Category: Gustavo Santaolalla

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Biutiful: How to Play — But… Guai? by Gustavo Santaolalla

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” -Freidrich Nietzsche The attitude of gratitude The single most difficult thing for me to harness is: gratitude. As artists, musicians, and creators — we mourn the process of creating.  No matter what the result — […]

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The Last Of Us ‘Reprise’ — The (Complete) Theme For Guitar

I posted a version of Gustavo Santaolalla’s The Last Of Us theme in January of 2012. At that time, the only thing I had to go on, was an unmixed, un-mastered, and ultimately incomplete “leaked” version of what we now know as The Last Of […]

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The Last Of Us: How to Play ‘Home’ by Gustavo Santaolalla

I’ve been so busy with my blog in the past few months, that I haven’t had the desire to write new music at all.  However, as I post the final The Last Of Us transcriptions (there’s probably one more), I’ve been inspired to play my […]

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The Last Of Us: How to Play — All Gone (Aftermath)

I am not a great guitar player; I’m merely a good guitar player. I would only consider myself “great” at transcribing and arranging music for the guitar — but only within my capacity to do so. For the most part, I’m a musician who happens […]

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The Last Of Us (You and Me) For Guitar

From an recent interview with Access WOBI, in which Gustavo Santaolalla was asked what advice he would give to a young artist: “I would focus on three fundamental qualities. First of all, discipline. The famous “80% perspiration and 20% inspiration”. The second thing is to […]

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The Last Of Us: How to Play — The Path ‘A New Beginning’

I sort-of created my own style for nylon string guitar.  I don’t have long fingernails (creepy), and I’ve never really learned the different right hand techniques.  For that matter, I can play a little bit of Cannon In D, and Fur Elise — but that’s […]

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The Last Of Us: How to Play — The Quarantine Zone (20 Years Later) — Gustavo Santaolalla

I imagine that Gustavo Santaolalla charges a serious fee for his composition work. The Quarantine Zone illustrates precisely why that fee is worth it — for any production company. When it comes to music, I value genius over prowess.  Guitar chops and fast licks really don’t […]

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Bajofondo: How to Play — Caminante for guitar (Gustavo Santaolalla)

I’m still pumped about Bajofondo’s excellent performance in Pittsburgh last week. I find myself listening to their new album, Presente with an even greater depth of understanding –– having now seen Bajofondo live and watched Gustavo Santaolalla’s unique guitar wizardry from about two feet away. (Note: I […]

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Bajofondo: How to Play — ‘Intro’ for guitar (Gustavo Santaolalla)

Intro, from Bajofondo’s newest release Presente, is originally from the film Les Yeux De Sa Mere (His Mother’s Eyes). Although Les Yeux De Sa Mere is little known in the states, I find it to be one of Gustavo Santaolalla’s best scores — if you’re into […]

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The Motorcycle Diaries: How to Play — Apertura (Gustavo Santaolalla)

Comprised from a collection of  instruments and guitars, Apertura serves as a powerful opening to The Motorcycle Diaries. This post is an all-in-one arrangement for solo guitar of Gustavo Santaolalla’s classic song. I use my middle finger to “swipe” the high notes in the beginning (and […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Riding Horses (Brokeback Mountain) + TAB

Riding Horses (This post and tab have been updated as of 8/31/20) Riding Horses is one of my favorite selections from Gustavo Santaolalla’s iconic, Academy Award winning score for Brokeback Mountain. It’s truly one Gustavo Santaolalla’s most beautiful melodies. The actual piece is two separate […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Lima (The Motorcycle Diaries) + TAB

[Updated: August 2017] Lima Lima is one of my favorite tracks from Gustavo Santaolalla’s The Motorcycle Diaries soundtrack. Rather than (his usual) simple playing approach, Lima really displays Santaolalla’s guitar prowess. I had an opportunity to see Gustavo Santaolalla play live in Pittsburgh with his band Bajofondo. […]

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