Category: Modern Classics

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Braveheart: A Gift of Thistle | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

A Gift of Thistle James Horner’s music for the film Braveheart is one of the most iconic and beloved scores in cinematic history. Most consider ‘A Gift of Thistle’ to be the central theme of the film. This track is played during the scene where […]

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Kate Bush: Running Up That Hill (Stranger Things) fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Running Up That Hill If you’re right around my age (or older) you might fondly remember Kate Bush’s 1985 hit, Running Up That Hill. I was in second grade when that came out. Like everything from the 80’s — it’s a reminder of a far […]

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TOP GUN Anthem | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

TOP GUN Anthem | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Top Gun Top Gun: Maverick has me totally pumped up. I’m 45 and remember the VCR revolution in the mid 80’s. Prior to VCRs and home video rental shops, we relied on HBO or encore showings at smaller theaters to see movies like Return of […]

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The Passion of the Christ: Mary Goes to Jesus | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Mary Goes to Jesus Mary Goes to Jesus is the most solemn and exquisite piece of music from The Passion of the Christ. It is also from the most poignant scene: The Apostle John, takes Mary to a better vantage point to possibly see, touch, […]

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1917: Wayfaring Stranger | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Wayfaring Stranger The Wayfaring Stranger is a well-known American folk and gospel song that originating in the early 19th century. The song is about a plaintive soul on the journey of life. The most popular variation is from Johnny Cash. In my humble opinion, Jos […]

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The Imitation Game | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Imitation Game The Imitation Game is a 2014 British historical drama based on the 1983 biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, who decrypted Nazi intelligence messages for the British government during World War II. This […]

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The Godfather (Love Theme) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Godfather I finally watched The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. If you’re a young person and haven’t seen these films, you must prioritize them straight away. They’re total perfection in script, cinematography, and acting. You’ll be glued to the screen — only occasionally […]

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The Phantom of the Opera: The Music of the Night | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Music of the Night My Dad was a massive fan of the arts — specifically music and poetry. As an early adolescent (in the late 80’s) my family belonged to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. I was fortunate to see every Broadway show you can […]

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Comptine d’un autre été, l’après midi | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Comptine d’un autre été, l’après midi Comptine d’un autre été, l’après midi (Nursery rhyme from another summer, the afternoon) is a piece of music by composer, Yann Tiersen. As the principle song from Amelie, it’s by far his most popular song at 326 million plays […]

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry in Winter | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Harry in Winter Harry in Winter is a glorious melody that (I’m convinced) will be recognized as a modern classic at some point. While I haven’t seen many of the Harry Potter films — the music is fantastic, deeply thematic, and it resonates with me. […]

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The Last of the Mohicans: The Kiss | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Kiss The Kiss is the up-tempo, and secondary cue from The Last of the Mohicans. Another (nearly identical) version of this cue is entitled Promentory. Both songs are actually a Celtic violin motif entitled “The Gael” by Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean. The Kiss can […]

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Hans Zimmer: The Dark Knight Rises | fingerstyle guitar

Hans Zimmer: The Dark Knight Rises | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Dark Knight Rises My hometown of Pittsburgh was the shooting location for The Dark Knight Rises. Many movies, TV, and Netflix shows are shot in Pittsburgh — but the 2011 Dark Knight Rises production was BY FAR the coolest one. Our downtown area is mostly […]

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