Mark Knopfler: The Princess Bride | fingerstyle guitar
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The Princess Bride

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The Princess Bride (1987) is a fantasy adventure comedy directed by Rob Reiner.  It was adapted from the 1973 novel of the same name, and tells the story of Westly — who must rescue his true love, Princess Buttercup, from the odious Prince Humperdinck. The film was first released in September 1987. Over time The Princess Bride has become a cult classic.

This song is titled, Once Upon a Time…Storybook Love, by the all time great, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). Admittedly this is my own arrangement. The original piece is orchestration with Knopfler’s solo acoustic guitar complementing throughout. With this arrangement I combined all the elements into a singular, fingerstyle guitar piece.

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Gear used

This is a beautiful guitar that I borrowed from a friend. It’s a Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce purchased from Empire Music here in Pittsburgh.  (Not an affiliate link. Those guys are just my buddies.) You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play, The Princess Bride by Mark Knopfler | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across 4 pages. I recommend it for experienced guitar players and up. It’s more difficult than it looks. Happy playing! The guitar tab is available below:

This piece is played straight through without repeats. I’ve given you the names of the chord shapes above the guitar tab to help you play more efficiently (and learn your chord shapes).

Mark Knopfler: The Princess Bride | fingerstyle guitar

In a few instances, I literally wrote the word thumb where you should fret the chord shape with your left-hand thumb. That’s all on page 3. The shapes are:

D/F#

D7/F#

and G

Enjoy, this song if played in standard tuning.

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