Biutiful: How to play Rein — Gustavo Santaolalla

Posted on 30. May, 2011 by in Film Score, Free Tabs, Gustavo Santaolalla

I wanted to get Rein up and tabulated to complete the troika from ‘Biutiful ‘. It’s very simple and is played in standard tuning. The actual version of Rein is very loose so I tightened up the structure and performed a slightly abbreviated version of the song.

Interestingly, Rein means purely as translated from German. While the title obviously represents a sentiment of the film, I had actually been contemplating the “pureness” or authenticity of Gustavo Santaolalla’s recorded performances. Paradoxically, I obsess over nuance and record multiple takes of each song to get them as close to perfect as I can for this blog — while Santaolalla’s actual performances sound spontaneous, often fluctuating in┬áthere precision, intensity, and volume.

Gustavo Santaolalla — Rein (Biutiful) Tab

8 Responses to “Biutiful: How to play Rein — Gustavo Santaolalla”

  1. douglas

    26. Jun, 2011

    this music is so atmospheric without being new age or overly minimalistic… i cant get over how generous you are in talent in figuring out these works as other musicians gain from your effort…

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    • Evan Handyside

      27. Jun, 2011

      Thanks Douglas! I’m trying to get better at my performances and recordings. It’s all worth it to connect with musicians like yourself. My wife and I are listening to all the wonderful music on your YouTube channel. I write my own material as well so I hope to upload those songs and possibly have something available on Itunes in the future. Do you have any of your songs or performances for sale or download?

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  2. Santaolalla Medley — Phone Call, Did This Really Happen?, and Riding Horses |

    12. Jul, 2011

    […] like my transcription of Rein, I had to blend two separate guitar parts into one for ‘Riding Horses’. This is one of […]

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  3. jr

    17. Jun, 2013

    evan,just a huge thank you for going out of your way and providing these tabs to the biutiful and beautiful music! im sure im one of hundreds appreciating you work for us!!

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  4. jr

    19. Jun, 2013

    hi evan!! having a great time w/rein! almost hypnotic(in an acousticLabs kinda way).good fingerstyle practice..but yes,i have a question if u can help me,plz!! my short stubby fingers are having a hard time(the absolute only part of the tune.LOL) holding the barre on the 3/ 5-5..ugh! is there an easier way to pull off this small part of the song? i tried holding first the 3-3 then applying the 5-5……help………jr

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    • Evan Handyside

      20. Jun, 2013

      Hi JR,

      Yes, Minor bar chords are very tricky if you’re a newer guitar player. It’s very difficult to get that minor 3rd note to squeak out on the 3rd string. Drop your left elbow and shoulder, and lower your thumb on the back of the neck. Try barring on the outside edge of your 1st finger — as that’s the flattest part of your barring finger. Keep doing this, and eventually within a few days you’ll get a clear sounding G minor bar chord.

      Check this out:

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  5. jr

    25. Jun, 2013 it..will do..great article!…managed to improvise with a bar of 3rd fret,play it then quickly barre 5th fret w/pinky.if it helps anyone w/short fingers….thanx again evan…working on lait..great easy tabs!

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