Game of Thrones Season 4

The soundtrack/score for Game of Thrones: Season 3 was released with a guitar version of the main theme called, For the Realm.

I decided against doing my own arrangement of the Game of Thrones theme because the internet is saturated with them (and really good ones too).  The Game of Thrones theme has been done in every conceivable capo position and tuning, and I couldn’t have added anything meaningful to the mix.

However, Ramin Djawadi’s For the Realm was an opportunity to transcribe, what could be characterized as, “the official guitar version.” If you are a fan of Game of Thrones like me, this one of the most fun songs you’ll ever learn to play. I love the tempo and pacing of it!

How to play For the Realm by Ramin Djawadi

For the Realm is definitely not for beginners, but it is a suitable song for intermediate level players who are adept at playing bar chords.

It’s important not to slave away at practicing.  Take your time, expose yourself to difficult things, then take a break. I’ve written an extensive practicing post here, but the long/short of it is: skill is had through playing frequency, not duration. You’re better off playing a difficult piece, or section — just a couple of times — then break for a few hours, or even till the next day!

I’ve slightly adjusted For The Realm to suit my playing style — specifically for my right hand technique.  I believe this will also be easier for the general public too. With the adjustments, this transcription is about 99% accurate.

The tab is partitioned into 3 sheets and I’ve written it straight through, note for note, without repeat signs. For the Realm is played in standard tuning. Good luck, the tab is available below:

For the Realm — Game of Thrones

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



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