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Game of Thrones | Boyce Avenue

About this Video
Game of Thrones – Classical Guitar
I just love this great television series. The acting, the CGI work and the twisted plot lines. Whose going to die next? This type of quality work is in a league of its own in my opinion.

It never occured to me that the opening musical score could be ever be played as a guitar instrumental.

I did a search on Youtube to see what other creative souls have done. At first glance, none of what I heard was appealing enough to get excited about. I have my own ideas on how a solo guitar piece should go together along with an appealing backtrack to make it a worthwhile effort to undertake.

Eventually I came across a very nice rendition by Boyce Avenue. A quiet guitar intro followed by a nice driving orchestration that keeps spirit of the original sound track. I was hooked. Lets do this.

Here is a short run down of what I assembled for my rendition of the Game of Thrones music video.

Composed and written by Ramin Djawadi. The tune is in the key of Cm, in 3/4 time, about 53bpm (160bpm), instrumental pop. Capo at 3rd fret – makes things easier.

The usual effort of finding matching guitar tabs and access to a workable back track was at first met with brickwalls until I came across a guitar tabs post by Dave Tran – exactly arranged like the Boyce Avenue. What luck. He also has made a Youtube video on how to play this tune as per his tabs Awesome. Thanks Dave. I have a link in the playlist above as well.

I did my own version of the tabs to suit my style and ability. The guitar tabs I finally worked out are available as a download on the Members page in both PDF and Word format. Look out for any updates as I may revise the tab content as the tune matures.

Next was getting a compelling backing track. NADA available. After much consideration I decided to get the track professionally done. I am considering a release of a practice track version of my pro track in lieu of the actual back track due to copyright issues. I am close to getting releases to selected back tracks in my library.

If you do wish to follow through on doing your own backing track, I can tell where to go, what to do and provide an expected cost. Nothing is free. You either spend the time and resources on your own or you have a pro help out where needed. I can help you there.

NEWS FLASH – I have finally found a copyright broker\distributer that will handle the royalty, distribution and licensing issue for many of my back tracks. I will be offering my awesome instrumental backtracks for a small fee to cover my costs. If you are interested, become a member on my web site and register your back track choice.

CAVEAT – I will only go through the copyright release process if I have 10 or more people interested. So register on my site and spread the word my BT music will be available for download.

Guitar and Guitar Effects
I am using my Takemine classical guitar and use a capo on the third fret. Fingering looks like the Am shape but the tune is still played in Cm. Having a capo for this tune helps a lot when using open strings, where this tune has lots.

I am using only my Flint effects pedal for reverb and for use in the DAW recorder chain.

Audio and Video Production Tools
Audio recording is done using REAPER DAW, ART DI boxes and an ART USB based audio interface to get guitar sound to DAW.

Video production work is done in Adobe Premiere CS5. Original and final Video resolution is 1280x720p. Compression is about 7-10mb/s MP4. Youtube will transcode to their transmission specs anyway.

Get access to my Tabs and more – Be a member
Guitar TAB Sheets
Fully documented guitar TAB version. Written in MS WORD 2003, using generic Courier type font. Any version of MS Word after 1997 can open this file. In addition I have a PDF version as an option.

Also available is a blank guitar TAB work sheet for your own edits and mods in the same format and style as the full documented version.
Use the ‘Join Us’ menu item on top of this web page to become a member to my stuff – it’s free to join.

Please make any comments below regarding this video. I’ll get back to you if you have any questions. Thank you.