Gustavo Santaolalla: Morning | fingerstyle guitar
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Morning

Free download of this performance on SoundCloud.

Morning is the central theme from August: Osage County — a highly underrated soundtrack by Gustavo Santaolalla. Much like Brokeback Mountain, the film’s score has Santaolalla exploring uniquely Americana themes.

[I posted this song in 2014, but my friend Derek, an avid guitarist and reader of this blog, suggested that it was time for a 2020 redo]

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Gear used

For this piece, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play Morning by Gustavo Santaolalla

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Morning is beautifully written across two pages. It’s essentially one long passage, played twice. This piece is relatively easy to play. While best for intermediate guitar players, beginners can definitely give it a shot too.

I like this song as an etude that really works Santaolalla’s arpeggiated right-hand technique.  A good start for that technique would be a song called Did This Really Happen? Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

The guitar tab is played twice through. You’ll also take care to repeat the section between the brackets — as indicated in the guitar tab.

Gustavo Santaolalla: Morning | fingerstyle guitar

Morning is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 5th fret. Those with bigger hands/fingers will want to put the capo on the 3rd fret, or none at all. It’s still sounds great no matter what position you’re in.

Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.