The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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I’m a huge Coen Brothers fan. No kidding, I’ve loved every movie. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix) can be seen as the Coen Bros unleashed. That is to say Netflix doesn’t have the same constraints as a Hollywood studio.

My favorite of the 6 stories was ‘Meal Ticket’. A man with no arm and legs — works in servitude to an impresario, reciting impassioned poetry like Ozymandias.

While successful in larger affluent towns, their travelling wagon show reaches remote mountain villages where the audiences are indifferent. Suddenly, the torso man’s job security is in serious jeopardy as they were upstaged by another impresario’s chicken.

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Gear used

For The Book, I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar. It’s as deep and resonant guitar. Perfect for this song. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play The Book, by Carter Burwell

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The opening song, The Book, is actually two guitar parts. One steel string and one classical. I was able to find a position where the two can be played together, note for note, seamlessly.

This song is perfect for beginner guitar players — as all of the chord shapes and fingerstyle are relatively easy to play. The guitar tab is only one page and beautifully written. You’ll play the page twice through.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

The Book is played in a deep tuning. Your tuning is as follows, from low to high: C# F# B  E  G# C#. Or, depending on your tuner: Db Gb B E Ab Db.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: The Book (Carter Burwell)

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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.