Category: Modern Classics

A River Through It

A River Runs Through It: Theme for guitar + TAB

A River Runs Through It, is modern classic movie about the two sons of a stern minister, growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing. One son is reserved, while the other one (Brad Pitt) is rebellious.  The movie is directed by Robert Redford, […]

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inferno

Hans Zimmer: Life Must Have Its Mysteries (Inferno) for guitar + TAB

Chevaliers de Sangreal, from The Da Vinci Code, is one of Hans Zimmer’s most famous pieces of music. Life Must Have Its Mysteries is really just an updated variation of Chevaliers de Sangreal for Ron Howard’s Inferno — the third movie of the Robert Langdon trilogy. I […]

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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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