Gustavo Santaolalla: Cordon de Plata | fingerstyle guitar
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Cordon de Plata

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Cordon de Plata is a beautiful piece of music from Gustavo Santaolalla’s album, Camino. I believe that record is a collection of instrumentals that didn’t find a home in Santaolalla’s various film projects over the years.

Almost certainly this piece was intended for The Last of Us. The chorus section is the exact same structure and tonality. The verse is too upbeat which probably led to Cordon de Plata (not) making the cut. This is just my personal theory of course.

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Gear Used

For this piece I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. To record I use a Zoom Q8 camera, with a Zoom SSH-6 mic. My mixing and mastering is done with Acoustica 7 Standard addition. Additionally I use Auphonic for final mastering. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play Cordon de Plata | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for Cordon de Plata is beautifully written across two pages. I would characterize this piece as easy to play — as there are no difficult chord shapes. Additionally, due to it’s short duration, I’ve archived this arrangement in my 2 Minute Classical Guitar archive.

My order of play, looks like this in accordance with the guitar tab: Intro, Verse, Chorus — Verse, Chorus, End. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

[Tip: Rather than use two fingers to pluck the intervals on the 1st and 2nd string, I’m using my middle finger to “swipe” the strings in an upward motion.]

Cordon de Plata is played in standard tuning:

Gustavo Santaolalla: Cordon de Plata | fingerstyle guitar

I use a capo on the 7th fret, however this piece sounds good in any capo position. Just move it back to the 5th fret if you’re cramped for space.

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