Gustavo Santaolalla: Lait (Biutiful) for guitar + TAB

Posted on 08. May, 2011 by in Best of Intellimusica, Film Score, Gustavo Santaolalla, Premium Tabs

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Biutiful stars Javier Bardem and is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman).

Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. Uxbal (Bardem) is a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, guilt, and mortality amidst the dangerous criminal underworld of modern Barcelona.

Although Uxbal is a career criminal, and his livelihood is earned out of bounds — his sacrifice for his children knows no bounds.

When Uxbal is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he’s given weeks, if not days to live. His journey is a desperate race against time to settle his affairs and leave some security behind for his children’s future.

Gustavo Santaolalla’s Lait is one of the principle songs from Biutiful. It’s loosely played on a ronroco which is a small Andean guitar.

The song has a circular structure to it, beginning with the end, which is emblematic of Uxbal’s journey — and the human experience. 

You may also like my arrangement of Gustavo Santaolalla’s Epilogue, also from Biutiful.

Gear Used

For Lait I used my Cordoba GK Studio. It’s truly my best sounding guitar.

You can find a current list of my gear, here.

How to play Lait, by Gustavo Santaolalla

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Lait is relatively easy to play, as nearly the entire song is played on the first three frets. However, having been originally played on a small Andean guitar called a Ronroco, there’s some Santaolalla-esque nuance that may be difficult for beginner guitar players. 

The guitar tab is three pages long. You’ll begin with page one, taking care to |: repeat :| the Intro 2x. You’ll then follow the tab where you’ll play the Refrain 2x.

Follow the guitar tab again to where I indicate to play the refrain again (1x) then the Intro again 2x. Finish with the End section.

I believe this song favors intermediate guitar players and up, but beginner guitar players will most likely be just fine. 

I LOVE playing this, and it’s one of Gustavo Santaolalla all time greatest pieces. Please enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Lait is played in

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13 Responses to “Gustavo Santaolalla: Lait (Biutiful) for guitar + TAB”

  1. Miguel

    15. Dec, 2011

    Thanks A LOT for the tab! It was perfectly readable and right on the notes, much, much appreciated!
    Thanks again for sharing this!!!!

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  2. Martin

    07. Mar, 2012

    Thanks a lot too! The adaptation is really great, considering it’s originally played in a charango (if i’m not wrong). Your blog/vlog has amazing stuff!

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    • Evan Handyside

      08. Mar, 2012

      Hi Martin, thanks for commenting. Yes it originally played on a charango, which begs the question — whats the difference between a charango and a ronroco? I have no idea.

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  3. Martin

    09. Mar, 2012

    I’m not sure either, but they’re all from the same family of small gutars with double strings. I think the difference varies on the size and the material they’re made off. From what i know charangos are particullary small, while ronrocos can be somewhat larger, though it’s hard to tell from just listening.
    All i know is that i like the way they sound!

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  4. Sargon

    11. Apr, 2012

    Your site is really useful (even inspirational). I’m trying to learn some classical / flamenco guitar and your site / tabs so far are the best! Nice work and please keep it up.

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  5. Euan

    13. Jul, 2012

    There is a piece called Coyita, Gustavo Santaolalla plays it on the ronroco, could you maybe look into putting it into guitar format? its a nice song.
    thanks in advance :)

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    • Evan Handyside

      15. Jul, 2012

      I’ll check into that Euan. Some stuff works for guitar and some stuff (like Iguazu for instance) is nearly impossible to play on guitar. Its on my radar though. Thanks for commenting and stay in touch!

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      • Bjey

        20. Nov, 2013

        I listened to the song and it sounds amazing, but hard to play too!
        I would love to play that song, even if its hard…
        Greetings from germany :)

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  6. Ram

    02. Nov, 2012

    Hello, do not you encourage decipher the tabs of the song “Divenire” – Ludovico Einaudi. I would greatly appreciate it. I admire your ability

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  7. Edmond

    16. Oct, 2013

    Keep up the good work Evan – For the past two months I’ve been learning guitar by myself; I have been using your tabs, particularly the ones with Gustavo Santaolalla, and they have helped me improve tremendously.

    You make it possible for average joes like me to be able to play music as beautiful as this. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate all the work you’ve put into your site and your tabs. A big thank you from all the way in Australia

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    • Evan Handyside

      16. Oct, 2013

      Thanks for the great comment Edmond. You’re right, this music is beautiful, and not hard to play at all. I’m glad you’re making use of it, and seeing gains in your guitar playing. Stay in touch!


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