Gustavo Santaolalla
Photo: Qhapaq Ñan – retracing the path Gustavo Santaolalla

My gosh, if anything else, the Netflix series Making a Murderer highlights the unscientific (and uncertain) design of our American justice system. I’m not judging, as it might be the best we can do.

Beyond a traffic ticket, most of us will never be caught up in the criminal justice system. However, Making a Murderer highlights the importance of an individual exercising their right to remain silent until they’ve spoken to a lawyer.

Also, while I intend to never commit a crime, it might be important to surround yourself with law abiding friends and family — so you’re never inadvertently caught up in someone else’s situation.

As with my last Making a Murder post, I will avoid stating whether I think Steven Avery is guilty or not. The truth is, I don’t know. However, two things are obvious from the 10 hour documentary:

  1. The police are guilty of massive impropriety in the both of the Steven Avery cases. Arguably far more impropriety in the latter case — of which both Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey were found guilty.
  2. The Avery family were ill equipped (from general ignorance of the justice system) to handle what befell them in terms of a dubious police department — with a massive conflict of interest.

The Averys appeared to have no concept of their rights (or the gravity of the situation) until it was too late. Their lawyers were very good — but they entered the case after a deluge of misstatements and craziness had already occurred.

With regard to the Avery’s — you have a group of individuals from a seemingly low socio-economic background. The Avery salvage yard could be worth a substantial amount of money — but nonetheless they are a family living in trailers, in a junkyard.

They conduct themselves “in the moment” and seem incapable of philosophy and thoughtfulness. Combined with ignorance of their rights — the authorities can absolutely exploit this mentality when gathering evidence to suit a preconceived narrative.

All of this being said, a 10 hour documentary could just as easily be released by the prosecution swaying all of our opinions in the opposite direction.

(Be sure to check out my arrangement of the opening theme to Making a Murderer for classical guitar.)

How to play the Making a Murderer end credits theme by Gustavo Santaolalla

This riff is vintage Gustavo Santaolalla: uncomplicated, driving, and perfect for it’s intended purpose. The end credits theme gets you subconsciously amped for the very next episode of Making a Murderer.

With regard to the guitar tab, I’m using symbology for the strumming pattern. D = down and U = up. The general strum pattern is: down, down, up, up — or D DUU. The (. . . .) symbol indicates that you’ll be strumming that particular chord. For every set of (. . . .) your strumming pattern will be D DUU.

If strumming is more intuitive for you, just mimic what I’m doing in the video and forget everything I just said!

[My acoustic guitar in the video is a GS Mini. It’s small, plays as smoothly as an electric guitar, and sounds huge. You can find a list of all of my gear here.]

I’ve divided the guitar tab into three sections: Intro, Main 2x, and End. End Credits is played in standard tuning. Enjoy the guitar tab is available below.

End Credits (Gustavo Santaolalla)

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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.