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Victory continues a writing experiment that began with my song On Hallowed Ground: sports themed music in the vein of Friday Night Lights and Moneyball. My music, of course, sounds nothing like these film scores, but I used them as a queue for how I would approach music in a sports documentary or biopic.

On Hallowed Ground can be considered a suite, from which I draw ideas for other movements. Victory is a drastically up tempo version of the original theme from On Hallowed ground.

My imaginary sports team, at this point, is taking the field and dominating with a fierce attitude.

The uptempo feel is directly inspired from Gustavo Santaolalla’s ‘Making a Murderer’ End Credits Theme. I always thought that was a cool riff, and I was looking for an opportunity to do a driving acoustic theme.

Download and/or listen to my music from On Hallowed Ground here.

Gear used

My steel string guitar is a small Taylor GS Mini: a very affordable 7/8ths scale guitar. Although it’s small and comfortable to play, as you can hear, it has a big sound. My guitar is their mahogany version, which is slightly warmer sounding than the spruce variant.¬†

How to play Victory by Evan Handyside

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I rarely do outright strumming songs on this blog — simply because the opportunity doesn’t come up very often. Strumming is very hard to describe within a written guitar tab.

Ultimately, strumming should be innate, and organic. Guitar players don’t think about strumming — much like you wouldn’t think about driving a stickshift vehicle. You just need to go for it.

In the guitar tab for Victory, I’ve given you the chords with a (. . . .) trailing the chord. This indicates that you should be strumming — and it also imbues a sense of timing.

Because Victory favors guitar players who are adept at strumming, I qualify this song for intermediate guitar players and up.

Within the interval shaped chords, I’ve left a blank string on the guitar tab. This is because your top finger will naturally lay across that string a mute it out inadvertently.

Usually this is indicated with an X across that particular string. I thought the X made the guitar tab look sloppy, so I left that string blank. It’s actually easier to read this way.

My order of play, in accordance with the guitar tab goes like this: ¬†Intro 2x, Verse 2x, Pre-Chorus, Chorus — Intro 2x, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus — Intro (Outro) 4x.

Victory is played in an Open D tuning. Your tuning is as follows from low to high: D A D F# A D. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

V I C T O R Y: (ambient, driving acoustic guitar) by Evan Handyside

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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.