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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: All Life Has Meaning | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

All Life Has Meaning Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was an excellent send off for the Guardians crew. The movie was actually pretty violent, both graphically and thematically. My son is 8 at the time of this writing, and Guardians 3 pressed his (and […]

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Unchained Melody | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Unchained Melody Unchained Melody is nearly 70 years old. It was initially written (by Alex North and Hy Zaret) as a theme for a prison film entitled, Unchained (1955).  The song was popularized by The Righteous Brothers a decade later in 1965. My favorite is […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Amor y Paz | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Amor y Paz On March 24th (2020), at the beginning of the pandemic, Gustavo Santaolalla posted this short piece to his Instagram and YouTube channel. So far as I can tell, he’s calling it Amor y Paz (Love & Peace). It was a musical offering […]

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The Ecstasy of Gold | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Ecstasy of Gold The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is the best of Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy starring Clint Eastwood. The film is considered the definitive Spaghetti Western — with it’s use of long shots and close-up cinematography. Even though it’s the last […]

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Indiana Jones: Marion’s Theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Marion’s Theme The score for Raiders of the Lost Ark (and the subsequent Indiana Jones movies) is one of my childhood favorites. The collaboration of John Williams and Steven Spielberg created truly everlasting music. ‘Marion’s Theme’ from Raiders of the Lost Ark, is one of […]

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The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Resurrection The Passion of the Christ is one of the greatest films of all time. If you’re a believer, it serves as a cinematic Stations of the Cross; an experiential work of pure art. In it’s wake, all faith-based film making seems tepid by comparison. […]

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Little Women (2019): Laurie and Jo on the Hill | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Laurie and Jo on the Hill I’m always on the hunt for good content. More than a few of my guitar students recommended the film, Little Women. I was really exited to see that Alexandre Desplat was the film’s composer. The piece, Laurie and Jo […]

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Wake Me Up When September Ends (Jonathan’s Version) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Wake Me Up When September Ends (Jonathan’s Version) I couldn’t stand Green Day. I respected the band as musicians and songwriters, but as a guitar teacher, they’ve been the bane of my existence for 30 years. A constant deluge of ever changing power chord riffs […]

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The Mandalorian | fingerstyle guitar

The Mandalorian | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Mandalorian Set in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows a bounty hunter beyond the reaches of the New Republic. It’s filmed as “a Western” and it’s the best Star Wars […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Haven (The Last of Us HBO) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Haven Haven is a little gem by Gustavo Santaolalla. It’s from HBO’s The Last of Us. I have no idea which (if any) episode this song was used in — but it did make the soundtrack, and it’s a beautiful composition. Haven is actually played […]

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Depeche Mode: Never Let Me Down Again | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Never Let Me Down Again Never Let Me Down Again, is a song by the English band Depeche Mode, who were pioneers of electronic and “alternative” music in the 1980’s. This song is from their 6th album, Music for the Masses (1987) My arrangement is directly […]

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Lana Del Rey: Video Games | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Video Games I’ve always loved the song, Video Games by Lana Del Rey. With her usual deft lyricism and poetry — Lana sings about the relationship she has versus the relationship she fantasizes. It’s all stylized with her signature ‘longing in California’ vibe. Composer Ramin […]

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