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Fifty Fifty

Free audio download of this performance on SoundCloud.

Although Gustavo Santaolalla is prolific, polymath musician and composer — I prefer his film music the most. Within his soundtracks, Santaolalla delivers really clever, minimal guitar pieces. Of those scores, I prefer the darker, brooding, and avant-garde soundtracks like: The Motorcycle Diaries, Babel, and The Last of Us.

In that respect, Narcos: Mexico is the soundtrack that I had been waiting for. It’s a glorious series and Gustavo Santaolalla adds a smooth, dark underpinning. Much like Amado Carrillo Fuentes character himself.

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Gear used

One of my friends (and guitar student of 23 years) is an avid collector of Custom Shop instruments. He has a hundred guitars (literally) and loans me whatever I want. For Fifty Fifty, I’m playing a Fender Custom Shop 72 Thinline with CuNiFe Wide-Range Humbucking Pickups. You can find a current list of my person gear here.

My music

You can find my personal music on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music, and all streaming services:

Evan on Spotify

Evan on Apple

The Intellimusica Spotify Playlist: Ethereal & Cinematic Music
(This playlist is curated and updated by me. It’s music that I’ve played and intend to play on Intellimusica. It flows beautifully — and additionally works as music for focus, meditation, and relaxation.)

How to play Fifty Fifty | fingerstyle guitar

This piece is one long passage that I play straight through. Even though there’s a tricky bit at 0:52, I still recommend this for beginner guitar players and up. The chord shapes are really easy to play. Enjoy! The guitar tab is available below:

Narcos: Mexico – Fifty Fifty (Gustavo Santaolalla) fingerstyle guitar

This song is played in standard tuning, and sound amazing on acoustic guitar as well.


Written by:

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