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Eye of the Tiger in fingerstyle by Van Larkins

Eye of the Tiger in fingerstyle by Van Larkins

If you like playing fingerstyle, let’s climb the ring and play this arrangement dedicated to advanced guitar players. Download the full transcription in Guitar Pro format and get ready to parry punches!

Discover Van Larkins’s tribute to the song Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Sylvester Stallone himself had chosen this song as the soundtrack of the cult boxing movie Rocky. This brand new video of Australian guitarist Van Larkins was filmed at a famous boxing club called Doherty’s Gym in Melbourne.



“Eye of the Tiger par Van Larkins”
(click on the image to download the Guitar Pro 7 file)


“Eye of the Tiger par Van Larkins”
(click on the image to download the Guitar Pro 6 file)


How to approach this score?

You will first have to tune your guitar in open C minor (Open Cm), here is the detail:

Starting from the high-pitched strings: E flat, C, G, C, G, C

This tuning in open C minor is almost similar to the tuning in open C major. The only difference is in the high E string that is tuned here in E flat. It has the same intervals between strings as the D minor open.

You will then need a thumb pick like this one:

You can play this score without this type of pick but it will be very difficult or even impossible to play the basses in sixteenth notes and Palm Mute.


The difficulties:

They are mainly located in the bridge, (bar 53, at 2min42 in the video):

We’ll have to play:

  • percussion with the thumb of the right hand on the guitar table to create a kind of bass drum sound,
  • hammers and pull-offs in the left hand to play basses without using the right hand. We advise you to attack the string with strength and speed, and this without using your right hand,
  • artificial harmonics. It is a question of playing the harmonics of the supported notes and not those of the empty strings as with natural harmonics. You must use the index finger of your right hand to touch the string and the ring finger to play the note.

Good luck with that! This passage is very technical and difficult to make sound good. Please leave a comment to let us know if you have been able to play this score.


About the guitarist

Van Larkins is a talented Australian acoustic guitarist. You can find his bio on our website: Van Larkins, as well as a free score in Guitar Pro 7 format of one of his compositions entitled: Outback Storm.

The guitar used by Van in this video is a Kallquist baritone guitar made by the luthier Luje Kallquist in Brisbane, Australia.

Its news:

In Nashville, Van will be preparing a long tour in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia with Tommy Emmanuel’s former manager, Gina Mondello.

Here is the video of one of his last concert at Melbourne International Guitar Night.


Here are the next dates of his Canadian tour:

Van Larkins Canadian Tour

Follow Van Larkins :

Vanlarkins.com Website
Youtube channel
Facebook Page

  1. Victor - September 29, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I tried your app, I’m not sure if it’s far to advanced for me or I just couldn’t understand how to utilize and navigate through the programs. I think it would be a great tool if I could pick up what your laying down.

  2. Jerry Atrick - September 29, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Fantastic guitarist. Awesome interpretation of Eye of the Tiger. I’d never heard of Van Larkins, so thanks for the email, GP. I went to the artist site and bought Cinder Moon CD and download after watching him play it in the desert. What an artist! Truly up there in the same rarefied stratosphere as Tommy Emmanuel.

  3. Thomas Duflos - October 1, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Thank you very much Jerry!

  4. Thomas Duflos - October 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Victor, if you need help to use the Guitar Pro app, please send a message to our support, thank you. https://support.guitar-pro.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

  5. James - December 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Wow nice! One of my favorite songs in fingerstyle. Sounds so good. Thanks for this!


  6. Ben chris - February 4, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Thanks for helpful information.

  7. Thomas Duflos - February 5, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Hi, you are welcome Ben, thanks!

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