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Dona Nobis Pacem

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Dona Nobis Pacem (grant us peace, latin) is a gorgeous piece of music by composer, Max Richter. This piece is from the hit HBO series, The Leftovers. That series would also work as a perfect allegory for the pandemic:

There’s a global cataclysm where 140 million people suddenly disappear without a trace. Three years later, the residents of a small town in upstate NY are trying to maintain a sense of normalcy when “normal” no longer exists.

I think that we are fortunate to be guitar players. Even if you’re a beginner or just tinkering around. Being able to withdrawal into an instrument was a definite advantage during the last two years. We grant ourselves peace.

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Gear used

For this piece I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. I’m also using a new Zoom X/Y stereo large diaphragm microphone.  It’s actually two mics configured in an X/Y pattern. You can see it in the video. I’m sold. I think the tone is brilliant. You can find current list of my gear here.

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How to play Dona Nobis Pacem | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across 2 pages. This arrangement is relatively easy to play. The fingerstyle is kind of relentless — so I can’t imagine it for total beginners — but the chord shapes are very basic. Happy playing! The guitar tab is available below:

My order of play, in accordance with the guitar tab is:

Intro 2x

Verse 2x, Verse End

Verse 2x, Verse End, End

The Leftovers: Dona Nobis Pacem (Max Richter) | fingerstyle guitar

This piece is played in standard tuning. I use a capo on the 1st fret. You can play it in any capo position you wish.

I sometimes use a capo for the “hand feel” of the song. It usually takes me 10-12 takes to get a good performance for posting. For my bio-mechanics, a capo on the 1st fret gave me the best cost/benefit of performance and tone.

Written by:

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