Category: Very Easy to Play

American Sniper

American Sniper: The Funeral for guitar (Ennio Morricone)

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” ― Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night At the age of 84, and still producing […]

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Layer Cake: Hayling (FC Kahuna) fingerstyle guitar

“The business is on the up and up. But I’ve always said, have a plan and stick to it. Quit while you’re ahead. So, barring any screw-ups, I’m leaving it all behind.” – XXXX (Daniel Craig) Layer Cake One of my favorite movies is the super cool (and surprisingly entrepreneurial) Layer Cake. […]

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James newton Howard

Nightcrawler: theme (James Newton Howard) fingerstyle guitar

How to play Nightcrawler for classical guitar James Newton Howard’s Nightcrawler score has a bit of everything: gritty, synthesized, edgy, traditional, etc. Above all, the soundtrack sets a tone of unease. The main title track, Nightcrawler, is oddly melodic and tender, given the film’s subject […]

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything: Theme for guitar

Post Classical Music The post classical music genre is comprised of modern day composers who write music for solo projects and film. Even still, there is definitely a post-classical sound. The sound, while far from actual classical music, is usually a simple, emotive chord progression […]

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Gone Girl

Trent Reznor’s Technically, Missing | fingerstyle guitar

I look forward to the scores by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross — as much as I look forward to David Fincher’s movies. At this point: The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl are inextricably linked with their gritty soundtracks. […]

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The Twins (Prague) for classical guitar

Max Richter: Departure (The Leftovers) fingerstyle guitar

While technology in film is often times bedazzling to look at — nothing beats authentic characters. A friend of mine made the observation that even a good plot can’t beat plain old great actors and well developed characters. When I think about it, some of my favorite […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: How to play Wait and Then for guitar (Camino)

Upon meeting a publishing agent when he first moved to Los Angeles: “He said my music and songs were very good, but at a certain point, I will hit the ‘wrong chord or note.’ I took it as a compliment. I always try to look […]

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: How to play Level Plaguing Field for guitar

“I do pick projects because I love them. If I get into a project — where I feel like either the people are there just because it’s a job for them — and it’s not going to be an enjoyable process — and it’s going […]

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August: Osage County

August: Osage County — How to Play Family Visits by Gustavo Santaolalla

This has been a busy few weeks for me, so I apologize for not having more substantive posts –other than the August: Osage County score. Even still, Gustavo Santaolalla offers a few short and nifty riffs that are perfect for beginner and intermediate guitarists. Also, […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

August: Osage County — How to Play Arrival by Gustavo Santaolalla

At the exact same time that my teaching career and website are doing great, a loved one’s career is in doubt. Their company unexpectedly let go of dozens of employees, and they’re transferring this person to another office farther away from home.  A situation that […]

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Daniel Pemberton

The Counselor Guitar Theme: How to Play — The Hunted (by Daniel Pemberton)

Artistic Abundance If you’re an artist or creator, you can enter into an economy of abundance — where you’re not really competing for resources, but simply diverting them to yourself. So long as you possess the requisite skill and self-assurance, you can go back to the […]

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Johann Johannsson: Through Falling Snow (Prisoners) fingerstyle guitar

“To me, it’s all about my filmography, and I want to go out with a terrific filmography.” -Quentin Tarantino, during a recent interview where he admitted that Death Proof wasn’t worthy of his filmography. As I put together Johann Johannsson’s Through Falling Snow (Prisoners) for classical […]

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