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The Godfather

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I'm currently 45, and just finally watched The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. If you're a young person and haven't seen these films, you must prioritize them straight away. They're total perfection in script, cinematography, and acting. You'll be glued to the screen -- only occasionally opening your phone to IMDb what you're seeing.

[Pro tip: if you watch on Amazon Prime -- simply pausing the film on any given scene will bring up the actor's names at the bottom of your screen.]

While it's consensus that Part II is an even better film, I'm still fixated on the 1st installment. The arc of Michael Corleone -- a doe-eyed WWII hero -- into the heir of "Godfather", is incredible to watch. Al Pacino's eyes slowly dim and his voice deepens throughout the film. This culminates in the final "baptism scene" where his soul is completely iced over. Again, most of his acting is done with his glare. I've never seen anything like it.

Part II's most compelling story line is the fleshing out of Vito Corleone -- played to perfection by a young Robert De Niro. Even Marlon Brando's (older) Vito is kind of a good guy. He has prudence, and generally wants to do right by the people in his orbit. As we see with the young Vito -- the role of "Godfather" was given to him by circumstance. He only became brutal to overcome the brutality of others.

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For this piece, I used my Cordoba C7 guitar. Additionally, I recorded using my new X/Y mic from Zoom. You can find an updated list of my gear here.

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How to play The Godfather (Love Theme) | fingerstyle guitar

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I recommend this arrangement for intermediate guitar players and up. My version is extremely doable for the occasional and sporadic guitar player. In fact, it's a great way to get into something that sounds sophisticated -- but is really not that difficult to play. I hope you enjoy playing this as much as I do!

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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.