The Motorcycle Diaries: How to Play — Apertura (Gustavo Santaolalla)

Posted on 07. Aug, 2012 by in Best of Intellimusica, Film Score, Gustavo Santaolalla, Premium Tabs

Comprised from a collection of  instruments and guitars, Apertura serves as a powerful opening to The Motorcycle Diaries. This post is an all-in-one arrangement for solo guitar of Gustavo Santaolalla’s classic song.

I use my middle finger to “swipe” the high notes in the beginning (and middle parts) of the song. You could however, use two fingers to pluck the strings here — whatever is most comfortable for you.

Although there’s an exotic strumming technique underneath the electric guitar part, it was well beyond my abilities to get it, so I just used a pick!

I hope you enjoy this one. The strumming is a little weird at times so I indicated what I’m doing with D(own) and U(p) marks underneath the guitar tab.

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20 Responses to “The Motorcycle Diaries: How to Play — Apertura (Gustavo Santaolalla)”

  1. alan

    09. Aug, 2012

    just like to say how good this song and your website is.i have been very busy lately but cant wait to get my guitar out and learn your songs especially santaolalla.keep up the good work its much appreciated

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  2. Steve

    05. Sep, 2012

    Wow Evan – thanks very much. I’m making an amatuer album for friends and family and hoping to put this and Zambita on there. Thanks for your work here – your playing is fantastic

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    • Evan Handyside

      06. Sep, 2012

      Thanks for commenting Steve. I’d love to hear more about your album too. That’s a great idea! Are you just performing your favorite songs?

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  3. Name

    12. Sep, 2012

    Hola podria por favor enviarmé la tab guitarpro de apertura?
    Tocas muy bien this song!

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  4. Pali

    14. Sep, 2012

    REspect for this homepage! And thank you very much for the tab!
    Keep it doing!

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  5. Name Yaëlle

    28. Sep, 2012

    That’s incredible. I’d like to play the guitar like that… Perfect cover. So, where’s the tab? Pleaaaase.

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  6. Kushal Shah

    02. Oct, 2012

    Unbelievable … after long time this movie was in my pending list…and I watched to find that I want to learn the guitar tabs for the tune which is in the beginning of movie…and luckily you posted this last month itself!!! Thanks Evan!!

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  7. Vladimir

    02. Oct, 2012

    Perfect! I should try to play this music. please, if you can, give me some advice where to start, how to do it. thanks in advance))

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  8. […] Rather than the all encompassing interpretations I normally do — this can be considered an instrumental version of the original Django theme.  I was eager to use my Dolce guitar to capture Luis Bacalov’s very deliberate sounding major and minor bar chords.  This is also the first time I’ve used a guitar pick on this blog since Apertura! […]

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  9. angy

    20. Jul, 2013

    Still cant find the pdf, isn’t it free?

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  10. Ivan

    09. Jan, 2015

    Evan, I’m sorry, are these tabs complete? It seems like your play goes beyond the tabs, isn’t it? Thank you

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    • Evan Handyside

      11. Jan, 2015

      Hi Ivan, thank you for the message. I looked at the tabs and they were unacceptable by my standards. My clarity in writing guitar tab is usually much better than that. I must have been tired or temporarily insane when I wrote the Apertura guitar tab.

      Anyway, I appreciate your message alerting to me to this, and I completely rewrote the guitar tab as of 1/11/15. Have a look and let me know if you have any questions.


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  11. slinkiin

    08. Mar, 2015

    there is a song that I would love you to put in your website is called pajaros by Gustavo Santaolalla

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