Sufjan Stevens: Futile Devices | fingerstyle guitar
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Futile Devices

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Futile Devices is a song by American singer songwriter, Sufjan Stevens. This song is from the soundtrack of, Call Me By Your Name; a 2017 coming-of-age romantic drama film, directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Sufjan Stevens has such a peculiar musicality. He has the linear vocal delivery of Elliot Smith, with an ethereal accompaniment underneath his poetry. Check out the artistry of this live performance. I love how layers build, and the title is introduced in the last moment of song.

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Gear used

For this piece, I used my Cordoba C7 guitar. You can find a current list of my gear here.

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How to play Futile Devices | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this arrangement is beautifully written across 3 pages. I recommend Futile Devices for intermediate guitar players and up. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

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