Category: Modern Classics

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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james horner

Legends of the Fall: James Horner’s The Ludlows | fingerstyle guitar

I want this blog to be able to scale, and be as fast as possible for you. Therefore, I’ve decided to go with premium, managed hosting. Since 2011, I’ve had to be equal parts guitar player, blogger, and website technician. While I’ve learned a lot, […]

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American Sniper

American Sniper: The Funeral for guitar (Ennio Morricone)

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” ― Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night At the age of 84, and still producing […]

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything: Theme for guitar

Post Classical Music The post classical music genre is comprised of modern day composers who write music for solo projects and film. Even still, there is definitely a post-classical sound. The sound, while far from actual classical music, is usually a simple, emotive chord progression […]

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer: Interstellar | fingerstyle guitar

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ― Winston Churchill Success is a long, protracted curve As a creator, you can become so focused on where you’re going — that you never take stock of where you’ve been. This is […]

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