Gone Girl

“If you believe that you must keep your promises, over-deliver and treat every commitment as though it’s an opportunity for a transformation, the only way you can do this is to turn down most opportunities. No is the foundation that we can build our yes on.” -Seth Godin

Wield the power of no

Trent Reznor is out there doing some fascinating interviews about his score for Gone Girl, and his previous work with David Fincher on the Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

One of the main takeaways I get from Reznor’s philosophical approach to work and creativity is: he does exactly what he wants to do — and nothing else. You’ll find this with a lot of highly successful people. They really wield the power of “no”.

I’m fascinated by (highly original) successful people — and the idea of saying no to anything you’re not wholeheartedly passionate about comes up time, and time again in all of interviews I consume from podcasts, magazines, etc.

Whether it’s Gustavo Santaolalla, Trent Reznor, or even Brad Pitt — from an early point in their careers, they resisted any temptation that would sully their personal brand — and forged ahead, piecing together a long-lasting career of highly specific and original projects.

Staying with this mindset for a moment, what if you were to do the same? From my personal experience, I have never (in my 37 years) regretted saying no, but I’ve often regretted saying yes. We are inundated with stories about passing up opportunities that unfortunately, have become conventional wisdom.

From the standpoint of your career, say yes to anything that inspires you or seems compelling. Say no to everything else. Trust me, you wont regret it.   

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How to play Sugar Storm for guitar

“David (Fincher) and I talked a lot about the concept of appearances and facades and if we could create sonically, something that might appear to be perfect and pleasant on the outside, but have it sort of rot inside.” – Trent Reznor, on the music of Gone Girl.

Sugar Storm is a two chord progression that builds with a few interesting melodic notes and a peculiar bass line. The very end of the song (1:31 of the video) is my own creation. The riff just seemed to be a cool way to end a guitar version of Sugar Storm.

I guess Sugar Storm can be considered easy to play, but more over, it’s a very delicate and dynamic song to play. I’m slightly muting the bass line towards the end with the palm of my right hand. The same technique is used in my version of Technically, Missing — also from the Gone Girl original motion picture score. The very end of the song uses natural harmonics which are indicated by a <> symbol in the guitar tab.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

As always, the guitar tab is clear and concise. Sugar Storm is played in drop D tuning. The tuning is as follows from low to high: D A D G B E.

*Sugar Storm for classical guitar (by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross*

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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.