the passion of the christ

Mary Goes to Jesus

Mary Goes to Jesus is the most solemn and beautiful piece of music from The Passion of the Christ. It is also from the most poignant scene:

The Apostle John, takes Mary to a better vantage point to possibly see, touch, and speak with Jesus as he carries the 165lb cross through Jerusalem. Mary runs to a stumbled Jesus, where he says to her, “See, mother, I make all things new.” It’s heart wrenching.

John Debney’s score was nominated for an academy award in 2004.

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Gear used

For Mary Goes to Jesus, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. My recording setup is a Zoom Q8 camera with a Zoom SSH-6 microphone. You can find a list of my current gear here.

How to play Mary Goes to Jesus for classical guitar

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To date, I believe this guitar arrangement is my finest work. I always strive for elegance — and I achieved the perfect crossroads of simplicity and grace with Mary Goes to Jesus. It’s a beautiful piece of music, and I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I do.

The guitar tab is two pages long and played straight through without repeats. I would characterize Mary Goes to Jesus as perfect for beginner and intermediate guitar players. All of the chord shapes are relatively easy to play.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Mary Goes to Jesus is played in an open E Minor style tuning — with a capo on the second fret. You’ll tune your guitar like this, from low to high: D# A# D# F# A# D#. Or, depending on your tuner, it will look like this: Eb Bb Eb Gb Bb Eb. Then you’ll put a capo on the 2nd fret.

*You’ll be tuning your 4th and 5th strings up, rather than down. Please use caution when doing this as strings could break.

Another way to achieve this tuning (without tuning up) is like this, from low to high: D A D F A D. Then you’d place a capo on the 3rd fret instead.

Mary Goes to Jesus 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.