Category: Film Score

Coldplay, Altas for Classical Guitar

Coldplay: Atlas | fingerstyle guitar

I just returned home from a short vacation — where I intentionally didn’t bring a guitar or a computer. In the 48 hours since returning, I raced to get Coldplay’s new single, Atlas (for the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack) arranged for classical guitar […]

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M83: Outro | fingerstyle guitar

How to Play Outro (M83) for Classical Guitar As soon as I posted M83’s Midnight City for classical guitar, a few people recommended Outro to me a possibility for this blog — specifically the piano bit at the end, which was used in the Cloud […]

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The Last Of Us ‘Reprise’ — The (Complete) Theme For Guitar

I posted a version of Gustavo Santaolalla’s The Last Of Us theme in January of 2012. At that time, the only thing I had to go on, was an unmixed, un-mastered, and ultimately incomplete “leaked” version of what we now know as The Last Of […]

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The Spectacular Now: Walk in the Trees | fingerstyle guitar

Both of my grandfathers passed away when I was very young. In my adult life, my de facto grandfather was actually (my wife’s) grandfather, David Mills. “Pap”, as we called him, passed away last week at the age of 91. Thankfully, his mind, body, and […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: How to Play — The Last Of Us Menu Theme

This will be my final The Last Of Us post. I didn’t mean to spend half the summer transcribing one score, but (the game and soundtrack) were so popular, and I knew I could expedite the entire thing to this blog fairly quickly. If you’re […]

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The Last Of Us: How to Play ‘Home’ by Gustavo Santaolalla

I’ve been so busy with my blog in the past few months, that I haven’t had the desire to write new music at all.  However, as I post the final The Last Of Us transcriptions (there’s probably one more), I’ve been inspired to play my […]

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The Last Of Us: How to Play — All Gone (Aftermath)

I am not a great guitar player; I’m merely a good guitar player. I would only consider myself “great” at transcribing and arranging music for the guitar — but only within my capacity to do so. For the most part, I’m a musician who happens […]

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The Last Of Us (You and Me) For Guitar

From an recent interview with Access WOBI, in which Gustavo Santaolalla was asked what advice he would give to a young artist: “I would focus on three fundamental qualities. First of all, discipline. The famous “80% perspiration and 20% inspiration”. The second thing is to […]

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The Last Of Us: How to Play — The Path ‘A New Beginning’

I sort-of created my own style for nylon string guitar.  I don’t have long fingernails (creepy), and I’ve never really learned the different right hand techniques.  For that matter, I can play a little bit of Cannon In D, and Fur Elise — but that’s […]

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The Last Of Us: How to Play — The Quarantine Zone (20 Years Later) — Gustavo Santaolalla

I imagine that Gustavo Santaolalla charges a serious fee for his composition work. The Quarantine Zone illustrates precisely why that fee is worth it — for any production company. When it comes to music, I value genius over prowess.  Guitar chops and fast licks really don’t […]

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Game of Thrones Season 4

Game of Thrones: How to play For the Realm (official guitar theme by Ramin Djawadi)

The soundtrack/score for Game of Thrones: Season 3 was released with a guitar version of the main theme called, For the Realm. I decided against doing my own arrangement of the Game of Thrones theme because the internet is saturated with them (and really good […]

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Archive: You Make Me Feel | fingerstyle guitar

“If you’re remarkable, then it’s likely that some people won’t like you. That’s part of the definition of remarkable. Nobody gets unanimous praise — ever.”  -Seth Godin This post will only appeal a very small minority of people — and that’s probably a good thing.  […]

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