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[Updated 9/19/22]

Impermanence

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“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them.”
― Paulo Coelho

Gustavo Santaolalla’s most underrated score is from the 2013 film August: Osage County – a 2013 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a dysfunctional family that reunites into the familial house when their patriarch suddenly disappears.

While the movie had mixed reviews, Gustavo Santaolalla’s score is one of his best. It’s the closest we have to his iconic Brokeback Mountain score. Impermanence is a beautiful passage, and very easy to play. It reminds me of Gustavo’s work on Things We Lost in the Fire.

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Gear used

For Impermanence, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. Is a beautiful sounding and easy playing (low action) guitar. You can find a current list of all of my gear here.

Spotify and streaming

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How to play Impermanence | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for Impermanence is beautifully written across one page. Like most pieces by Gustavo Santaolalla, this song is minimal, and fairly easy to play. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

For Impermanence, you’ll play through the entire passage twice. You’ll them play the ‘End’ section  of the piece. I hope you enjoy playing this as much as I do.

Gustavo Santaolalla: Impermanence | fingerstyle guitar

Impermanence is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 5th fret.

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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.