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Before the Flood: theme for guitar (Trent Reznor & Gustavo Santaolalla) + TAB

As a purely Santaolalla performance, I’m actually a bigger fan of Thin Ice — also from the Before the Flood soundtrack. The title theme of from Before the Flood is clearly a Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross inception. It has those chord progressions that can only be […]

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Before the Flood: Thin Ice (Gustavo Santaolalla) + TAB

Before the Flood is a documentary film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Fisher Stevens. The soundtrack is a collaboration between Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla, and Mogwai. As a huge fan of Gustavo Santaolalla’s avant-garde instrumentation, I’m in my glory with this week’s […]

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Borrowed Time (short): Gustavo Santaolalla guitar theme + TAB

There’s a reason why Gustavo Santaolalla is at the musical helm of the most compelling film scores of the past 16 years. He has remained very discerning about who he works with — and what he works on. I’ve read dozens of interviews with Gustavo Santaolalla […]

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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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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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Gustavo Santaolalla: Do We Lose 21 Grams? + Guitar TAB

21 Grams is a 2003 drama directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant).  This was the second collaboration between Santaolalla and Iñárritu. The first was Amores Perros, and the 3rd was Babel for which Gustavo Santaolalla won his second Academy award. This is the only movie […]

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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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Making a Murderer: end credits guitar theme (by Gustavo Santaolalla)

My gosh, if anything else, the Netflix series Making a Murderer highlights the unscientific (and uncertain) design of our American justice system. I’m not judging, as it might be the best we can do. Beyond a traffic ticket, most of us will never be caught up […]

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Making a Murderer: opening theme for guitar (Gustavo Santaolalla)

I’m usually mimicking the actual guitar, ronroco, or instrumentation of my favorite composer, Gustavo Santaolalla. For the Making a Murderer opening theme, I had the opportunity to use Santaolalla’s tragic music to create my own guitar arrangement. My wife and I are almost through with the […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Qhapaq Ñan theme for guitar

Qhapaq Nan, Retracing the Path with Gustavo Santaolalla, is a documentary series following the footsteps of the cultural heritage left by the Incas through a unique audiovisual experience. The road system — built by the Inca Empire — has been granted World Heritage status by […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: How to play Cabalgando (The Motorcycle Diaries)

A music mentor In the mid 2000’s I was playing bass in a rock band. Despite some regional success, this band wasn’t going make it. It wasn’t for a lack of trying. We were very good — but the blown up music industry hadn’t yet […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales) for guitar

“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.” – Lucille Ball I’m convinced that busy people are superior at 2 things: managing their time, and controlling their perfectionism. They create an […]

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