Living in Pittsburgh, we really did get a ‘behind the scenes’ look a The Dark Knight Rises. Nearly every night last summer, our local news coverage showed images of our downtown area transformed into winter, new “bat vehicles” crashing, and pictures of Anne Hathaway in her Catwoman suit.

The entire Dark Knight production was as hospitable to Pittsburgh, as Pittsburgh was to it. They frequently invited folks down to watch the filming, and even a few of my students will be in the movie (cast as orphans).

I felt On Thin Ice, from Hans Zimmer’s score, would be the most applicable for a guitar interpretation. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it seems to act as a prelude, using several of the motifs from the rest of the score.

With it’s slow moving chord progressions, On Thin Ice provided a wide-open canvas upon which create a guitar piece.

While I’ve had some hits and misses on this blog, I believe this interpretation and performance of On Thin Ice is among my best work — breathing (at least a little) life into what will probably go as an unnoticed piece of music. And like all flashes of inspiration, it came together in about 10 minutes.

The tab is available below:

To get the depth, despair, and darkness, I’ve tuned the guitar down one whole step. The tuning is as follows from low to high: D G C F A D.

On Thin Ice (Tab)

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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.