Gustavo Santaolalla

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales)

Gustavo Santaolalla is an Argentine composer and record producer. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Babel (2006). He has also composed music for a number of other films, including The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), 21 Grams (2003), and Amores perros (2000).

Relatos Salvajes is a dark comedy film that tells six interconnected stories about people who are driven to violence by the stresses of everyday life. Santaolalla’s score for the film is a mix of traditional Argentine music and electronic elements. It perfectly captures the film’s dark and humorous tone.

Santaolalla’s score was praised by critics, and it was also nominated for a number of awards, including the Goya Award for Best Original Score.

How to play Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales) for guitar

Relatos Salvajes is a multi-instrument song. For this version, I’ve distilled it down in to a single, solo guitar piece — comprised of the basic backing chords and principle melody.

The guitar tab is meticulously written and indicates the chord shape, as well as displaying the melody. You’ll notice in 0:38 of the video, I’m using my middle finger in conjunction with my guitar pick to pluck the shapes after the chord is strummed.

With regard to the strumming, a (….) symbol following a chord indicates to strum. The exact strumming is located below the (….). D means down, and U means up. Simple.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

**Gustavo Santaolalla’s Wild Tales for guitar

Although Relatos Salvajes is played in standard tuning, my guitar in the recording is tuned one 1/2 step down. It’s a 1970 Yamaha that refuses to be tuned beyond 1/2 step down.