The Deer

Written by Carter Burwell, The Deer, is the sentimental theme from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This theme is also known from the score as, My Dear Anne, and Can’t give up Hope. All three themes have a delicate guitar line as well as other instrumentation.

Carter Burwell, is best known for scoring all of the Coen Brothers films.

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Gear used

For The Deer, I used my Cordoba C7 mahogany guitar. You can find a current list of all of my gear here.

How to play The Deer, by Carter Burwell, for guitar

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I like The DeerĀ because (in a musical sense) I always gravitateĀ  towards sentimentality: “the heart” of a film. The Deer has a slow, deep, and woodsy tone to it. The melody and chord scheme is also compelling — as the bass notes trail the 3 note melody.

I love this song for beginner and intermediate guitar players. Specifically, because there’s movement all over the neck. It’s forces you to be agile — without needing to play hyper-fast. All of the chord shapes are relatively easy too.

The guitar tab for The Deer is beautifully written across two pages. You’ll play straight through without repeats.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

The Deer is played one whole step down. Your tuning will look like this, from low to high: D G C F A D.

Three Billboards: The Deer for guitar


Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.