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Grieving is some very creative (yet minimalist) guitar work by Gustavo Santaolalla, from The Last of Us Part II soundtrack. It fits well with the 'All Gone' themes from both game soundtracks. I expanded well beyond the original motif to create, Grieving (a variation). I love Santaolalla's "short burst" guitar style, so I tried to stay true to phrases that he might've played. Although I'm playing a Telecaster, this piece will work beautifully on any acoustic guitar.

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Gear used

For this piece, I used my Fender Custom Shop 63' Telecaster. My amp is a Vox AC10, and I additionally use a Mythos ERLKNG pedal for added tone. You can find a list of my current gear here.

How to play Grieving (a variation) | fingerstyle guitar

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As mentioned above, although I'm playing a Telecaster, this piece will work beautifully on any acoustic guitar. I definitely recommend this for intermediate guitar players and up.

The guitar tab for this arrangement is beautifully written across 4 pages. You'll play the guitar tab straight through, taking care to repeat the sections within the repeat brackets. Additionally I've given you the chord names above the tablature to help you along. I hope you enjoy playing this as much as I do. The guitar tab is available below:

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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.