Sam Smith

Like Adele’s Skyfall, and Chris Cornell’s You Know My Name — Sam Smith’s, Writing’s On the Wall will go down as one of the better Bond themes. The love-song ballad, is a perfect contrast to the muscularity of a Bond film.

The vibe of Writing’s On the Wall reminds me of the Roger Moore era Bond songs: Nobody Does it Better, All Time High, and For Your Eyes Only. A love song, that doubles as a Bond theme. There’s a strange campiness to the whole thing — but it’s the culture of Bond theme music.

One of my long time students and friend, bought the Omega Spectre watch. One of the perks of buying the watch was being invited to an early private screening of Spectre. He took me along as his guest, and it was a cool experience. If you haven’t seen Spectre yet — it’s more in line with Quantum of Solace.

Having seen Quantum of Solace a dozen times since its release in 2008, I’ve grown to love that movie. However, like Solace, Spectre is a longer and slower paced Bond film. Be prepared, it’s 2 1/2 hours long WITHOUT previews.

The distinct difference with Casino Royale and Skyfall is that those movies have much tighter pacing and scripts. Which is probably why they’re everybody’s favorites.

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I now have a James Bond archive of my arrangements. My absolute favorite Bond theme is You Know My Name by Chris Cornell — and I’ve also done Adele’s Skyfall too.

If you’re a Sam Smith fan, I covered his Latch (acoustic) for classical guitar. I love this arrangment, and I think you will too. Sam Smith has some pretty extraordinary vocal phrasing on the song, and it translated well to guitar. 

(Note: Writing’s on the Wall is my premium material.)

How to play Writings On the Wall for classical guitar

The guitar tab for Writing’s On the Wall is only two pages long. Remarkable, considering the complexity of the tune. My order of play looks like this: Intro, Verse 2x, Pre Chorus, Verse 2x, Pre Chorus, Chorus, Post Chorus — Intro (2nd half) Verse 2x, Pre Chorus, Chorus, Post Chorus, Outro.

Writings On the Wall is played in standard tuning with a capo on the first fret. The guitar tab is written relative to the capo, so the fret immediately following the capo is considered the first fret. You could just as easily play this without a capo.

The guitar tab is available below:

*Writing’s On the Wall 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.