January 2, 2018

Boyce Avenue | Game of Thrones


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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfJnB7gnUVkthe Awesome. Thanks Dave.

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. A practice track version of my pro track is available to members. Be a member, just click on the 'Join' menu item above.

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.

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.

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