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 guitarĀ 

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