Gustavo Santaolalla: Lima (The Motorcycle Diaries) + TAB

Posted on 10. Jun, 2011 by in Best of Intellimusica, Film Score, Gustavo Santaolalla, Premium Tabs

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[Updated: August 2017]


Lima is one of my favorite tracks from Gustavo Santaolalla’s The Motorcycle Diaries soundtrack. Rather than (his usual) simple playing approach, Lima really displays Santaolalla’s guitar prowess.

I had an opportunity to see Gustavo Santaolalla play live in Pittsburgh with his band Bajofondo. Rather than a conventional guitar soloist, his virtuosity is in playing complex chord patterns, often at lightning speed.

I suppose that what impressed me the most — he deep innate understand chord structures. Amazing for someone who doesn’t read music, or have a background in music theory.

Gear Used

For Lima, I used my little Cordoba Dolce guitar. It’s an  affordable 3/4 size guitar, with a bright sound. Cordoba has superior bracing, even in their cheaper instruments, so a $280 Cordoba is going to be far superior to just about anything else in that price point.

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How to play Lima, by Gustavo Santaolalla

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Lima is a challenge to play. None of the chord shapes are difficult, but you will have to be very agile — as everything needs to move quickly and gracefully. I recommend Lima for intermediate guitar players and up.

The guitar tab for Lima is 3 pages long, and beautifully written. My order of play (in accordance with the guitar tab) looks like this: Page one, Page two — Page one [refrain] — Page three [End].

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Lima is played in

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9 Responses to “Gustavo Santaolalla: Lima (The Motorcycle Diaries) + TAB”

  1. Luis Shaw

    25. Jul, 2011

    Please show me the tab for this song. Thank you!

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  2. Evan Handyside

    25. Jul, 2011

    Hi Luis, the tab is available in a PDF right below the article. Just click and print.

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  3. Pal

    23. Aug, 2011

    Do you have the tabs for “Tampa”, also by Gustavo?

    Can’t find it anywhere, would be great if you had it!



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  4. Rafster

    17. Dec, 2012

    Aww man I love you. This is great stuff. The internet’s just a big pot of goo and every once in a while you come across a website where someone puts the time and effort to actually help other folks out. Great music to play when your couped up in your bachelor pad. I Can’t thank you enough.

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    • Evan Handyside

      18. Dec, 2012

      Thanks for the great comment! That’s the vision: dude’s in their bachelor pads playing Santaolalla tabs. Lol!

      Check out some other stuff on here, I got a ton of Gustavo Santaolalla!

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  5. Name

    18. Dec, 2012

    Oh and if you can come out with the babel endless flight tab I would be obliged. Thanks man

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  6. Rafae

    23. Dec, 2012

    What a swell guy. I’m sorry I’ve been badgering you with a lot of requests, but a couple jose gonzalez songs like down the hillside or chickens by junip. Take your time and ten years if you have to.

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