borrowed time

There’s a reason why Gustavo Santaolalla is at the musical helm of the most compelling film scores of the past 16 years. He has remained very discerning about who he works with — and what he works on. I’ve read dozens of interviews with Gustavo Santaolalla over the years, and he mentions this in almost every single one.

[If you’re interested in this man’s musicality, I suggest this podcast. It covers Santaolalla’s music, life story, and his genial personality.]

I’m especially impressed with Santaolalla’s penchant for picking projects that just explode, virally in the culture. Just in the last few years: The Last of Us (video game), Making a Murderer (Netflix), and now Borrowed Time (short film).

If you’re an artist or creator, this is a guide for longevity. Carefully decide what you lend your talents too. Think of the cultural and future implications.

You can find all my Gustavo Santaolalla guitar tabs here.

(Note: This is my premium material. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel, or click here to be updated on all of my latest guitar tabs.)

How to play Gustavo Santaolalla’s Borrowed Time guitar theme

I played the three main sections of Borrowed Time in one take. In the video and in the guitar tab, I’m referring to them as: Opening, The Cliff, The Watch, and Closure.

The guitar tab is three pages long, and definitely displays the avant-garde guitar playing and instrumentation of Gustavo Santaolalla. At the very beginning of the video, 0:40, and 2:55 — I’m using my volume knob to create a swelling effect.

The Cliff section was hard to discern, but I did my best. Really, the finger-style part should just be “felt” but I believe I’m playing each chord shape 6x or so.

This guitar tab is a blend of the original instrumentation, and a few notes I threw in to add some background and guidance. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Borrowed Time is played in a Drop-D tuning. Your Tuning is as follows from low to high: D A D G B E.

Borrowed Time (short): Gustavo Santaolalla guitar theme

Please comment to let me know what you think, or if you have any questions.


Written by:

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