By 1998, Gustavo Santaolalla was already an iconic musician and producer in the Latin alternative rock scene. His album, Ronroco, launched his reinvention as a film composer. The song, Iguazu, was used to great effect in, The Insider.

Following 1998’s Ronroco, Camino is a collection of instrumental tunes in the World genre, that are mostly played on a ronroco (a tiny Andean guitar). Released in 2014, Camino is a beautiful record that’s perfect for meditation, yoga, and travel.

Joaillerie is indicative of Santaolalla’s composition style; a long passage of notes that crescendos and descends back to it’s tiny beginning. 

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Gear used

For Joaillerie, I used my Cordoba GK Studio. It’s an easing playing, and dynamically perfect guitar. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play Joaillerie | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across 3 pages, and played straight through. You’ll repeat the chorus section 2x. I recommend Joaillerie for intermediate guitar players and up. I hope you enjoy playing this as much as I do. The guitar tab is available below:

Gustavo Santaolalla: Joaillerie | fingerstyle guitar

This piece 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.