Marion’s Theme

Marion’s Theme, from Raiders of the Lost Ark, is one of composer John Williams’ most classic love themes. I think it’s second only to Williams’ Han and Leia from Star Wars. You can check out that arrangement here.

The score for Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the subsequent Indiana Jones movies, is one of my childhood favorites. The nexus of John Williams and Steven Spielberg created truly everlasting music.

I created a Modern Classic category to archive my guitar arrangements like these and others. In there you’ll also find music from: Legends of the Fall, A River Runs Through It, Glory, Gladiator, Dances With Wolves, and more.

Gear Used

For Marion’s Theme I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. This is my best and most even sounding guitar. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve realized that this is the one I use in most of my videos.

Nylon string guitars can have finicky tuning and intonation issues. Not so with the GK Studio, it’s pretty much flawless every time. I only use another guitar when I’m forced to do so because of a weird tuning, etc.

My strings are Savarez Red Card. I play with my finger-tips (not nails) so the rectified nylon on the treble strings gives me a very secure feeling, bright tone. You can find a list of all of my gear here.

How to play Marion’s Theme for classical guitar

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I tried to keep Marion’s Theme as simple as possible. This is not an exact interpretation, but a new arrangement I developed. I wanted to play the main melody far more often than is played in the original — so I took cues from the original — but ultimately created my own unique arrangement.

For as complicated as it may look, the tab is simple and short; only two pages long. You’ll play the guitar tab straight through without repeats, then (as instructed in the guitar tab) you’ll repeat section #1 found in the [brackets]. The you’ll play the End section found at the bottom of page two.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Marion’s Theme is played one half step down (although it’s really not necessary). Your tuning is as follows from low to high: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb.

Marion’s Theme for classical guitar

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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.