Civil Twilight: How to play Letters from the Sky | fingerstyle guitar

Posted on 22. Sep, 2014 by in Best of Intellimusica, Film Score, Method, Pop Music, Premium Tabs

Civil Twilight

“Coincidence is the word we use when we can’t see the levers and pulleys.”
Emma Bull, Author

Playing Letters from the Sky for this blog was a strange occurrence. I had been doing some content research, adding to my never ending list of material when I thought of this exact song.

I couldn’t remember the band’s name, the song title, or even how the song goes. I just had this abstract thing in my mind about a certain song that I absolutely loved, but always seemed to hear in passing on the radio.

Nothing was coming to mind and I decided to try to somehow explain it to my wife — you know that song I like, we always hear on the radio. It’s like 4 or 5 years old?

At the exact same I left my office for the kitchen, the trailer for the new Left Behind movie happens to be on TV, and there it was: Letters from the Sky by Civil Twilight.

This is a seemingly insignificant coincidence, but I’m on the lookout for these moments, and I use them as guidance. Will this post be huge and take my blog popularity to knew levels? Probably not, but it’s a nice addition to my catalog, and I never underestimate how figuring out one song – can help me with another in the future. I see this with my students all the time.

How to Play Civil Twilight’s Letters from the Sky for classical guitar 

This song is epic. I love the production of it. Letters from the Sky has the same qualities as songs like: With or Without You, Hurt, Clocks, etc. The entire piece swells and flows like a wave.

The guitar tab for Letters from the Sky is very straightforward and spread across two pages. I wouldn’t characterize this song for beginners, but intermediate guitar players should be fine. The problem for most people is really the stretch from the 2nd to 5th fret.

Oddly enough, a great way to practice Letters from the Sky would be to practice the chorus first (at the top of page two). It’s a simplified version of the main chord progression, and I strum each chord with my thumb. You can watch the chorus at 1:01 of the video.

I happen to be using my 7/8 Cordoba Dolce guitar which is slightly smaller in body size and length. It plays and sounds like a normal guitar but you’ll have a much easier time accessing stretched out positions. You can find the rest of my gear here.

My order of play is: Intro, Verse, Pre Chorus, Chorus 2x — Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus 4x, End.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Letters from the Sky is tuned a 1/2 step down. You tuning, from low to high, will look like this: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb. Depending on your tuner, it might look like this: D# G# C# F# A# D#.

Letters from the Sky for classical guitar

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