Category: Easy to Play

Gustavo Santaolalla: Should I Let her Know? (21 Grams) + TAB

In a previous post I had mentioned that I had yet to watch Alejandro Inarritu’s, 21 Grams. I did, but made it a 1/4 of the way through. It’s well done and well acted, but I just can’t take prolonged sorrow in movies these days. […]

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Captain Fantastic: Memories for guitar (Alex Somers) + TAB

When you have kids (mine is 16 months) you really don’t go see movies anymore. My wife and I watch plenty of them — it’s just going to the cinema is nearly impossible. Even still, I’m jerry-rigging my busy teaching schedule to see Captain Fantastic this week. Captain […]

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Stranger Things (Netflix): theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

[Update Oct 2017: Stranger Things 2: opening theme for guitar + TAB. Continue below for the classic main theme.] I could watch Stranger Things from now until the end of time. I’m 39, so in 1987, I was right around the age the boys in […]

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Glory (1989): Theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

My interest in film music predates even playing guitar. My Dad (who passed away when I was 14) was very interested in the arts for a businessman. He would often takes us to movies, no matter the age restriction, if he felt the concepts would […]

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The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans: Main Title theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

I was reading (author and podcaster) Tim Ferriss’ weekly newsletter called 5 Bullet Friday, where he mentioned that he’s been listening to The Last of the Mohicans score. I remembered that being an excellent movie, and there’s a few scenes where the music stood out […]

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Radiohead: True Love Waits | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

As I listen back to this performance of Radiohead’s True Love Waits, it flows just as easily — as when I first transcribed it. This arrangement took about 20 minutes for me to put together, and it was definitely a “flow state” experience: Flow is […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: Tazarine (Babel) for guitar + TAB

Babel is a movie directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant). The movie connects seemingly unrelated people around the globe, and may challenge your biases, or preconceived notions.  Gustavo Santaolalla won two back to back Academy Awards for Best Score. Brokeback Mountain in 2005, […]

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Joe Bonamassa: The Valley Runs Low for acoustic guitar + TAB

Who is the greatest guitar player in the world? Most people think, for good reason, it’s Joe Bonamassa. His style is a perfect mashup of every blues guitar hero that mattered in the last 60 years: Clapton, Paul Kossoff, Jeff Beck, Mike Bloomfield, etc. To […]

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Hans Zimmer: Beautiful Lie | fingerstyle guitar

The chord progression and melody for Beautiful Lie is classic Hans Zimmer. It reminds me of his other great works: Time, Solomon, and Chevaliers de Sangreal. Hans Zimmer has a knack for these simple, steady, and impassioned chord progressions — that slowly build in their […]

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Midnight Special Theme for guitar

To me, each of Jeff Nichols’ four movies exemplify perfectly crafted storytelling. I think of Nichols’ films with the same fondness as M. Night Shyamalan’s first few films. Out of the gates, M. Night, wrote and directed: The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs. All phenomenal […]

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Room (2015): The Mighty Rio Grande for acoustic guitar (This Will Destroy You)

Labeling a band’s sound is difficult, especially when the band in question probably doesn’t like their label. Be as it may, This Will Destroy You is a post-rock band in he vein of: Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky. They specialize in emotive instrumental […]

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Hans Zimmer: Now We Are Free (Gladiator) fingerstyle guitar

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations One of the many benefits of my son arriving into the world last year, is that I have very little time to dwell on anything else […]

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