PDF File Download: Mass Effect – Vigil NAF Tab
Original Composer: Jack Wall
Technical notes: Requires use of one cross-fingered note and one quarter holed note. Play on an NAF in the key of A if you wish to accompany the original track.
About: I played the Mass Effect trilogy for the very first time this year, and I honestly don’t think there’s been another game to have such an incredibly huge impact on me. I could write about it for hours, but by the time you’ve finished the games, hearing this track brings back so much nostalgia and feeling. It’s a beautiful, calm, soothing piece of music that features one of my favourite world flutes – the duduk. Hearing it makes me feel instantly at peace, and I often use it to relax to (as well as have a little sob, because seriously, these games leave you an emotional wreck. Thanks for ruining my life, Bioware :p)
On Playing: This is a really easy piece to play, asides from those horrid quarter holes at the end…ugh! Sorry, I couldn’t avoid those unless I transposed the entire piece into some other completely awkward fingering, so it was a small price to pay to keep it simple overall.
The original track was a little difficult to transcribe at first as the synths and duduk blend together really closely in some parts and I couldn’t tell which was which – slowing it down seemed to muddy it even more! – so the first line of the tab is the ‘intro’ synth notes, before launching into the ‘main’ melody picked up by the duduk from the second line onwards and the two blend together throughout the rest. Repeat as wished.
Whilst by no means difficult to play and very slow in pace overall, a lot of the notes are sustained, with vibrato at their end, so manage your breath control well. Listening to the track, you’ll notice in places there are a few ‘barking’ embellishments played by the duduk which you can easily add in if you wish.
Listen to the track on YouTube: