Nebraska: How to Play — Their Pie by Mark Orton

Posted on 07. Jan, 2014 by in Best of Intellimusica, Film Score, Method, Premium Tabs

Nebraska

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up, sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains — if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”
– Richard M. Nixon

I am fascinated with people who find their ultimate success later in life. In a way, stories like these provide the rest of us (who are slogging along) with hope and inspiration.

Consider Nebraska’s plot line:

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.

With regard to his movies like: About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, and now Nebraska — Alexander Payne’s characters clumsily, and often hilariously navigate life to eventually find the light at the end of tunnel.

Bruce Dern is 77, and could quite possibly win his first Academy Award just this year. As mentioned in my last post, Will Forte left SNL 3 years ago with no plan, and landed one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood at 43.

Sometimes it does feel as though you’re plodding along, taking 3 steps forward and 2 steps back. (Although, Lack of gratitude for where you are — as opposed to where you came from — usually accounts for the “stuck” feeling.) The stories in and around Alexander Payne’s Nebraska are very inspirational — especially for creators looking to claim their ultimate fortune.

In the case of Intellimusica, I  had very slow growth for about 2 years — then my guitar version of Gustavo Santaolalla’s The Last of Us took off a year and a half after I first posted it.  That put my blog ‘on the map’ so to speak, and to this day, that single post still accounts for 80% of my traffic.

If you’re an artist, musician, or creator like me — you will find the light at the end of tunnel. It may not happen in 2 weeks, 2 months, or even 2 years. However, it will only happen if you infinitely stay the course.

(Note: Their Pie is my premium material. Please comment to let me know what you think, or if you have any questions.)

How to play Their Pie, the theme from Alexander Payne’s Nebraska 

For the first time, I’m actually playing a steel string guitar on Intellimusica. Sacrilege! Sell out!

This is actually my teaching guitar, a Taylor GS mini (Mahogany). I’m a house-call teacher and it’s impractical to carry around an electric guitar to lessons. Carrying a full size acoustic was a total pain too. After researching and playing a few guitars, The GS Mini was far and way the best steel string acoustic I’ve ever played.

Other than being extremely comfortable, the GS Mini plays like a full size acoustic. As you can tell from the video, it sounds amazing too. I use light gauge Elixir Polyweb strings. For all of my gear, and gear recommendations, click here.

This is an all-in-one arrangement of Mark Orton’s Their Pie. The tab is very easy to read and I’ve indicated the strumming by a (…) following each chord. My strumming for each chord is: down, down, up. 

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5 Responses to “Nebraska: How to Play — Their Pie by Mark Orton”

  1. Matt

    07. Jan, 2014

    Woah, seems odd to see you with the Taylor! Great job as usual!

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  2. alice

    16. Mar, 2014

    Okay, so is there any tab for left handed too? :)

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  3. jim graham

    08. Mar, 2015

    I’ve owned several guitars and the GS mahogany is my favorite to date and is sounding better as it ages. Just saw the movie ‘Nebraska’ and was enthralled with ‘Their Pie’ which I saw in the credits. We’ve played Irish for years and I’ve sent this along to our group. Interesting rendition, Thanks!

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