Jeff Russo

My first experience with Jeff Russo’s work was his melodic Fargo theme from the award winning FX series. His theme for HBO’s The Night Of is just as compelling, with an edge to it like Bernard Herrmann’s Hitchcock themes. 

Although I’m playing what could be characterized as the End Credits theme, more specifically it’s the ‘Main Title Extended: Piano and Orchestra’  from The Night Of soundtrack

Behold, recording guitar in mono

After some forced research — due to the fact that my Facebook videos uploads sound like a phaser pedal has been applied to my guitar — I realized that I need to record my solo acoustic guitar tracks in mono, rather than stereo. 

The results are amazing. The Night Of and last week’s, Snow (Gustavo Santaolalla) are the two best sounding uploads I’ve ever created. It only took me 5 years to figure this out.

I’ll have more on my sound process and workflow in a separate post.

Composer, Jeff Russo

Jeff Russo is also the guitar player for the 90’s band, Tonic. If you don’t remember them, their hit song was, If You Could Only See (the way she loves me…). For those in the know, sorry for that earworm!

Jeff is a very nice guy too. I took a shot and reached out to him on Facebook with a question regarding a project I’m involved with — and he got back to me straight away with an elaborate answer that was immensely helpful.

Jeff Russo’s website is a portfolio of his work and projects. However, I recommend his facebook page, if you want to gain insight on the process of a high-level film composer. There’s videos of his elaborate studio, interviews, etc.

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How to play The Night Of for classical guitar

The Night Of theme turned out really well for guitar. Behind the orchestration, there’s a core, sparse theme that was easy to extract into guitar arrangement.

The guitar tab for The Night Of is three pages long, and played straight through — taking care to repeat the necessary sections within the |:   :| symbol.

Enjoy the guitar tab is available below:

The Night Of is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 2nd fret:

The Night Of: theme for classical guitar

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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.