Category: Film Music

Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful: Demimonde | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Penny Dreadful Penny Dreadful, was a supernatural horror/drama series that aired from 2014 to 2016. The series is set in Victorian London and features a number of well-known horror characters, including Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and the vampire Count Dracula. The series’ musical theme, “Demimonde”, […]

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Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn: Sister Rust | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Sister Rust Lucy is a 2014 science fiction action thriller film directed by Luc Besson and starring Scarlett Johansson. The film follows the story of Lucy, a woman who is forced to become a drug mule for a group of gangsters. When she is accidentally […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla: Alma | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Alma Alma is a hauntingly beautiful instrumental piece composed by Gustavo Santaolalla from his 2014 album Camino. The song is performed on the ronroco, a traditional South American string instrument, and it features a simple but mesmerizing melody that evokes a sense of longing and […]

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Vladimir's Blues by Max Richter

Max Richter: Vladimir’s Blues | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Vladimir’s Blues Vladimir’s Blues is a short, but haunting piece of music by Max Richter. It was first released in 2004 on his album The Blue Notebooks, and has since become one of his most popular and enduring works. The piece is named after Vladimir […]

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey: Once Upon a Dream | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Once Upon a Dream The 2014 film Maleficent is a dark retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, the evil fairy who curses Princess Aurora to fall into a deep sleep on her sixteenth birthday. The film’s […]

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Nebraska

Nebraska: Their Pie (Mark Orton) + TAB

Their Pie Alexander Payne’s 2013 film Nebraska is a bittersweet road movie about an aging man, Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), who believes he has won a million dollars in a sweepstakes. His estranged son, David (Will Forte), reluctantly agrees to drive him to Lincoln, Nebraska […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Home (The Last of Us) fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Home Gustavo Santaolalla is an Argentine composer and musician who is known for his innovative and atmospheric soundtracks. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score for his work on Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Babel (2006). Santaolalla’s soundtrack for the video game The […]

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Django Unchained (guitar instrumental) + TAB

Django Unchained Django Unchained is a 2012 American Spaghetti Western neo-noir film directed, written, and co-produced by Quentin Tarantino. The film’s theme song is a re-recording of “Django” by Luis Bacalov, from the 1966 film Django. How to play the Django Unchained Theme (Resources: learn […]

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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: Lima (The Motorcycle Diaries) + TAB

[Updated: August 2017] Lima Lima is one of my favorite tracks from Gustavo Santaolalla’s The Motorcycle Diaries soundtrack. Rather than (his usual) simple playing approach, Lima really displays Santaolalla’s guitar prowess. I had an opportunity to see Gustavo Santaolalla play live in Pittsburgh with his band Bajofondo. […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Lait (Biutiful) for guitar + TAB

[Updated September 2017] Biutiful Biutiful stars Javier Bardem and is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman). Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. Uxbal (Bardem) is a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, guilt, and mortality amidst the […]

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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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