Until the Heart Whispers Back - Evan Handyside (ambient, contemporary guitar)
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Until the Heart Whispers Back

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I wrote this song for my wife Jennifer. She’s the sole reason why I’m a father, and play guitar for a living. As it happens, music is my best currency – and nothing cements my feelings for eternity like a song. This couldn’t wait till Mother’s Day.

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

― Plato

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How to play, Until the Heart Whispers Back, by Evan Handyside

I wrote this piece in a matter of minutes. I start with a concept — actually a rule — then let my mind work under that constraint. In the case of, Until the Heart Whispers Back, the constraint was 3 chord shapes (G, Bm, A) played continuously. I only changed the melody underneath them.

I like this concept because it’s what some of the most famous composers in the world do e.g. Max Richter, Hans Zimmer, etc. They keep it the rhythm progression super simple, and only play with the melody.

My phrasing is all Brokeback Mountain-era Gustavo Santaolalla — which I believe to be the most achingly beautiful soundtrack of all time.

The guitar tab is beautifully written across two pages. My order of play looks like this in accordance with the guitar tab: Verse, Chorus, Verse Chorus, Verse.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Until the Heart Whispers Back is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 2nd fret.

Until the Heart Whispers Back – Evan Handyside (ambient, contemporary guitar)