While waiting for the start of the third season of the Spanish series La Casa De Papel, here is the score of the generic “My Life Is Going On”. Two tablatures are downloadable here: the arpeggio accompaniment and a fingerstyle guitar version.
This slow and bewitching piece is sung by Cecilia Krull who, like Guitar Pro, has its roots in northern France. Cecilia’s father, also a musician, is originally from the Hauts-de-France region. Passionate about jazz, the singer is at ease in all kind of music. We are looking forward to listening to her first album, which should be released soon.
The chord version
In the first bar, you have to mark the movement of each eighth note by systematically alternating downstrokes which are on the beat and upstrokes for those between the beats.
The third beat is linked so you have to continue the movement of your pick, and play downstrokes without touching the strings and resume the strumming on the second eighth note of this beat.
You may have noticed open string chords placed between 2 chords.
It’s a way to free your fingers from the previous position, to ease the change of chord, and to save time to be able to move the fingers quickly enough to the next chord.
Bars 9 to 12, you have to anticipate the change of chord earlier, you have to play the chord at the end of the bar, before the beginning of the next bar.
Usually, we change the chord on the first beat of each bar, not here.
Therefore the open strings that allow you to change chords more easily will also be advanced by one eighth note to end up on the fourth beat of the bar on a downstroke.
From bars 24 to the end, to underline the main melody, you’ll have to include it in the accompaniment.
Let the chord ring while you play this melody that is added to the accompaniment.
This version is obviously easier to play than the fingerstyle tablature, even if you will have to master bar chords to play it correctly, with the B minor chord (Bm) for instance.
You can play this arpeggio accompaniment with or without a pick, depending on what sound you are looking for.
Some of the chords used in this song are written like this: E/G# or Em/G, this means that the original bass of the chord has changed. For example, the bass of the E chord is usually an E, but here it has changed into a G#. This is how the chord looks like:
To view the Guitar Pro 7.5 chord gallery, press the A key.
The fingerstyle tablature
In this version, you’ll have to play the accompaniment in arpeggios and the notes of the vocal track at the same time.
All the bass notes have to be muted (P.M) with the right hand and you’ll have to let ring the notes from the theme. The main difficulties are in the hammers and pull-offs, which are not easy to play in that context.
How to add “let ring” in Guitar Pro 7.5?
Select the note(s) and press the “i” key on your keyboard or click on “let ring” situated on the left panel called teh Edition Palette:
Take a look at the triplet of quarter notes at the 11th bar, if you aren’t used playing those, listen carefully to the Guitar Pro file to play them correctly.
The song structure
Intro, Verse 1, Interlude, Verse 2, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Interlude, verse 3, Pre-Chorus, Outro
The interview with Cecilia Krull
Cecilia, how was born the song “My Life is Going On”? Was it one of your personal songs or were you only supposed to play the opening credits?
– The song “My Life is Going On” was specially composed for the series. It was the composer Manuel Santisteban, with whom I have been working for about ten years, who called me to talk about this new project called “La Casa De Papel”.
Can you tell us about the guitarist who is playing on the original version of “My Life is Going On”?
– Yes of course, it’s Manuel Santisteban who played all the parts on a keyboard! He is a talented pianist and composer.
Why have you chosen to make a remix of the song?
– We wanted to do a remix to give more energy to the song so that it would be easier to dance on it.
What is your favorite guitar song? Do you play the guitar?
I particularly like the song: Tres Notas Para Decir Te Quiero.
Were you invited to the shooting of the series?
– No, I haven’t been invited to this shooting. However, I have already been invited for other series for which I sang the credits, for example with the series “Locked Up”. And I also participated in the shooting.
What are your next dates and your musical projects?
– I travel a lot at the moment, the next dates will be in France, Greece, Colombia and Spain soon…