Category: Modern Classics

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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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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time

Hans Zimmer: Time | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

[Update: March 25th 2017] Inception Inception is a 2010 science fiction film written, and directed by Christopher Nolan. Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious. He is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased in […]

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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

Gustavo Santaolalla: Leyendo en el Hospital (The Motorcycle Diaries) + TAB

[Updated post and tab: May 2017] The Motorcycle Diaries The Motorcycle Diaries is considered to be one of Gustavo Santaolalla’s greatest film scores. Film synopsis (edited from the official Focus Features site): The Motorcycle Diaries, depicts the rich, complex human and social landscape of early […]

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