“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin

I have not seen the movie, but my Divergent obsessed guitar students have filled me in on the details.

Actually, very few of my students are interested in what I do on Intellimusica. They basically know that — I kinda have a website, or that I’m on YouTube or something.

However, now I’m getting requests like: Can we do the (Divergent) theme song on guitar — you do that type of thing right?

The reason for the Intellimusica apathy among my physical students is very simple: I make their guitar lessons all about them, and not about me. If you’re ever in the fortunate position to teach another person art — you must inhabit your student’s desires — to ultimately make them successful.

From my student’s vantage point, a typical lesson looks like this video from Instragram. This is also exactly why I purposefully don’t own an electric guitar. This blog would never happen. All my days would be lost playing blues solos. 

(Note: Choosing Dauntless is me premium material. Please comment to let me know what you think, or of you have any questions. Also, check out my version of M83’s I Need You from the Divergent soundtrack. Great song, and a free tab.

How to play Choosing Dauntless, the theme from Divergent, for classical guitar

I like this arrangement of Choosing Dauntless. I was able to use quick trills to capture Ellie Goulding’s vocal melody within the body of the chord progression.

The guitar tab for Choosing Dauntless is two pages long and very easy to read. There are no repeats and the tab is literally played straight through. 

This arrangement is very easy to play as well. The overall chord progression is pretty simple. If you’re playing a steel-string guitar, you might have problems with the chords at 0:18 of the video. If your having problems, pause the video at 0:18 and look at how far underneath the neck my hand position truly is. If you try to emulate that positioning, and you should be fine.

Have fun, the tab is available below:

Choosing Dauntless is tuned one whole step down.  The tuning is as follows from low to high: D G C F A D. 

Choosing Dauntless for Classical Guitar



Written by:

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