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Update 1/31/2023. The Last of Us (HBO) used this piece to great effect in Ep. 3 during "Frank and Bill's last day". If you're a fan of the series, it was a beautiful and heart-wrenching moment.

On the Nature of Daylight

Free download of this performance on SoundCloud.

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 used extensively in modern film (most notably) Arrival, Shutter Island, and The Last of Us (HBO).

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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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(This is music that I’ve played and intend to play on Intellimusica. It flows beautifully — and additionally works as music for focus, meditation, and relaxation.)

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:

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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.