The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection | fingerstyle guitar
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John Debney’s 2004 Academy award nominated score for The Passion of the Christ is a masterpiece. The two pivotal pieces in the film are Mary Goes to Jesus and Resurrection. The film and the music are inextricably linked. I can’t even imagine one without the other.

I performed this piece years ago on YouTube (and this blog). As I continue to make advancements in my audio quality — it was time for a redo. As you can see, I’ve made no advancements in lighting! Time to switch my office around so the natural springtime lighting is on my guitar and not my back. [Insert facepalm.]

I’m wishing you a blessed Easter my friend. May the rest of your 2021 be filled with prayer, meditation, and joy.

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Gear used

For this arrangement, I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar. It’s a relatively inexpensive guitar that sounds dark and warm.

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How to play Resurrection | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across two pages. Resurrection is the perfect etude for an intermediate guitar player — as you’ll be playing bar chords most of time.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

If you play with the guitar on your right thigh — it helps to have your left arm in a low position underneath the neck. My guitar is pushed out the middle of my thigh, and I’m hunched over. This keeps my head close to the guitar, about 12 inches away. Having your head close to the guitar is a good cue that sets up your positioning.

The TAB is played straight through without repeats.

The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection | fingerstyle guitar

My guitar is tuned one whole step down, from low to high: D G C F A D. You can just as easily play this in standard tuning as well: E A D G B E.

Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.