my heart will go on
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My Heart Will Go On

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I recently heard a super minimal version of My Heart Will Go On played with two cellos. I believe the duo’s name was literally 2CELLOS. It was beautiful and I wanted to create a subtle and minimal guitar version too.

Composer, James Horner, was such a tragic loss to film music. His wiki resume is unreal: Legends of the Fall, Braveheart, Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, Apocalypto, The Perfect Storm, The Devil’s Own, Apollo 13, Glory, and so on.┬áIf you’re around my age (I’m 41 at the moment) James Horner soundtracked many pivotal movies of your adolescence.

To me, Horner specialized in the “Celtic” motif. I love the way his music plays out on guitar. I incorporate little trills to mimic the Celtic whistles.

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Gear used

For My Heart Will Go On, I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar. I’ve used this guitar on my last three posts. I have no idea why it’s resonating with me now. I didn’t even like it that much when I first bought the guitar last year.

The cedar top is a naturally dark and deep sounding wood. At first, I felt it didn’t record well because the low end of the guitar booms. However, I’m starting to accept and even prefer it’s deep resonant tone.

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How to play My Heart Will Go On for classical guitar

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My Heart Will Go On is relatively easy to play. This is a perfect song for beginner and intermediate guitar players.

The guitar tab is beautifully written across two pages. My order of play, in accordance with the guitar tab, goes like this: Intro 1, Intro 2, Verse 2x, To Chorus, Chorus — Intro 1, Verse 2x, To Chorus, Chorus — Intro 1, Intro 2, End.

I loved playing this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. The guitar tab is available below:

My Heart Will Go On is played in standard tuning. [I’m only using a capo in the video because my C7 is permanently set up at one whole step down. Using a capo on the 2nd fret brings my guitar to standard tuning.]

Titanic: My Heart Will Go On (James Horner) for classical guitar

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