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Qhapaq Nan, Retracing the Path with Gustavo Santaolalla, is a documentary series following the footsteps of the cultural heritage left by the Incas through a unique audiovisual experience.

The road system — built by the Inca Empire — has been granted World Heritage status by the United Nations cultural agency, Unesco. The Qhapaq Nan roads go through six South American countries. It was built in the most diverse terrains, linking communities in the Andes mountains to fertile valleys, rainforests and deserts.

This program sounds excellent, especially if you’re a Gustavo Santaolalla fan like me. He seems to be a deep and soulful guy, and would be the perfect person to lend his unique talents to this type of documentary.

As usual, the music, mainly consisting of the Ronroco, is excellent. If you like this, please check out my version of Gustavo Santaolalla’s Apertura — from The Motorcycle Diaries. It’s one of my all time favorites.

(Note: Qhapaq Nan is my premium material. The guitar tab is available below.)

How to play Qhapaq Ñan theme for guitar

Your guitar will then sound like an A minor chord when the open strings are strummed. (Note: you’ll be tuning strings up here, so watch out for string breaks — especially if you’re using a steel string guitar.)

From here you add a capo to the 7th fret. I use a G7th premium classical capo.

My guitar is a Cordoba GK Studio. This guitar has a cutaway and allows me to access the higher end of the fret board. If you don’t have a cutaway guitar, I’ve rewritten to chorus in the guitar tab for you. No worries, you’ll still be able to play it.

The guitar tab will mainly look like single notes to you. Since you’re in an alternate tuning, all you have to do is continually strum most of the strings while fretting the single notes within the guitar tab.

Good luck, the guitar tab is available below:

To emulate Gustavo Santaolalla’s ronroco riff on guitar, I had to use an A minor tuning. The tuning is as follows, from low to high: E A E A C E.

*Qhapaq Ñan, desandando el camino con Gustavo Santaolalla*


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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.