Category: Film Score

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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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 — 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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Gravity for guitar

Gravity: Theme for Guitar

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” ― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics Gravity is typical fare for Intellimusica: an ambient movie theme that would be difficult to imagine as a solo guitar piece — yet […]

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Biutiful: How to Play — But… Guai? by Gustavo Santaolalla

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” -Freidrich Nietzsche The attitude of gratitude The single most difficult thing for me to harness is: gratitude. As artists, musicians, and creators — we mourn the process of creating.  No matter what the result — […]

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Johann Johannsson: Through Falling Snow (Prisoners) fingerstyle guitar

“To me, it’s all about my filmography, and I want to go out with a terrific filmography.” -Quentin Tarantino, during a recent interview where he admitted that Death Proof wasn’t worthy of his filmography. As I put together Johann Johannsson’s Through Falling Snow (Prisoners) for classical […]

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Ron Howard's Rush

Rush (2013): theme (Hans Zimmer) fingerstyle guitar

The Hard Way The previous secondary title of this post was (and How To Get 1000 Views On YouTube In 72 Hours). Not only was this a dumb post, but almost as soon as I wrote it, every scheme I had used to rank one […]

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