News of the World: Castroville | fingerstyle guitar
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News of the World

Free download of this performance on SoundCloud.

News of the World is an American Western directed by Paul Greengrass. It’s based on the 2016 novel (of the same name) by Paulette Jiles. The film follows a Civil War veteran (Tom Hanks) who must return a young girl who was stolen by natives as an infant to her last remaining family.

The music for News of the World is by composer James Newton Howard — who’s not shy with acoustic guitar in his soundtracks. This piece, Castroville, has a very similar tone to his work on The Hunger Games.

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Gear used

For this piece, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. It’s an easy playing and beautiful sounding classical guitar. I record with a Zoom Q8 Camera coupled with their SSH-6 stereo shotgun mic. (I actually found that I get better results using the mic in full mono.) You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play Castroville | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this song is beautifully written across three pages, and played straight through without repeats. I recommend this for intermediate guitar players and up. You’ll be sitting in a Bm shape for most of it (which will be difficult for beginners). Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

News of the World: Castroville | fingerstyle guitar

Castroville is played in standard tuning.

Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.