Update 11/13/16: On the Nature of Daylight is used as the opening and closing theme of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller Arrival.

This was one of my very first posts from 2012, and my blog has come a long way since then! Even still, I rewrote and updated the guitar tab for you. The old one was sufficient, but I lay out the look and feel of guitar tabs much better now.

March 2012: On the Nature of Daylight (Max Richter) has been my labor of love for the past 48 hours. The goal was to produce the best sounding and easiest guitar interpretation possible.

From Max Richter’s album The Blue Notebooks, and used in the soundtrack of Shutter Island, On The Nature Of Daylight is a long and delicate chord progression — eventually woven together with a somber violin melody.

How to play On the Nature of Daylight for classical guitar

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This is not an exact interpretation of On the Nature of Daylight, but it will be more than enough to satisfy an intermediate level guitar player and allow novice guitarists access to “post-classical” music. 

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

On The Nature of Daylight is played in a one 1/2 step down tuning. Your guitar will be tuned like this, from low to high: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb. Or, depending on your tuner: D# G# C# F# A# D#.

Arrival: On the Nature of Daylight for classical guitar (Max Richter)

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