The Dark Knight Rises: Why Do We Fall? for guitar (Hans Zimmer)

Posted on 31. Mar, 2015 by in Best of Intellimusica, Hans Zimmer, Premium Tabs

The Dark Knight Rises

After watching Interstellar again, I’m reminded of just how powerful the nexus of Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer really is.The movies and music are inextricably linked.

The Dark Knight Rises was filmed in Pittsburgh (where I’m from) and you could literally go to the city and watch the movie being filmed. I’ve played On Thin Ice from the Dark Knight Rises, but I wanted to revisit the score because, well, I’m just totally geeked out on Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan again.

I chose Why Do We Fall? because it’s more of the central theme from The Dark Knight Rises. At the time, I couldn’t envision it on guitar. However, being a few years removed allowed me to look at from a different angle.

I would encourage you to look at my Hans Zimmer archive, as they’re some of my best guitar tabs. Here’s my favorites from the Christopher Nolan/Hans Zimmer collaboration:

Interstellar: First Step (free tab)

The Dark Knight Rises: On Thin Ice

Man of Steel theme (Nolan produced)

Inception: Time (free tab)

Sorry for the brevity of my recent posts. We just had a baby, and I have to work quick!

(Note: Why Do We Fall? is my premium material.)

How to play Why Do We Fall? by Hans Zimmer for guitar

Why Do We Fall? is a straightforward guitar tab comprised of 3 pages. It’s beautifully written too. I take great pride in the simplicity and clarity of my guitar tablature. The idea is for you to look at the tab, correlate it with what you see in the video, and make it work.

Although, most of Why Do We Fall? is easy to play, there’s a complex bridge part that makes this song better suited for intermediate guitarists, or beginners who want a minor challenge.

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3 Responses to “The Dark Knight Rises: Why Do We Fall? for guitar (Hans Zimmer)”

  1. Thomas

    01. Apr, 2015

    Hey is their anyway you can explain or direct me to a video that explains your arpeggio style in this song?

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    • Evan Handyside

      01. Apr, 2015

      Hi Thomas, great point. I used to strum the chords with my thumb, but I picked up an arpeggiated way of strumming the chords from Gustavo Santaolalla in this post. I did it so much that it became second nature. Here’s how it goes:

      The first chord in the tab is easy. I match up my thumb, first, second, and third fingers to each of the four notes/strings. I then pluck each string individually starting with the thumb. A sort of peel my hand off of the strings.

      If a chord shape has more than four notes, I’ll strung the first couple strings with my thumb, then articulate the final three strings with my fingers.

      However, it’s important to realize that you don’t have to do any of this. You can simply strum with your thumb — and that’s OK. For the first chord you would just play an E minor shape.

      Good luck!
      Evan

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  2. Brandon

    08. Apr, 2015

    I absolutely love this piece, it’s been really fun learning this. And you played it so well I’ve listened to the video on repeat like 5 times now… I’d Really appreciate it if you checked out “Pearl Jam – Just Breathe” on YouTube. I always thought it would sound great on classical guitar, and the finger picking pattern seems like a lot of fun. Consider that my recommendation for one of your transcriptions lol.

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