Category: Easy to Play

An Old Heart 3

An Old Heart 3: a song for guitar by Evan Handyside + TAB

I originally wrote all of the music for (what I now call) An Old Heart for another movie. It was a great opportunity, but as it turned out, my music was too sentimental and not a good fit for the film. I’ve written about that […]

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gustavo santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: Did This Really Happen? (21 Grams) + TAB

21 Grams is a 2003 American drama film directed by director Alejandro González Iñárritu, also the director of: The Revenant, Babel, Birdman. 21 Grams is groundbreaking, in that the storytelling is non-linear. You’re presented with three people, with three seemingly unrelated stories — until they’re […]

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Allied: The Letter / End Credit (Alan Silvestri) for classical guitar + TAB

The Letter / End Credit is what stood out to me most from Alan Silvestri’s Allied score. It’s a pretty and patriotic sounding song much like TAPs. I’m not always successful, but I try to make all of my film score arrangements as simple and […]

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts: theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

[Update 2018: This song is also known as Salamander Eyes from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.] I haven’t read or watched anything from the Harry Potter franchise, but I love composer James Newton Howard. ‘Newt Says Goodbye to Tina‘ is a poignant melody that […]

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johann johannsson

Arrival: Kangaru for guitar (Jóhann Jóhannsson) + TAB

I’m very excited to see Arrival — but with a 19 month-old at home, my movie watching has taken a serious hit. Even still, I’ve been a huge Denis Villeneuve fan ever since his movie Prisoners, which is also scored by Jóhann Jóhannsson. Principally, Jóhann Jóhannsson is […]

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An Old Heart 3

An Old Heart 2: a song for guitar by Evan Handyside + TAB

This music was originally written for another movie. Ultimately my music wasn’t used in the film, but I’m still pleased with my work. Actually, even though it wasn’t right for the movie, this collection of music might be my greatest achievement. You can get the […]

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Hans Zimmer: Life Must Have Its Mysteries (Inferno) for guitar + TAB

Chevaliers de Sangreal, from The Da Vinci Code, is one of Hans Zimmer’s most famous pieces of music. Life Must Have Its Mysteries is really just an updated variation of Chevaliers de Sangreal for Ron Howard’s Inferno — the third movie of the Robert Langdon trilogy. I […]

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Edward Snowden

Snowden Moscow Variation | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Snowden Moscow Variation is a really pretty piece of music. The tone is hopeful and resolved. I haven’t seen Snowden yet, but I imagine this is the closing theme. Snowden Moscow Variation turned out great for guitar. In the latter half, I employed a technique […]

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Jeff Russo

The Night Of: theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

My first experience with Jeff Russo’s work was his melodic Fargo theme from the award winning FX series. His theme for HBO’s The Night Of is just as compelling, with an edge to it like Bernard Herrmann’s Hitchcock themes.  Although I’m playing what could be characterized […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: Snow (Brokeback Mountain) + TAB

If you’re a Gustavo Santaolalla fan, a musician, or a creator — I recommend listening to the (Gustavo Santaolalla edition of) On Being Podcast with Krista Tippett. It’s the most comprehensive interview to date with the venerable guitarist/composer. The excerpt in this post is from […]

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Johann Johannsson: Flight from the City for guitar + TAB

Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic composer. He leads the modern post-classical movement, which is identified with experimental, minimalist, drone, and electronic music. Jóhann is best known for his film music, primarily for his Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning score for James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything — […]

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Harry Potter

When Ginny Kissed Harry | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

I haven’t seen any of the Harry Potter movies (or read the books) but I intend to watch them one day. Probably when my 1-year-old son is older, and able to comprehend what’s going on. This song was recommended to me by one of my […]

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