Leave No Trace

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Leave No Trace is about a father (Ben Foster) and daughter who live an off-the-grid existence in a National Forest Park/nature preserve near Portland, Oregon. They rarely making contact with the outside world. However, a small mistake tips them off to authorities, and they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their home.

Ben Foster is one of the best. I hope this leads to an Academy Award nomination and win for Best Actor. I recently watched and Interview with writer/director Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell of High Water, Wind River) where he was asked — of all the actors you’ve worked with, who would you like to write for again, specifically? Sheridan said unequivocally, Ben Foster.

Dickon Hinchliffe is a multi-instrumentalist composer (Peaky Blinders, Out of the Furnace, and Winter’s Bone). His score for Leave No Trace is in the vein of a Nick Cave and Warren Ellis soundtrack. There’s folksiness to the music — like Tom Waits could recite poetry over top of it. My favorite piece is the closing theme, entitled Sunshine.

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Gear Used

For Sunshine, I used my Cordoba GK Studio. Click here for a current list of my gear.

How to play Sunshine for classical guitar

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Sunshine is very easy to play, and a perfect song for beginner guitar players to get their feet wet with: trills, hammers, pull-offs, and slides.

The guitar tab is beautifully written across two pages and played straight through without repeats. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Sunshine is played in a double drop-D tuning. Your tuning is as follows from low to high: D A D G B D.

Leave No Trace: Sunshine (Dickon Hinchliffe) for guitar


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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.