea of the chord names (relative to the capo) above each chord position.

For Coda, I used my Cordoba Dolce. It a great sounding, but imperfect guitar. I’m not total expert at adjusting guitars, but it’s been my experience that classical guitars are never quite intonated correctly. You can tune the guitar up, yet some chord shapes are still slightly out of tune. I’ve embraced this, and I adjust my transcriptions, guitars, tunings, and playing style to fit the exact piece I’m playing.

If you’re using a nylon string guitar, I do however recommend Savarez Red Card strings, and changing them often to avoid intonation issues. I also keep another guitarfor detuned and alternate tunings. That guitar is strung with Savarez super high tension Yellow Card strings.

Keeping your guitars consistently tuned to your desired pitch (even when your not playing them) is a great way avoid intonation and alignment issues.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

Coda by Dustin O’Halloran for classical guitar

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