Category: Modern Classics

john dunbar

Dances with Wolves: The John Dunbar Theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The author of Dances with Wolves is man by the name of Michael Blake (1945-2015). As a 20 year-old in 1965, Blake was a product of the counterculture revolution of 1960’s America: against the establishment, and the Vietnam War. He was a “turn on, tune […]

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james horner

Glory (1989): Theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

My interest in film music predates even playing guitar. My Dad (who passed away when I was 14) was very interested in the arts for a businessman. He would often takes us to movies, no matter the age restriction, if he felt the concepts would […]

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The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans: Main Title theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

I was reading (author and podcaster) Tim Ferriss’ weekly newsletter called 5 Bullet Friday, where he mentioned that he’s been listening to The Last of the Mohicans score. I remembered that being an excellent movie, and there’s a few scenes where the music stood out […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

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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john debney

The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection | fingerstyle guitar

Mel Gibson is undeniably one of the greatest actors, directors, and creators on this earth. The Passion of the Christ is a beautifully shot, and moving movie, with an Academy Award nominated score by John Debney. All of this good has unfortunately been sullied by Mel Gibson’s […]

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howard shore

Spotlight: theme | fingerstyle guitar

Spotlight is an excellent and well acted movie — and very disturbing. I didn’t understand the magnitude of this story, and having just seen Spotlight, I formed a couple obvious opinions. It should be noted at the outset, I regard the Catholic church as a […]

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hans zimmer

Hans Zimmer: Now We Are Free (Gladiator) fingerstyle guitar

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations One of the many benefits of my son arriving into the world last year, is that I have very little time to dwell on anything else […]

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ryuichi sakamoto

The Revenant: theme for guitar (Ryuichi Sakamoto)

I love this. This music says a lot about world-class director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. He’s clearly a minimalist when it comes to the music in his films – valuing open space between notes. In addition, the music is just off the center axis. Whether it’s […]

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Star Wars

Star Wars – The Force Awakens: Han and Leia for guitar

Han and Leia is essentially the “love theme” between Han Solo and princess Leia. This melody punctuated their tension and attraction way back in the original Star Wars, and I’m glad it’s returned for The Force Awakens. My favorite use of this song is The […]

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the hateful eight

The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone’s L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock (for guitar)

I’ve been eagerly anticipating Ennio Morricone’s score for The Hateful Eight: the new film by Quentin Tarantino. The title theme, L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock was a chance to do something totally different from my normal guitar style on this blog.  L’Ultima Diligenza di Red […]

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The Good, the bad, and the Ugly

The Ecstasy of Gold for acoustic guitar

I’ve always wanted to transcribe The Ecstasy of Gold for this blog. I’ve actually been toying around with this song for years. I didn’t want to post my version unless I had something meaningful to add to the mix. The Good, the Bad, and the […]

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james newton howard

Signs (2002): theme (James Newton Howard) fingerstyle guitar

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” ― Mark Twain My wife and I are unapologetic M. Night Shyamalan fans. We recently saw The Visit on opening night, […]

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