Category: Best of Intellimusica

gustavo santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: Brokeback Mountain 1 guitar theme + TAB

Brokeback Mountain 1 Gustavo Santaolalla’s Brokeback Mountain 1 is my favorite piece of music ever. It informs, literally, all of my guitar playing. It’s the sole reason for this blog, and serves as a grounding principle for my musicality: minimalism. When in doubt, play less. […]

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billie eilish

ocean eyes (Billie Eilish) fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Billie Eilish Billie Eilish is a 16 year-old Los Angeles based singer/songwriter. Her older brother, Finneas O’Connell, is Billie’s songwriting partner and producer. Her song, ocean eyes, is just beginning to hit with my young guitar students. I’ve taught this song a dozen times already […]

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gustavo santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: Amores Perros (guitar themes) + TAB

Amores Perros Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Amores Perros (2001) is an ambitious story of lives that collide in a Mexico City car crash. Inventively structured as overlapping and intersecting narratives. Gustavo Santaolalla initially said no to this project, because he was too busy producing […]

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the polar express

The Polar Express: theme | fingerstyle guitar (Alan Silvestri) + TAB

The Polar Express Composer Alan Silvestri’s The Polar Express theme is a modern classic, and I think of it in the same caliber — as any of the classic John Williams movie themes. Even though The Polar Express was released in my adulthood (2004) I […]

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tom petty

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Don’t Come Around Here No More (fingerstyle guitar) + TAB

Don’t Come Around Here No More Very sad news about Tom Petty. He was a favorite of just about everybody. I had the opportunity to see him live a half dozen times since high school, AND just this past June — where he looked and […]

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blade runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049: Tears In the Rain (Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch) for guitar + TAB

Tears In the Rain I would also strongly add Vangelis as the principal composer of this song. “Tears In Rain” minus a (the) is from the original iconic Blade Runner (1982) soundtrack. Tears in the Rain is nearly a verbatim replicant (sorry had to) of […]

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blade runner

Blade Runner (1982): Main Titles (Vangelis) for guitar + TAB

Blade Runner 1982 The original Blade Runner is one of my all time favorites. I’ve watched it a dozen times. Ridley Scott’s bleak dystopian future is still so gritty and “80’s weird” — in a conceptual way. Like all great SiFi themes, the Blade Runner […]

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IT: Every 27 Years | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Every 27 Years Every 27 Years can be considered the IT main title theme. It’s a solo piano piece that sounds like delicate (yet demented) carnival music. When distilled to a single guitar, you can see the sophisticated operating level of composer, Benjamin Wallfisch. You […]

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Wind River: Feather (instrumental guitar) + TAB

[Update 4/21/22] Feather This song is played during the end credits of Wind River. Feather is by indie folk artist, William Wild. William Wild is the moniker of guitarist/singer Garrett Sale. I think it’s a Bon Iver situation, where the pseudonym eventually becomes known as […]

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lana del rey

Lana Del Rey: Heroin | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Heroin Having listened all the way through Lana Del Rey’s new record, I’m continually amazed at her originality, and ability to endlessly create content in her space. I guess, like anything, it’s mastery. If you’re obsessed, and relentlessly create, it becomes easier and easier. My […]

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Dunkirk (2017): Variation 15 | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Variation 15 (Dunkirk) Although Hans Zimmer is the principal composer of the Dunkirk Score, the soft ambient/melodic tracks are from composer Benjamin Wallfisch, and classical composer Sir Edward Elgar 1857-1934. The music of Dunkirk is a reimagined piece from Sir Edward Elgar entitled, Nimrod – […]

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Twin Peaks Theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Twin Peaks [Wikipedia, edited] Originally aired in 1990, Twin Peaks is a crime drama mixed with healthy doses of the surreal, this series is about FBI Agent Dale Cooper, who travels to the small logging town of Twin Peaks to solve the murder of seemingly […]

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