Gustavo Santaolalla: Riding Horses (Brokeback Mountain) + TAB

Posted on 12. Jul, 2011 by in Best of Intellimusica, Film Score, Gustavo Santaolalla, Premium Tabs

Brokeback Mountain

[Updated for 2017]

Next to the Brokeback Mountain Suite, Riding Horses is my favorite selection from Gustavo Santaolalla’s iconic, Academy Award winning score for Brokeback Mountain.

This music is literally the whole reason for my guitar style, this blog, musical philosophy, etc. It’s not just me either, I have friends who are high-level touring musicians in rock bands — and they also appreciate the Brokeback Mountain score.

For whatever reason, Gustavo Santaolalla connected with everybody on this one.

I recorded Riding Horses for YouTube a few years ago, but I was never happy with it. It’s two guitar parts, and I could never figure out how to play it easily as a single guitar piece.

I came back to it a lot over the years, and I finally figured it out. Now it’s perfect. Riding Horses is easily one of the most beautiful pieces of music Gustavo santaolalla has ever written.

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How to play Riding Horses, by Gustavo Santaolalla

The guitar tab for Rising Horses is a single page, and beautifully written. The introduction is played 4x, and the main section or passage is played 2x. You’ll then jump into the ending slightly early as indicated by the guitar tab.

Riding Horses is very easy to play. Please enjoy. The guitar tab is available below.

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10 Responses to “Gustavo Santaolalla: Riding Horses (Brokeback Mountain) + TAB”

  1. Daniel

    13. Jul, 2011

    Thank you Evan! Especially the “Riding Horses” part sounds great this way. I had only played one voice so far but blending the second voice in makes it even better and that short passage from “21 Grams” is just beautiful, I could play it all day and just drift off, the whole “21 Grams” soundtrack is very atmospheric and authentic. Well thank you once more for this tab!

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    • Evan Handyside

      13. Jul, 2011

      Danke Daniel! I had you in mind when I arranged this medley. The 1st two songs should be easy enough to play and they’ll work as a nice progression toward Riding Horses which is slightly more difficult but doable. Enjoy!

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  2. Daniel

    14. Jul, 2011

    Yeah thank you, it’s just my taste and i actually tabbed “Phone Call” myself a while ago but slightly differently, there are 1 or 2 things I prefer about your tab though because it’s easier to play. And “Riding Horses” isn’t that hard, there’s just one passage really that I don’t get right yet but I am enjoying it either way!

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  3. Phagun

    16. Aug, 2011

    Dude….I am one of the biggest Gustavo fan..and now I am your fan. You play with such maturity and finesse it almost seems like the great man himself is playing. I am especially thankful to you for showing how his songs are played. Keep up the good work bro. I am a musician too. Once I release my album I will let you know about it, if you’re interested. Very nice work

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    • Evan Handyside

      16. Aug, 2011

      Thanks for the complement! Please let me know when your album is released.

      One of the ideas behind this blog is to somehow monetize it (while keeping the content free) so I can finance my own album too. Even though I’m recording solo guitar I’m realizing more and more that the one mic and pro tools gig isn’t going to work. A single guitar can’t hide among other instruments so I need the best sound as possible which means isolation booths and multiple mics.

      Thanks man,

      P.S. Put a link in the ‘comments’ and I’ll check out your stuff when you have it ready.

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  4. Sebastian

    09. Jul, 2012

    Wow, I’m so glad I just found your website! It’s so nice that you share all these videos and tabs.
    May I ask you one question? could you figure out this medley:
    Cause since I heard this one I started to play fingerstyle guitar (I only played electric guitar for a long time) because I want to be able to play this, too. It’s such a beautiful tune, but I just can’t figure it out on my own, even though I play guitar for almost 5 years now… maybe because I never had any music lessons… and there are also no good tabs or tutorials for this on the web, but it seems you could do it in a breath.
    however, keep up the good work! you’re great ;)

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  5. Diego

    10. Jul, 2015

    Graças ao seu trabalho eu posso reproduzir essa maravilha em casa,muito obrigado.

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