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The Whale

Free audio download of this performance on SoundCloud.

The Whale is a film directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Brendan Fraser as a reclusive English teacher, who tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.

Brendan Fraser is easy to like. His career is in a renaissance — as he’s reinvented himself into a serious actor. His performance in The Whale is something to behold. Rob Simonsen’s score is monumental and incredibly dramatic given the small setting of the film. My favorite is the final piece, Safe Return.

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Gear Used

For Safe Return, I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar guitar. You can find a current list of my gear here.

Spotify and streaming

You can find my personal music on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music, and all streaming services:

Evan on Spotify

Evan on Apple

The Intellimusica Spotify Playlist: Ethereal & Cinematic Music
(this is music that I’ve played on Intellimusica. It flows beautifully, and works as music for focus, meditation, and relaxation.)

How to play Safe Return | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this arrangement is beautifully written across 2 pages. While better suited to intermediate guitar players — there are no difficult chord shapes and beginners can give it a shot.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

This piece is essentially one long passage played once. No repeats. Just follow the guitar tab straight through.

The Whale: Safe Return | fingerstyle guitar

This arrangement is tuned a 1/2 step down. You could just as easily play it standard tuning. It will sound just fine.

Written by:

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