Photo by Maxim Tajer on Unsplash

American Prometheus

Free audio download on SoundCloud.

I've been obsessing over the Ludwig Göransson's Oppenheimer soundtrack since the film's release. Just brilliant. Like Hans Zimmer at his peak in the 2010's. This is a complex story about a complex individual -- and Christopher Nolan leans heavily on the music to thread the story.

If you haven't seen Oppenheimer, I would actually encourage spoilers here. Christopher Nolan requested that audience go into the movie blind, and be "surprised" by the story. That's what I did, and it was A LOT to take in. I would have enjoyed myself even more had I known the (American Prometheus story) and just luxuriated in the multiple Oscar worthy performances. It's the best acted movie since The Godfather I & II.

[The Oppenheimer movie is based entirely on the book 'American Prometheus' by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. The exhaustive biography was written over a period of twenty-five years.]

There's a musical motif that stood out to me throughout the soundtrack. I had to wait until I saw Oppenheimer to see how prominent it was in the actual film. The motif is best exemplified in the piece, American Prometheus. I absolutely love it. It vibes the entire film.

This is my fingerstyle arrangement of that music. It's not an exact copy -- more of a variation. I just took the best bits and highlighted them.

You might also like to play...

Oppenheimer | fingerstyle guitar + TAB
(closing 'end credits' theme)

The Godfather (Love Theme) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Hans Zimmer: Time | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Spotify and streaming

You can find my latest single, Oppenheimer, on all streaming services:

Oppenheimer on Spotify

Oppenheimer on Apple Music

Oppenheimer on Amazon Music

How to play American Prometheus | fingerstyle guitar

(Resources: learn more about Premium Memberships here. Get my weekly posts right to your inbox.)

The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across 2 pages. It's very easy to play, and I recommend this arrangement for beginner guitar players and up.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Modern content for the practicing guitarist.

To continue, subscribe and get Unlimited Access to over 500 Premium TABs. Film Music, Pop Music, Lessons, and more. Start Playing Now.

Only $4.99/mo. cancel anytime.


Already a member? log in to read the rest of this content.

Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.