[Updated: 6/19/2020. Special thank to Sakis Karpas and Unboxholics for including this performance in their incredible short film, Anna: a Last of Us Story. Ever since the release, I’ve received dozen of warm messages from UH fans. Unboxholics has cultivated something special. They are the most warm and friendly fan base I’ve even encountered.]

The Last of Us II

To introduce The Last of Us Part II at the 2018 E3 gaming convention, Gustavo Santaolalla performed the new central theme from soundtrack. It was a great performance. At the time, the piece was called The Last of Us (Cycles). Now that the game and soundtrack have been launched, we know it’s simply titled, The Last of Us Part II.

He’s playing some type of guitar-banjo (played as an actual 6 string guitar). We can also see the elements of his guitar style that are uniquely, Santaolalla: a slow, almost bluesy approach — punctuated with quick trills, and off kilter notes. His tempo oscillates from relaxed to agile, then back again.

Whether it’s Brokeback Mountain, Babel, or The Last of Us. Gustavo Santaolalla’s film music┬áis nationally ambiguous. It’s music of the world. Perfect for The Last of Us where normal borders no longer exist.

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Gear Used

For Cycles, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play The Last of Us Part II | fingerstyle guitar

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The Last of Us 2 theme is relatively easy, but best suited to intermediate guitar players and up. The guitar tab is beautifully written across three pages, and played straight through.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

*Gustavo Santaolalla: The Last of Us Part II | fingerstyle guitar

This piece is played in standard tuning.


Written by:

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