Gustavo Santaolalla: Longing (The Last of Us Part II)
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Longing

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This arrangement combines both Longing and Longing (Redemptions) from The Last of Us Part II soundtrack. The latter of which is actually played on a Ronroco — a tiny, 5 string Andean guitar — that Gustavo Santaolalla employs on many of his songs. Both pieces comprise his trademark minimalism; his reliance on space and distance to create nuance between the notes.

I’m also realizing that 15 takes to get a perfect performance is overkill – even detrimental to spirit of a guitar performance. When listening to Longing with a good set of headphones (I highly recommend it) you can here Santaolalla’s chair creaking. He even gulps at one point. It all lends it self to a close, human experience. He might as well be playing two feet away from you. I love that Gustavo Santaolalla uses recording imperfections to connect on a deeper level.

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Gear used

For this performance I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. It’s a beautiful sounding and easy playing guitar with low string action. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play Longing | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for Longing is beautifully written across three pages. This piece is relatively easy to play and I recommend it for intermediate guitar players.

You’ll play the guitar tab straight through returning to the Refrain / End on page one to finish the song. I hope you enjoy playing this as much as I did. The guitar tab is available below:

Gustavo Santaolalla: Longing (The Last of Us Part II)

The piece is played in a Drop- D tuning. Your tuning is as follows (from low to high): D A D G B E.

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