Gustavo Santaolalla: The Wings (Brokeback Mountain) + TAB

Posted on 24. Dec, 2018 by in Best of Intellimusica, Easy to Play, Film Score, Free Tabs, Gustavo Santaolalla

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The Wings

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The Wings completes my arrangements for the Oscar winning Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack by Gustavo Santaolalla. This song is what initially drew me into Gustavo Santaolalla’s film score work, way back in 2005. From there, the theme Brokeback Mountain 1 changed the way I think about music (and my guitar playing) forever.

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My complete arrangements for the Brokeback Mountain score.

Gear Used

For, The Wings, I used my Taylor GS Mini Walnut. It’s a big sounding parlor size guitar. I love the GS Mini, it’s the only steel string acoustic I play. For a list of all of my current gear, click here.

How to play, The Wings, by Gustavo Santaolalla

The wings is relatively easy to play, as there are no difficult chord shapes. However, the various fingerstyle techniques might be a bit confusing for less experienced guitar players.

Within the *2nd section I’m arpeggiating the chord with my right hand — a technique I borrow from none other than, Gustavo Santaolalla. I put my (right hand) thumb, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers on the strings — then peel them off one by one like a can opener. Its a beautiful way to articulate a rather simple chord.

From there, I lazily strum with my thumb hitting the bass note, and my 2nd finger hitting the two high notes of the chord in an upward swiping motion.

In the 3rd strumming section (with a guitar pick) I’ve indicated my strum with a D (down) and U (up) below the tablature. On the relative chord you’ll see D DUD. That means you’ll strum Down – Down, Up , Down.

Finally, I added a simple country lick of my own to round out the piece. The notes in the diamond symbol are natural harmonics.

The guitar tab is beautifully written across three pages, and played straight though without repeats.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

The Wings is played in standard tuning.

Gustavo Santaolalla: The Wings (Brokeback Mountain)

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