Category: Film Music

Hans Zimmer

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: I’m Spider-Man (Hans Zimmer) fingerstyle guitar

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” ― Albert Einstein No coincidences, just a road map I’ve written, ad nauseam, that the natural state of human beings (in my opinion) is creation: We build things. We create businesses that must be tended like gardens. We […]

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Breathe In

Breathe In: Coda (Dustin O’Halloran) fingerstyle guitar

How to Play Coda for classical guitar, by Dustin O’Halloran, from the Breath In original score I love this one. In many cases the post-classical genre follows the simple formula of: a single compelling chord progression with evolving layers of melodies.  In this regard — Max Richter, Dustin […]

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Theme for guitar

The Winter Soldier: Captain America theme | fingerstyle guitar

After transcribing Henry Jackman’s Captain America theme, I took a look at a few of my older superhero themes that might be of some interest to you: The Avengers Like any artist, I usually look back at my old material and cringe. Not so with […]

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Divergent: Choosing Dauntless | fingerstyle guitar

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin I have not seen the movie, but my Divergent obsessed guitar students have filled me in on the details. Actually, very few of my students are interested […]

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The Last of Us

The Last Of Us Volume 2: How to Play — Fleeting by Gustavo Santaolalla

“How did it get so late so soon?” ― Dr. Seuss So, what are you doing 3 years from now? Compared to others, I have only a tiny smigin of internet success. But at 1,400,000 views on YouTube, and roughly 15,000 people on the blog […]

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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 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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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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DJANGO UNCHAINED: Django Theme (instrumental for Spanish Guitar)

Many props to Quentin Tarantino for still putting so much emphasis on soundtracks. This time around his Django Unchained soundtrack/score is a highly stylized mix of old-school spaghetti western, retro R&B, and hip-hop. Rather than the all encompassing interpretations I normally do — this can be considered an instrumental version of […]

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The Bourne Identity: Extreme Ways (Moby) fingerstyle guitar

Extreme Ways is the default theme song for the Bourne franchise — specifically the conclusion of each movie. Just when you think Jason Bourne or (in Legacy’s case) Arron Cross has disappeared — the sampled violins strike and Bourne is on the move. To memorize […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man: How to play — Rooftop Kiss (for guitar)

Rooftop Kiss materialized into beautiful guitar piece. Looking through the score for The Amazing Spider-Man, I immediately gravitated to Rooftop Kiss on it’s name alone — recalling the rooftop scene from Superman (1978) and it’s iconic music. The second page of the transcription contains a couple difficult […]

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Drive (2011): Nightcall | fingerstyle guitar

Like many of you, I find myself still listening to the big three from the movie Drive. I particularly enjoy listening to Nightcall — oddly enough, while I’m driving — at night. Having listened to Nightcall dozens of times, I couldn’t help but wonder what it […]

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