The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a 2018 adventure-comedy film directed and written by Terry Gilliam. The movie is thought to be one of the most infamous examples of development hell in film history, with Gilliam unsuccessfully attempting to make the film many times over the span of 29 years.

Even as I type this, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is in litigation with Gilliam’s former production company claiming rights to the movie.

The music is by composer Roque Banos, and it features world-class Spanish guitar. The score itself is perfectly spirited for the story of Don Quixote. My favorite track is the guitar line in, The Shoe Maker.

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I still feel like Roque Banos is vastly underrated as a composer. Here’s a couple of my most favorite Banos arrangements:

Risen (closing theme) for guitar

In the Heart of the Sea: White Whale Chant for guitar

Gear Used

For The Shoe Maker, I used my Cordoba Gk Studio guitar. You can find a list of my current gear here.

How to play The Shoe Maker for classical guitar

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I would characterize The Shoe Maker as slightly advanced — and best for intermediate guitar players and up. It may look easy from the video, but there are some stretched out chord shapes, including one where I use my left hand thumb to fret the bass note at 0:35 of the video.

I LOVE this piece. The guitar tab is only one page long, and is comprised of a single long passage played twice through. I consider The Show Maker an é·tude: a short musical composition, typically for one instrument, designed as an exercise to improve the technique or demonstrate the skill of the player.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

The Shoe Maker is played in standard tuning.

The Shoe Maker for classical guitar


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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.