Tag: Americana

The Star Spangled Banner | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

The Star Spangled Banner The Star Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from a poem written on September 14, 1814, by a then 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key. He wrote the piece after […]

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1 Minute Fingerstyle Guitar: Tim & The Bears (Richard Thompson) + TAB

Tim & The Bears I’ve always loved this piece by the legendary British folk guitarist, Richard Thompson. Tim & The Bears is from Werner Herzog’s quirky documentary, Grizzly Man. The film is about Timothy Treadwell, a nature enthusiast who lived with Alaskan Grizzlies for 13 seasons […]

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The Holdovers: Silver Joy (Damien Jurado) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Silver Joy Silver Joy was a perfect choice for The Holdovers. This song was used through the film as a motif. The simple E minor to F progression has a tenderness to it, without being too overly sentimental. When I heard the “Cat Stevens-like” tune […]

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The Holdovers: Into the Unknown / Drive to Boston | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Into the Unknown Into the Unknown is a quirky Americana piece by multi-instrumentalist composer, Mark Orton. This piece is played at the end of Alexander Payne’s film The Holdovers (starring Paul Giamatti). Mark Orton is most famous for composing ‘Their Pie’ the theme to Payne’s […]

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Wedding | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Killers of the Flower Moon Directed by Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon is set in the heart of 1920s Oklahoma, where the Osage Nation, having discovered vast oil reserves beneath their tribal lands, finds themselves thrust into immense wealth. Their newfound prosperity comes […]

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Deadwood (HBO): theme for guitar

Deadwood Theme | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Deadwood Deadwood was an American Western HBO series (2004-2006) set in Deadwood South Dakota. The series starred Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane — whose acting reached a zenith with Deadwood. His performance is amazing. I dig the main title theme and I wanted to flesh […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Amor y Paz | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Amor y Paz On March 24th (2020), at the beginning of the pandemic, Gustavo Santaolalla posted this short piece to his Instagram and YouTube channel. So far as I can tell, he’s calling it Amor y Paz (Love & Peace). It was a musical offering […]

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Ruelle: I Get To Love You | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

I Get to Love You As I write this post, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Harrisburg PA on New Years Eve. I’ll be performing ‘I Get to Love You’ as a bride processional this evening for my wife’s cousin’s wedding. I guess that […]

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Cowboys & Aliens | guitar medley

Cowboys & Aliens | guitar medley + TAB

Cowboys & Aliens Cowboys & Aliens is a 2011 American space Western film directed by Jon Favreau. It stars Daniel Craig, Oliva Wilde, and Harrison Ford. The film is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name. The plot revolves around an amnesiac […]

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Gustavo Santaolalla: Brokeback Mountain Suite | fingerstyle guitar

Gustavo Santaolalla: Brokeback Mountain Suite | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Brokeback Mountain Suite About 10 years ago, Gustavo Santaolalla performed the Brokeback Mountain Suite for the Latin program, Encuentro en el Estudio. To date, it’s his best performance of the Brokeback Mountain score (and I’ve watched them all). The guitar tone is gorgeous. You’ll notice […]

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Hurt | fingerstyle guitar

Johnny Cash: Hurt | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Hurt Hurt was originally written and performed by Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor). It was actually a pivotal NIN song long before the seminal Johnny Cash cover. [The dissonant note in my intro is an ode to the NIN original.] In a similar but reverse […]

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Chris Isaak's Wicked Game | fingerstyle guitar

Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Wicked Game For my money, the two greatest unrequited love songs are: U2’s With or Without You, and Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game. The former can prompt one to hold a lighter in the air and bellow “…and you give yourself a-way-a”. The latter makes (me) […]

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