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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, and Dustin O’Halloran.

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.

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

On the Nature of Daylight is a great example of The G Position on guitar.

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.