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Altamira (Mark Knopfler & Evelyn Glennie) is the title track from, Finding Altamira: a 2016 film about a Spanish archaeologist (Antonio Banderas) and his daughter (Allegra Allen) who cause worldwide controversy in 1879 when they discover cave paintings that are 10,000 years old. Here's a short video where Mark Knopfler explains the music in the film.

I've been a Mark Knopfler fan for as long as I can remember.  He is truly one of the greatest living songwriters of all time. A world class guitarist -- who developed his own inimitable fingerstyle shorthand.  In the video, he plays mind blowing licks as an afterthought. 

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For this piece, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. You can find a current list of my gear here.

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How to play Altamira | fingerstyle guitar

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 The guitar tab is beautifully written across 3 pages. I would characterize Altamira as relatively difficult. It's best for intermediate to advanced guitar players. I've also archived it with my 2 Minute Classical guitar category. In there you'll find sophisticated arrangements that are only 2 minutes long -- making them doable for everybody.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

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