Category: Film Score

On The Road (2012): How to Play — Home (Will Hanson)

‘Home‘ is an emotive song from the trailer of Walter Salles’ (soon to be released) On The Road that sounds very much in the vain of post-rock songs like Your Hand in Mine.  I initially thought ‘Home’ was an interesting departure for Gustavo Santaolalla — that is […]

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The Dark Knight Rises: How to Play — On Thin Ice (for guitar) by Hans Zimmer

Living in Pittsburgh, we really did get a ‘behind the scenes’ look a The Dark Knight Rises. Nearly every night last summer, our local news coverage showed images of our downtown area transformed into winter, new “bat vehicles” crashing, and pictures of Anne Hathaway in […]

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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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Snow White and the Huntsman: How to Play — Snow White (for guitar)

The score for Snow White and the Huntsman was released on Tuesday the 29th and at the time of this posting, it’s Friday June 1st. That’s a very quick production time to go from transcribing and arranging James Newton Howard’s Snow White, to posting a […]

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The Vow: How to play — Wedding Vows (for guitar)

Wedding Vows by Rachel Portman and Michael Brook is a beautiful little song from The Vow original score. Wedding Vow’s step and rest feel almost perfectly matches the cadence of a bride walking down the aisle, and I have no doubt that it will become […]

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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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Gustavo Santaolalla: Things We Lost in the Fire (guitar theme) + TAB

[Updated for 2017] Things We Lost in the Fire, is a 2007 drama starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro: A recent widow (Berry) invites her husband’s troubled best friend (Del Toro) to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Epilogue (Biutiful) + TAB

[Updated: 2017] Welcome! Gustavo Santaolalla’s Epilogue was my very first blog post in 2011. Intellimusica was an idea, and I’ve winged it from this first post ever since. Santaolalla is where it all started with me. I became a huge fan of his film score […]

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