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Johann Johannsson

This is my tribute to the late, Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything, Sicario). He was one of — if not the greatest living composer. His music was all at once: aching, melancholy, and extraordinary progressive. Johann’s passing is a major loss for film, the modern classical community, and music in general.

The Sun’s Gone Dim and Sky’s Turned Black is a solo piece by Johann from 2006.

You might also like to play these other pieces by Johann Johannsson…

The Theory of Everything + TAB

The Whirling Ways of Stars That Pass + TAB

Flight From the City + TAB (My favorite)

Gear Used

For The Sun’s Gone Dim and Sky’s Turned Black, I used my Cordoba C7 guitar. You can find an updated list of my gear here.

How to play, The Sun’s Gone Dim and Sky’s Turned Black, by Johann Johannsson

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The Sun’s Gone Dim and Sky’s Turned Black can be characterized as easy to play. It’s a long piece of music but — there are no difficult chords shapes, and your fingers will never leave the first 3 frets. Even still, I find this better suited to intermediate guitar players and up.

The guitar tab is beautifully and spaciously written across 3 pages. My order of play (in accordance with the guitar tab) goes like this:

Verse 2x, Chorus, Post Chorus — Verse 2x (begin at return), Chorus  — Outro (take care to repeat sections as indicated), Outro continued.

Enjoy this epic and classic piece by Johann Johannsson. The guitar tab is available below:

The Sun’s Gone Dim and Sky’s Turned Black is played one 1/2 step down. Your tuning is as follows from low to high: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb. Or, depending on your tuner: D# G# C# F# A# D#.

My Cordoba C7 is tuned one whole step down (D G C F A D) with a capo on the 1st fret — thus achieving the tuning indicated above.  

*The Sun’s Gone Dim and the Sky’s Turned Black

Written by:

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