Hans Zimmer: Chevaliers De Sangreal | fingerstyle guitar
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Chevaliers De Sangreal

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Chevaliers De Sangreal (The Da Vinci Code) is a glorious piece by Hans Zimmer. He has this knack for writing film music with a slight pop sensibility. If we think of Gladiator, Inception and Interstellar — the underpinning of the music is a modest melody with a relatively basic, but momentous chord progression. It’s the repetition of these dramatic chords that gives Zimmer’s best music its ethereal quality.

The other instrumentation seems to crescendo and decrescendo the progression. Even though were listening to the same riff over and over, it’s doesn’t feel repetitive, and our senses are awash in the music. Because of the underlying simplicity, we feel the pull of the crescendo.

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Gear used

For Chevalier De Sangreal, I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar. It’s warm sounding guitar that’s relatively inexpensive.

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How to play Chevaliers De Sangreal | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across two pages. I regard Chevalier as relatively easy to play. Maybe not for total beginners — but perfect for intermediate guitarists. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

This arragement is played straight through and you’ll take care to repeat the verse section 2x as indicated in the guitar tab. I’ve given you the chord shape names above the tab where applicable. The B minor shape is the only bar chord and might be difficult for some beginner players. Always refer back to the video for my finger placement if you’re unsure.

This piece is played in a whole step down tuning. From low to high: D G C F A D.

Hans Zimmer: Chevaliers De Sangreal | fingerstyle guitar

You could just as easily play this piece in standard tuning if you don’t feel like tuning down.


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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.