The Imitation Game: theme for guitar (Alexandre Desplat)

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Best of Intellimusica, Easy to Play, Premium Tabs

Alexandre Desplat

The Imitation Game is an interesting story in world history, and one that has implications for millions of people living today.

In a nutshell, the brilliant Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a British mathematician, mathematical biologist, a pioneering computer scientist, and a philosophical thinker on the subject of man, machine, and artificial intelligence. In that sense he was also a futurist.

Alan Turing and his team broke the Nazi’s venerable ‘Ultra’ Code that was used within their Enigma Machines: an electromagnetic device for encoding or decoding secret messages and communications. Turing’s work was a continuation of previous work done by Polish Enigma code-breakers from 1932-1939.

Winston Churchill stated that Alan Turing made the single biggest contribution to Allied victory in the war against Nazi Germany. Turing biographerDr Andrew Hodges, has said that once the Enigma machine codes were broken, it was like having a daily newspaper – full of detailed information on the activities of Nazi U-boats.

It is speculated by historians, that the breaking of the Enigma code shortened WWII by a minimum of two years, but more likely four years. In that sense, Turing’s work is responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of lives. By proxy, many of us may not be here today had the war lasted longer.

If you’re a young person, consider writing an essay on Alan Turing for a school writing project. The totality of his story is even more fascinating than the notes above.

(Note: The Imitation Game is my premium content)

How to play The Imitation Game  for classical guitar (Alexandre Desplat)

I am a huge fan of composer Alexandre Desplat, and you can find more of a my arrangements of his material here. My favorite was Godzilla, that is until I heard The Imitation Game.

For what may seem like complicated song, I consider The Imitation Game easy to play. As a guitar teacher, bar chords and other physically difficult chord shapes are the biggest impediment to a beginner or intermediate guitarist. The Imitation Game has no difficult chords shapes to speak of.

Rather than a note for note replica, this is a re-imagining for classical guitar. I think it turned out great, and The Imitation Game is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever done on Intellimusica. The guitar tab is two pages long and clearly written. I play the beginning of page two as the outro.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

The Imitation Game is played in standard tuning with a capo on the first fret. 

Alexandre Desplat’s, The Imitation Game for classical guitar

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