On the Nature of Daylight

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The post-classical genre is a (popular but controversial) genre of contemporary music that combines classical and electronic music. Usually, the music is slower and emotive. The top composers of this genre have found a home for their music in modern film: Max Richter, the late Johann Johannsson, Dustin O’Halloran, and most recently Hildur Guðnadóttir (Joker).

However, from this genre, there is one piece of music that sets the tone of the whole movement – 2004’s On the Nature of Daylight by Max Richter. Achingly beautiful is the only way to describe it. Daylight has been use extensively in modern film (most notably) Arrival and Shutter Island.

I performed this piece on YouTube and my blog way back in 2012. I’m a completely different guitar player now and it was a time for a redo. The original transcription was still pretty solid so I revamped it by about 20%.

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Gear used

For Daylight, I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar guitar. The C7 is a relatively inexpensive guitar that sounds dark and warm. I like it for these slower, more ambient songs. You can find a current list of gear here.

How to play On the Nature of Daylight | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for Daylight beautifully written across 4 pages, and played straight through without repeats. I recommend this song for intermediate guitar players and up. On the Nature of Daylight is a great example of The G Position on guitar.

I hope you enjoy playing this as much as I do. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

On the Nature of Daylight | fingerstyle guitar

For this piece, I tuned my guitar down a whole step (from low to high): D G C F A D. I like the lower tone. However, for the original “tune” of the song, you’d tune down only a 1/2 step.

Lastly feel free to play it standard tune, it still sounds just as good!

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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.