The Handmaid's Tale: Their First Time | fingerstyle guitar
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Their First Time

Their First Time, by composer Adam Taylor, is the standout piece from the Hulu original series, The Handmaid's Tale. I love the simplicity and repetition of this motif. My hope is to pair back my own songwriting to something this sparse and minimalist. At a certain point, I believe we become bound by our expertise in any domain. The trick, is to see the instrument with the wide-eyed lens of a novice, and to pick the low-hanging fruit.

How to play Their First Time | fingerstyle guitar

The guitar tab for this motif is beautifully written across two pages. It's essentially one long passage with a short repeated section in the middle. This arrangement is perfect for my 2 Minute Classical Guitar archive. I especially like it for beginner and novice guitar players. This is an obvious étude:

"a short musical composition, typically for one instrument, designed as an exercise to improve the technique or demonstrate the skill of the player."

While there are no difficult chord shapes -- you'll be (briefly) stretched out and forced into agile trills. This is a perfect piece to enhance your playing on longer and more difficult arrangements.

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.