E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) is a science fiction film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. E.T. tells the story of Elliott, a boy who befriends an extraterrestrial who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help E.T. return to his home planet, while attempting to keep him hidden from the government.

I was 5 when E.T. was released at theaters. It was a massive part of my childhood — and a movie that everyone universally (no pun intended) loved.

E.T. recently made a resurgence 37 years later with the heartwarming Thanksgiving Day Xfinity commercial. The classic ‘Flying Theme’ by John Williams is inextricable from the film – and a huge part of this commercial. The whole thing brought me to tears, and I just had to create an arrangement of this theme on my guitar.

Gear used

For the Flying Theme, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. It’s a beautiful sounding (and an easy playing) nylon string guitar with ultra low action. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: theme | fingerstyle guitar

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I’ve been refining this performance for two weeks. The guitar tab is beautifully written across 3 pages and played straight through without repeats. I took a ton of creative license with my key change and transitions — but I think it formulated into an exquisite guitar piece. 

I hope you enjoy playing this. Remember to phone home. I wish you peace and love this holiday season. The guitar tab is available below:

The E.T theme is played in standard tuning, with a capo on the 2nd fret. 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: theme | fingerstyle 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.