To the Stars

As of this writing, To the Stars, is the first released song from Brad Pitt’s deep space epic, Ad Astra. I think about Pitt’s career often. His IMDb page is ridiculously good. From early in the 90’s his roles where carefully chosen (and he was never overexposed.) Plan B, Pitt’s production company, routinely creates Oscar contenders and winners.

From the outside, Brad Pitt seems iconically cool, casual, and whimsical. However, a closer look reveals an extraordinarily serious artist — and a highly disciplined celebrity, e.g., no social media.

The brilliance of Max Richter is in the melodic chord progression. Meaning, the base chord progression is also the principle melody. With such a strong foundation, Richter writes no other parts — other than a few tiny melodies that sit on top of the progression. 

While this is not always Max Richter’s tack, deep space calls for music that is voluminous. Giant looming chords create the depth of space — while tiny melodies are the small shooting objects though the cosmos. 

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How to play To The Stars | fingerstyle guitar

This song is relatively easy to play, and the guitar tab is beautifully written across two pages. You’ll essentially play one long passage (twice) within the repeat brackets.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

To the Stars is played in a double drop-D tuning: D A D G B D. Never mind my capo position (or using a capo). I have this guitar set in a lower tuning.

Ad Astra: To the Stars (Max Richter) fingerstyle guitar