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The Music of the Night

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Although I grew up in a relatively conservative household, my Dad was a massive fan of the arts -- specifically music and poetry. As an early adolescent (in the late 80's) my family belonged to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. I was fortunate to see every Broadway show you can imagine; Cats, Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera.

The Phantom and Les Misérables were my favorites. If you haven't seen it -- Jean Valjean (the protagonist of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables) was amazingly portrayed by Hugh Jackman in the most recent film rendition.

The Music of the Night is the signature song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's, The Phantom of the Opera. It's the one that makes women swoon -- and men wish they were the one portraying the 'stage phantom'.  It's a timeless song.

I actually performed this piece back in 2018 -- but I've redone it as a tighter arrangement. This time, I've stayed in the lower register of the guitar too. The piece has a deeper tone, and it imbues the tender masculinity of The Phantom character. It's fairly easy to play for intermediate guitarists, and the shorter length makes it even more so.

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Gear used

For this piece, I use my Cordoba C7 Cedar guitar. It's a relatively inexpensive guitar that sound deep and warm. You can find a current list of my gear here.

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How to play The Music of the Night | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across only two pages. I qualify this as easy to play and beginner guitar players can definitely give it a shot. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

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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.