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Johann Johannsson

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Jóhann Jóhannsson was an extraordinary Icelandic composer. For a period of time, he lead the modern post-classical movement — which is identified with experimental, minimalist, and electronic music. He passed away in February 2018 at the age of 48. Jóhann is best known for his film music, primarily the Oscar-nominated scores for The Theory of Everything and Sicario.

Orphee, Jóhann’s 2016 studio album, is essentially a concept record inspired by the ancient tale of the poet Orpheus. Flight from the City is one of the first singles, and it is emblematic of Jóhannsson’s minimalist genius. This song is so emotive, it can quite literally bring you to tears.

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Gear used

I used my Cordoba C7 on this piece. It’s a relatively inexpensive and warm sounding guitar. You can find a current list of my gear here.

My music

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The Intellimusica Spotify Playlist: Ethereal and Cinematic Music
(This playlist is curated and updated by me. It’s music that I’ve played and intend to play on Intellimusica. It flows beautifully — and additionally works as music for focus, meditation, and self-reflection.)

See also: Cinematic Guitar and Ethereal Christmas (also created by me).

How to play Flight from the City | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for Flight from the City is incredibly easy to play, and beautifully written across a single page. This is a perfect song for beginner guitar players. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

My order of play looks like this in accordance wit the guitar tab:

Intro, Verse 2x, Verse End

Intro Verse 2x, Verse End

Johann Johannsson: Flight from the City | fingerstyle guitar

Flight from the City is played in an unusual tuning (from low to high): C D# A# D# A# D. Depending on your tuner, it might look like this: C Eb Bb Eb Bb D.

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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.