Gustavo Santaolalla


I have wanted to play Gustavo Santaolalla’s Pajaros for years, but for whatever reason, I couldn’t figure it out adequately until now. Pajaros (birds) is a one off song from the soundtrack of My Blueberry Nights; a 2007 film by Chinese director, Wong Kar Wai.

I’m speculating, but there is weird licensing stuff that happens with soundtracks. Often times a production company will purchase a song outright from the composer — where the production company owns the sole rights to the song. Or, they license it from the artist. Both methods can result in a song being unavailable for individual purchase. Right now you can find the piece on YouTube, or cover versions on streaming.

Even still, Pajaros has become a fan favorite, a classic from Gustavo Santaolalla.

How to play Pajaros | fingerstyle guitar

While there are no difficult chord shapes — the fingerstyle can be pretty tricky at times. This song is best suited to intermediate guitar players and up. Enjoy the guitar tab is available below:

My song structure, in accordance with the guitar tab, looks like this:

Intro 2x, Verse 2x,

Bridge, Verse 1x.

**Gustavo Santaolalla’s Pajaros for guitar

Pajaros is played in an easy trick tuning: E A E G B E. You’ll tune the D string up to E. You’ll then put a capo on the 7th fret.