james horner

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How to play The Ludlows for classical guitar

Composer, James Horner, tragically died in late June when his private plane crashed in California. I’ve been going back through his catalogue, and by far, The Ludlows (Legends of the Fall) is my favorite piece.

Gustavo Santaolalla is my favorite composer/guitarist. I’m very familiar with his style — so I tend to look at the music I arrange from a What would Santaolalla do? perspective.

With James Horner’s The Ludlows, I wanted to create a pretty and minimalist guitar piece in the style of Gustavo Santaolalla.

The guitar tab for The Ludlows is barely two pages long. There’s a long passage in the beginning that is repeated twice — which I’m calling that the verse. The chorus serves as the outro for The Ludlows.

The guitar tab is available below:

The Ludlows is played in standard tuning, with a capo on the second fret. I’m using a capo on the 3rd fret in the video, because my guitar was tuned down a half step. Enjoy!

James Horner’s The Ludlows for classical guitar

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