Category: Film Music

Gustavo Santaolalla: Her Life Was Over | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Her Life Was Over, by Gustavo Santaolalla, is a short fingerstyle motif from the soundtrack of Wild Life. This film is a documentary about life of Doug Tompkins (founder of North Face) and his wife, Kris. Although the documentary is not widely known, the guitar […]

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Ennio Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe (The Mission) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

“Gabriel’s Oboe” is the title theme for the 1986 film The Mission. The piece was written by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, and is widely considered to be one of his greatest musical achievements. The Mission is a period drama about the experience of a Jesuit […]

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House of the Dragon: The Prince That Was Promised | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Prince That Was Promised House of the Dragon, begins nearly 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The show portrays the reign of House Targaryen, and their children battling for control of the Iron Throne. The glorious music is from Game of […]

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The Last of Us HBO: Invited (Gustavo Santaolalla) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Invited “Invited” is of course, by multi-instrumentalist composer, Gustavo Santaolalla. Having won 2 Academy Awards, he’s widely considered one of the greatest film-composers of all time. This piece is originally played on Santaolalla’s signature instrument, the Ronroco (a small Andean guitar). The Last of Us […]

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The Light of Hidden Flowers – Evan Handyside (ambient, World guitar) + TAB

The Light of Hidden Flowers My thematic inspiration for this piece was love sonnet XVII, by Pablo Neruda. Specifically this line: “I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. I love you […]

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Leaves From The Vine (Little Soldier Boy) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Leaves From The Vine Leaves From The Vine was recommended to me by one of my guitar students. This piece is from the original anime series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. I thought it was beautiful and poignant. There’s also a nice orchestrated version from the […]

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Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – Across the Stars | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Across the Stars This song is a beautiful motif by the greatest film composer of all time, John Williams. Across the Stars was recommended to me by one of my long time Intellimusica members, and it’s one of the all-time classic Star Wars themes. In […]

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Outer Banks Season 3: Theme for a Father Lost at Sea | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Theme for a Father Lost at Sea This piece is from Netflix’s Outer Banks, Season 3. The composer is Fil Eisler. It’s a beautiful, cinematic guitar piece that found it’s way onto my Spotify recommendation’s. While the beginning of the passage is relatively simple, and […]

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The Theory of Everything: A Model of the Universe | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

A Model of the Universe This has been one of my all time favorite pieces by the late composer, Johann Johannsson. While I love all of his music, The Theory of Everything, won the Golden Globe for ‘best score’ and is widely considered to be […]

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The Last of Us: Fleeting (Gustavo Santaolalla) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Fleeting One of the things that gives Gustavo Santaolalla his je ne sais quoi is the element of surprise within his music. Often times, he’ll have a verse section that is slightly minor keyed, and emotionally ambiguous (perfect for film). Santaolalla will then proceed with […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012): Rooftop Kiss | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Rooftop Kiss This a beautiful piece of music from The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). It’s by the late composer, James Horner, who also composed the music for modern classic film’s like Titanic, Braveheart, and Legends of the Fall. The song is from a romantic and well […]

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Billie Eilish: What Was I Made For? (Barbie) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

What Was I Made For? is the prototypical tune from Billie Eilish. However, the underpinnings show incredible musicality and restraint. Billie Eilish and her brother/writing partner FINNEAS created a very intimate song. I especially like Eilish’s choice of a delicate, breathy falsetto. She explains and demonstrates […]

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