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Waking Up

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Waking Up is a piece of music from the film, Lone Survivor. This is an awesome movie about the lone survival of Navy SEAL, Marcus Luttrell — after his 4 man reconnaissance team was chased up and down a mountain side by scores of Taliban fighters. The heavily injured Luttrell is eventually given shelter by a local Pashtun villager, Mohammad Gulab.

The music is by the instrumental post-rock band, Explosions In The Sky. They’re most famous for the song, Your Hand in Mine, from the film, Friday Night Lights. Their music is constantly used in film and television recordings.

I’m calling this Waking Up (a variation) because did my own thing with it. I was playing around with the chord progression and melodies — and I ended up creating an alternate arrangement of the piece. While the original uses a full band, I think this works well as a solo arrangement for guitar.

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Gear used

For this arrangement, I used my Fender Custom Shop 63′ Telecaster. I additionally used a Vox AC10 amplifier with a BOSS TR-2 Tremolo pedal. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play Waking Up | Fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for Waking Up is beautifully written across three pages. I qualify this piece as easy to play — and it’s perfect for beginner and intermediate guitar players. You play the three pages straight through. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

On the third page you’ll play: sections #1, #2, #1, then #3. After that, I just play the whole again from page one again. Waking Up is played in standard tuning.

Explosions In The Sky: Waking Up (a variation) | fingerstyle guitar

The notes you’ll see within the diamonds are natural harmonics.


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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.