Vladimir's Blues by Max Richter

“Play is the highest form of research.”
― Albert Einstein

I’m interested in HBO’S new series, The Leftovers, so naturally I wanted to find out what the music was all about. I knew Max Richter was composing the score, but I wanted to hear, and possibly arrange something for this blog straight away.

I’ve stumbled into a niche, where it’s not enough to be good — you have to be first. I’ve embraced this competitiveness wholeheartedly, and I delicate a few hours each week to preemptive content research.

Most of my content research is deciphering: what music is in the trailer of a particular movie or series — and will it be in the actual show.

Last week I posted (what I believe to be) Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar theme — 6 months ahead of the movie’s release date. Hardcore fans will pick up on it now, and others will find it later.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the music I’m doing in each and every post. It just so happens that music in film rarely has an expiration date. That’s good for a blogger like me who wants a post to live on and gestate for a couple of years.

The most ideal situation is: to get a blog post of a particular piece of music up — as far ahead of the film’s release date as possible. The posts’s traffic will have a slow lead in period, spike with the release, then steadily simmer as the film makes it’s way to Blu-ray then HBO.

However, above all, I have to be passionate about the music. I only post what I’m personally excited to play and share with the rest of the world.

(Note: check out my post-classical category. Be sure to look for the ‘older entries‘ link at the bottom of the page. There’s a bunch of similar songs and tabs — including On the Nature of Daylight which is an old post, but a good one.)

How to play Vladimir’s Blues by Max Richter for classical guitar

This music by (Max Richter) is from the trailer of HBO’s new series, The Leftovers. So far Vladimir’s Blues has been duel-purposed from Richter’s album, The Blue Notebooks.

Vladimir’s Blues is akin to most contemporary post-classical compositions: a single, repeated chord progression, with simple melody that is slightly varied from the chord progression.

The guitar tab is comprised of two pages. You will play the entire piece straight through, twice. On the second passage, you’ll make the two subtle alterations that I have indicated at the bottom of the as: A and B.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

Vladimir’s Blues is played in standard tuning.

Vladimir’s Blues, by Max Richter, for classical guitar

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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, film composer - Broken Noons, creator of modern content for guitar.