Category: Gustavo Santaolalla

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Gustavo Santaolalla: How to play Manolo is Alive from The Book of Life

Unconflicted “I think the person who takes a job in order to live – that is to say, for the money [not for purpose or passion]- has turned himself into a slave.” ― Joseph Campbell I don’t have a specific New Year’s resolution, other than […]

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The Book of Life: How to play Lullaby Theme by Gustavo Santaolalla

Just a short post this time. I’ve thankfully found some rare and unusual free time this holiday. However, rather than relax (which I’m not sure I know how to do) I decided to transcribe and post a quick little tune. As Paul McCartney says, “You play music, […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: How to play The Book of Life Theme

I think this will be my last transcription from Gustavo Santaolalla’s music from The Book of Life. For those who don’t know, there was a secondary score released with a lot of instrumental music and guitar work — which is kinda more my thing. The […]

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The Book of Life: Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (for guitar)

Calling all beginner and intermediate guitar players: you want to play this. Often times, there’s a single piece of music that can pay huge dividends across the rest of your guitar playing. Everything you learn is a stepping stone to the next. However, some songs […]

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The Book of Life: I Love You Too Much for guitar

As a Gustavo Santaolalla super fan, I’m amazed that the same guy who composed the brooding score for Babel, can also be perfectly at home writing material for The Book of Life. You don’t see this type of seamless versatility very often. Especially from those […]

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The Book of Life: The Apology Song by Gustavo Santaolalla

First and foremost, Gustavo Santaolalla is a craftsman of music. Whether it’s Brokeback Mountain, The Last of Us, or The Book of Life — he perfectly adapts his music to every circumstance. I’ve been a fan for a long time. After his score for Babel, […]

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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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Gustavo Santaolalla: How to play Alma for guitar

“I love playing instruments that I don’t know how to play – or that I’m not familiar with. I like the idea of danger and innocence that comes from it. As an artist, I feel I should be able to do something with anything I […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: How to play The Journey (El viaje) for guitar

[Big news if you’re a Santaolalla fan. He has a follow up to Ronroco scheduled for release in July. I discovered this while searching for an MP3 of The Journey which will now be available on Santaolalla’s new album, Camino.] El viaje El viaje or […]

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August: Osage County — How to play Back at the House by Gustavo Santaolalla

“We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.” ― Jerry Garcia With the release of The Last of Us last year, I finally feel as though the rest of the world has caught up to my Gustavo Santaolalla […]

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The Last Of Us Volume 2: How to Play — Fleeting by Gustavo Santaolalla

“How did it get so late so soon?” ― Dr. Seuss So, what are you doing 3 years from now? Compared to others, I have only a tiny smigin of internet success. But at 1,400,000 views on YouTube, and roughly 15,000 people on the blog […]

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The Last Of Us Volume 2: How to Play — Left Behind (Together) by Gustavo Santaolalla

“Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself- and thus make yourself indispensable.” ― André Gide Your specialty is the first ingredient Far be it from me to discourage you from living your desired purpose, but perhaps “your purpose” is that thing you’re […]

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