Category: Film Score

August: Osage County

August: Osage County — How to Play Family Visits by Gustavo Santaolalla

This has been a busy few weeks for me, so I apologize for not having more substantive posts –other than the August: Osage County score. Even still, Gustavo Santaolalla offers a few short and nifty riffs that are perfect for beginner and intermediate guitarists. Also, […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

August: Osage County — How to Play Riding by Gustavo Santaolalla

(Note: Riding is my premium material. Please comment to let me know what you think, or if you have any questions.) How to Play Riding by Gustavo Santaolalla from the August: Osage County original score. Riding is an excellent song to practice your (finger picking) […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

August: Osage County — How to Play Arrival by Gustavo Santaolalla

At the exact same time that my teaching career and website are doing great, a loved one’s career is in doubt. Their company unexpectedly let go of dozens of employees, and they’re transferring this person to another office farther away from home.  A situation that […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

August: Osage County — How to Play Morning (Barb Balcony) by Gustavo Santaolalla

I have to be up front about this. If you’re new to this blog, whenever a Santaolalla score is released, I dissect and transcribe the entire thing. I’m that big of a fan. So, if for some strange reason Gustavo Santaolalla guitar songs don’t interest […]

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Nebraska

Nebraska: How to Play — Their Pie by Mark Orton

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up, sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains — if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” – Richard M. Nixon I am fascinated with people who find their ultimate success […]

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The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: How to Play — Kingsfoil for guitar (The Desolation of Smaug)

I hope you’re enjoying your holiday. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to be with your family, catch a few movies, and play some guitar. Rather than a substantive post this week, we’ll get right to it. How to Play Kingsfoil for guitar, by Howard Shore, […]

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Body Electric

Lana Del Rey: Body Electric | fingerstyle guitar

“By lying, we deny others a view of the world as it is. Our dishonesty not only influences the choices they make, it often determines the choices they can make—and in ways we cannot always predict. Every lie is a direct assault upon the autonomy […]

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The Tour

Catching Fire: How to Play — The Tour (for guitar) by James Newton Howard

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstien I’m thankful for quite a few things this holiday season. Most of all, my freedom from the standard workplace. I’ve taught guitar for 20 years (since I was […]

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The Tour

Catching Fire: How to Play — I Need You (James Newton Howard)

The art of minimalist practicing The scope of this blog is pretty narrow, so my guitar playing can easily become one dimensional. From time to time, I’ll get out of my comfort zone and practice difficult things to reset my progress. Usually, the arrangements I […]

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Solomon by Hans Zimmer

12 Years A Slave: How to Play Hans Zimmer’s Solomon for Guitar

Rather then a method post, I’d like to share a couple of cool things that peaked my interest in the last few weeks. For the neurotic, manic-depressive, and crazy… Not that I want to immediately direct you away from my site, but if you’re an […]

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Daniel Pemberton

The Counselor Guitar Theme: How to Play — The Hunted (by Daniel Pemberton)

Artistic Abundance If you’re an artist or creator, you can enter into an economy of abundance — where you’re not really competing for resources, but simply diverting them to yourself. So long as you possess the requisite skill and self-assurance, you can go back to the […]

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Safe Now

Captain Phillips: How to Play – Safe Now for guitar

A homage, not a rip-off If Safe Now, the main theme from Captain Phillips, sounds familiar, it’s because it closely resembles Hans Zimmer’s Time from the movie Inception. As somebody who impersonates other people’s music, I’m not suggesting this is a rip-off at all. I do […]

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