Category: Film Music

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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Iron Man 3: theme | fingerstyle guitar

“Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.” – Robert Collier My arrangement of Brian […]

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Bajofondo: How to Play — Caminante for guitar (Gustavo Santaolalla)

I’m still pumped about Bajofondo’s excellent performance in Pittsburgh last week. I find myself listening to their new album, Presente with an even greater depth of understanding –– having now seen Bajofondo live and watched Gustavo Santaolalla’s unique guitar wizardry from about two feet away. (Note: I […]

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Bajofondo: How to Play — ‘Intro’ for guitar (Gustavo Santaolalla)

Intro, from Bajofondo’s newest release Presente, is originally from the film Les Yeux De Sa Mere (His Mother’s Eyes). Although Les Yeux De Sa Mere is little known in the states, I find it to be one of Gustavo Santaolalla’s best scores — if you’re into […]

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DJANGO UNCHAINED: How to Play — La Corsa (2nd Version) for guitar

I was really hoping to do something along the lines of Tom Farrell’s Hermano, from the Casa de me Padre soundtrack. That is STILL one of my favorite finger-picked songs to play. But alas, I’ve gotta go where the music takes me, and Luis Bacalov’s La […]

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DJANGO UNCHAINED: How to Play Sister Sara’s Theme (Ennio Morricone)

I can’t seem to figure out if Ennio Morricone composed new songs for Django Unchained, or if Quentin Tarantino is borrowing them from Morricone’s previous work, Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970). Be as it may, Django Unchained’s Sister Sara is a nifty, spaghetti-western guitar riff that should […]

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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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