Gustavo Santaolalla: Wait and Then | fingerstyle guitar
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Wait and Then by Gustavo Santaolalla

Free download of this performance on SoundCloud.

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I believe Gustavo Santaolalla’s 2014 album, Camino, is a collection of music that was intended for various film projects. I’ve scored a few short films, and I’ll write and record 20 pieces of music. The filmmaker might use just 3. I imagine the process is similar — even for an A-list composer like Santaolalla.

Wait and Then sounds like it may have been intended for Babel; his 2006 Oscar winning score. The instrument is an Oud: a lute-like Arabic instrument.  I created a slightly tighter arrangement with my version — going back to motifs that I enjoyed listening to and playing the most.

The guitar tab is beautifully written across a single page. My order of play goes like this, in accordance with the guitar tab:

Intro, Verse 2x, Chorus

Verse 2x, Chorus, Bridge 2x

Intro, Verse 2x, Chorus

Bridge 2x, Intro

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

Gustavo Santaolalla: Wait and Then | fingerstyle guitar

Wait and Then is played in a Drop- D tuning. From low to high: D A D G B E. You’ll then put a capo on the 2nd fret.

This is piece is fairly easy to play. For something more challenging, try Gustavo Santaolalla’s Amor y Paz.

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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.