The First I Love You

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At the time of this writing (July 3rd) Stranger Things Season 3 has not yet been released on Netflix. However, the soundtrack was released — and it’s the typical 80’s synth excellence we’ve come to expect from composers, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein.

The First I Love You is the track that resonated with me the most. I’m a sucker for a consistent melody over a straight up bass line.

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Gear used

I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar for this song. It’s a dark sounding guitar, that I keep strung with higher tension strings for low and alternate tunings. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play The First I Love You | fingerstyle guitar

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If you’ve been following this blog at any point in the last 10 years, you know that I’m singularly obsessed with composer Gustavo Santaolalla’s ethos and minimalist guitar approach.

When I begin an arrangement for guitar — I always put it through the prism of (what I believe) Gustavo Santaolalla would do: pick the low hanging fruit and play soft and simple. Feel every nuance resonating through the guitar.

I took what Santaolalla did in Brokeback Mountain 1, and just applied it to this song. I love the way the piece turned out. It just flows.

The guitar tab for The First I Love You is beautifully written across on page. It’s a great piece for beginner and intermediate guitar players. In accordance with the guitar tab, my order of play looks like this:

Intro 2x, Verse (latter half 3x) — Intro 2x, Verse (latter half 3x).

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

The First I Love You is played two whole steps down. My tuning is: C F A# D# G C. However, you could just as easily play it in standard tuning, or only slightly lower. It’s about the melody. Who cares about the tuning?

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