hans zimmer

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

One of the many benefits of my son arriving into the world last year, is that I have very little time to dwell on anything else but him and this blog. I’m often asked by my friends and clients what I think of current affairs. My answer is always, I don’t know, what do you think?

Last year I would have had an immediate answer — and this year, I don’t care. My days are filled cartoons, playing with toys, and making exciting adventures out of trips to the grocery store. What I thought would be the most stressful time of my life, has turned out to be relatively care free.

It’s amazing — the degree to which a child can calibrate your world. Your own cares and insecurities dissipate into the day-to-day feeding, watering, and nurturing of a human being. I was a pretty philosophical guy prior to being a dad, but truthfully, I didn’t know anything until my son was born.

In my own experience, I have this heightened sense of what’s important — and all that’s really important is: the beauty of life, and the privilege of creating and guiding another, beautiful life.

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How to play Now We Are Free for classical guitar

Marcus Aurelius (played by the late Richard Harris in Gladiator) is considered one of the last good emperors of Rome. He was a dynamic individual who is widely considered to be one of the most important Stoic philosophers.

We think of philosophers as poor men: content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress – Seneca

In this case Marcus Aurelius was the most powerful man in the entire contemplated world, yet humble and deeply philosophical. In the film Gladiator, Maximus is a fictional character.  However, it’s obvious that Aurelius would inspire deep loyalty and love from any one of his generals. He really did wage battles from the frontier, as depicted in the film.

Now We Are Free, the closing theme of Gladiator, is possibly the most classic Hans Zimmer (with Lisa Gerrard) piece of all time. For whatever reason, I’ve only conceived this song on guitar just recently.

Of course I could transcribe and arrange it, but I prefer my arrangements to be in the vain of what Gustavo santaolalla might do on guitar. That is to say, minimalist, simple and with the least moving parts. I guess it took me years to realize how that would work on guitar.

The result is, what I believe to be, the most elegant guitar arrangement of Hans Zimmer’s Now We Are Free available.

The guitar tab is a only two pages long, very simple, and beautifully laid out. I consider Now We Are Free easy to play. An intermediate guitarist can play it in an afternoon, and it might take a weekend for a beginner.

My order of play looks like this, in accordance with the guitar tab: Intro, Verse, Chorus 2x, Bridge, Verse.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Now We Are Free is played in standard tuning with a capo on the second fret:

Now We Are Free for classical 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.