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The Hunger Games (opening titles) — James Newton Howard

Played in standard tuning, The Hunger Games opening titles (by James Newton Howard) is an excellent song for beginner guitar players and fans of The Hunger Games alike.  If you’d like something a bit more challenging, try Rue’s Farewell. Have fun, the tab is available below: […]

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Arrival

On the Nature of Daylight (Max Richter) for guitar + TAB

Update 11/13/16: On the Nature of Daylight is used as the opening and closing theme of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller Arrival. This was one of my very first posts from 2012, and my blog has come a long way since then! Even still, I rewrote and […]

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The Vow: How to play — Wedding Vows (for guitar)

Wedding Vows by Rachel Portman and Michael Brook is a beautiful little song from The Vow original score. Wedding Vow’s step and rest feel almost perfectly matches the cadence of a bride walking down the aisle, and I have no doubt that it will become […]

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Drive (2011): A Real Hero | fingerstyle guitar

Cliff Martinez’s largely ambient score for Drive is slickly punctuated with several retro 80’s inspired songs from Kavinsky, Desire, and College (feat. Electric Youth). While adding to the highly stylized aura of the film, this approach also made certain scenes really “pop” in the otherwise […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: How to Play — The Last of Us

(Note: This post is well over a year old, but is only gaining traction now, with the release of The Last Of Us. If you’re new to my blog, you can check out more of Santaolalla’s work here. Please consider ‘liking’ or sharing this post. […]

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How to play: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (for guitar) — Alexandre Desplat

Whether its the loss of my own father when I was 14, or that I have experienced the challenges (and ultimately the joys) of teaching children with autism/Asperger’s — I can hardly make it through the  trailer for Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close without being […]

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Greensleeves | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

[Updated December 2016] Greensleeves: a brief history Believed to be composed in the late 16th/early 17th century, ‘Greensleeves’ never began it’s many incarnations as a Christmas song. It was only until William Chatterton Dix wrote the carol What Child is This (set to the Greensleeves tune) […]

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Moneyball: How to play It’s a Process (for guitar) — Mychael Danna

If the word “eustress” could be explained in music — the score for Moneyball would define it. Using sparse piano melodys underscored by buzzing violins, prolific film composer Mychael Danna invokes equal parts: self-doubt and perseverance. What interested me was ‘It’s a Process’ — a motif used […]

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Brokeback Mountain

Gustavo Santaolalla: Riding Horses (Brokeback Mountain) + TAB

[Updated for 2017] Next to the Brokeback Mountain Suite, Riding Horses is my favorite selection from Gustavo Santaolalla’s iconic, Academy Award winning score for Brokeback Mountain. This music is literally the whole reason for my guitar style, this blog, musical philosophy, etc. It’s not just […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Lima (The Motorcycle Diaries) + TAB

[Updated: August 2017] Lima Lima is one of my favorite tracks from Gustavo Santaolalla’s The Motorcycle Diaries soundtrack. Rather than (his usual) simple playing approach, Lima really displays Santaolalla’s guitar prowess. I had an opportunity to see Gustavo Santaolalla play live in Pittsburgh with his band Bajofondo. […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Lait (Biutiful) for guitar + TAB

[Updated September 2017] Biutiful Biutiful stars Javier Bardem and is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman). Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. Uxbal (Bardem) is a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, guilt, and mortality amidst the […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Leyendo en el Hospital (The Motorcycle Diaries) + TAB

[Updated post and tab: May 2017] The Motorcycle Diaries The Motorcycle Diaries is considered to be one of Gustavo Santaolalla’s greatest film scores. Film synopsis (edited from the official Focus Features site): The Motorcycle Diaries, depicts the rich, complex human and social landscape of early […]

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