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From an recent interview with Access WOBI, in which Gustavo Santaolalla was asked what advice he would give to a young artist:

“I would focus on three fundamental qualities. First of all, discipline. The famous “80% perspiration and 20% inspiration”. The second thing is to find your identity and the third is to remain faithful to your vision.

You will always be presented proposals that take you away from your path. In particular, two instances: when you are not well-known and when million dollar offers appear that don’t have anything to do with who you are as an artist. In those two situations you have to have the integrity to say no.” — Gustavo Santaolalla

As an artist or creator, it’s important to change trajectory as events change and new feedback occurs.  However, you cannot lose course in doing so.  This is a similar to the nurturing success, not reacting to it concept that I mentioned in my last post.

You are probably thinking the same thing as me — I’d love to have this problem!  The good new is, we will all eventually find the success we desire — so long as we stick to Santaolalla’s principles:

Discipline

I like to think of discipline as creating inertia towards your goal — bringing the full weight of your life force behind an idea.

After a few hours, days, or even weeks at chipping away at your project, there will be probably little to show for your efforts. However, after a few months, things will begin to move in your direction.  It’s almost like you have to show the universe that you’re a serious person!

More so than discipline, I like words: focus, tenacity, and relentlessness.  Those words have a little more clarity behind them — and nothing meaningful can be achieved without them.

By now, my blogging discipline should be fabled in story and song. But without my tenacity, I might of never posted The Last Of Us, which turned out to be my most successful post ever. It even garnered a shout out from Santaolalla himself who shared the YouTube video on his Facebook page, April 3rd 2012:

I’m a fan of this fan who brought up the subject of “The Last of Us” on guitar. The original version is in ronroco.
It is practically the same.  -Gustavo Santaolalla 

To most people, that mention is no big deal.  But to a fan like me, it’s f*cking awesome.

Identity

This is the easiest to answer, yet people think its the most difficult.  Your identity is what separates you from everybody else.  If you don’t know what separates you from the rest of the people in your field — identify a complexity (in your field), and offer a simpler alternative. That’s it.

Knowingly or unknowingly, that’s what Nirvana did to Poison, and the Barbarians did to Rome. It holds true for music, art, service, and business.  Be different, and by different, we mean simple.

Your artistic, or business identity should be summed up in one sentence.  In my case: Uncommon ideas for the practicing guitarist.

Remain faithful to your vision

This is perhaps the toughest one of them all.  Author Seth Godin describes this as The Dip.  This is where the initial excitement of your endeavor wears off and you’re forced to confront reality.  In other words, The Dip separates the men from the boys; the doers from the quitters.

The temptation to change course, or to even quit, will be enormous.  I’ve had so many set backs, you wouldn’t believe it!  In May my traffic dropped 50% to 7,500 unique viewers.  

While some new blogs would kill for 7,500 viewers — in the real blog world, that’s the equivalent of a barely beating heart.  Intellimusica was a dying star, relegated to an intermittent blip on a screen.

Then, just like that, Man of Steel and The Last Of Us are released, and my viewership is up to 20,000 viewers for June alone.  However, my traffic will almost certainly drop in August by 50%.  So on and so forth.

The point is (irrespective of the million dollar offers in Santaolalla’s world), I remain faithful to my vision when the going gets tough.

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My dad was in the seminary studying to be a Catholic priest — that is until he met my mom!  He was a loving family man, a shrewd business man, an excellent teacher, and a man wholly interested in the arts, poetry, and philosophy.  

We enjoyed seeing movies together when I was a kid, and one of our favorite movies was The Dead Poets Society. Carpe diem!

When I first heard Gustavo Santaolalla’s music for the first time, it was the score from Brokeback Mountain in 2005. Like most people, I was blown away at the perfection of the whole thing.  Simple guitar lines, space, and melody.

I immediately downloaded the soundtrack, and quickly figured out the main themes on guitar. What I uncovered was a musician who had completely removed his ego from the music. I had never heard that done before, I didn’t even know it was possible (to remove your ego from your music), and I haven’t heard it done since then.

Upon further inspection of the artist himself — I found that Gustavo Santaolalla is a shrew business man, an excellent teacher, and a main wholly interested in the arts, and philosophy.

That’s why I’m a fan, and that’s why you should be to.

How to play The Last Of Us (You and Me) for guitar

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I think The Last Of Us (You and Me) is played on the ronroco, and this should be considered an adaption to guitar — much like the main theme.  Not much to say here, other than You and Me is a brilliant derivative of the main theme. 

While not for beginners, You and Me will be relatively easy to play for intermediate level guitar players — as there are not many complicated chord positions.  

Enjoy the tab is available below:

The Last Of Us (You and Me) is played in standard tuning.  

The Last Of Us — You and Me (Tab)

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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.