The Last of Us

“How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr. Seuss

So, what are you doing 3 years from now?

Compared to others, I have only a tiny smigin of internet success. But at 1,400,000 views on YouTube, and roughly 15,000 people on the blog per month, I have been really, really fortunate.

In many ways, the internet is the only free-market left on earth. It’s a massive exchange of ideas that is remarkably self-correcting. If you put forth untruths, either no one will take you seriously, or a legion of de-bunkers will immediately diminish you. Working precisely how a free exchange of ideas should: quality and authenticity win the day.

This is helped along by Google quite a bit. After all, nothing happens without search, and their sophisticated algorithms reward serious content creators who take a relentless, long-term approach.

Knowing this — whether its trolling, spamming, or outright content theft — it’s amazing that individuals STILL attempt to game the system. When in actuality, there is no system to game.

The Last Of Us accounts for a ton of the traffic to both my YouTube channel and Intellimusica. At first glance, this may appear to be a one-off stroke of luck.

However, I conceptualized my blog with along term approach in mind.  I liked what I was doing, so in 2011, I didn’t mind creating post after post with very little traffic.  It took me a few dozen posts to even get to The Last Of Us. And even after I posted the theme song for guitar, no one cared for about a year and a half until the game came out in the summer of 2013.

If there is a “scheme” to internet success, it’s having a 3 year focus.  There’s nothing magical about 3 years, but that is the average it takes to build a robust audience.  In the landmark article, 1000 True Fans, that is also the average.

So, whatever it is that you’re doing, or would like to do.  You need to love it — and love it enough, to do it for a minimum of 3 years.  Time flies, so you better get started.

How to play Fleeting by Gustavo Santaolalla from The Last Of Us Volume 2

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With Fleeting, Gustavo Santaolalla blends the introduction guitar part into a (multi-instrument) ronroco section that comprises most of the song. This man’s talent for invoking emotion with simplicity, and melody never ceases to amaze me.

In addition, I consider this ‘complete guitar arrangement’ for Fleeting to be some of the best work I’ve ever done on Intellimusica. I’d be lying if I didn’t have a little booyah! moment upon completing the video.

This also happens to be one of the best tabs I’ve ever drawn up. Despite how complex Fleeting might appear, the tab is very easy to read and comprehend. From a guitar playing standpoint, I consider Fleeting easy to play, but meant for intermediate level guitar players.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Fleeting is played in standard tuning.

Fleeting by Gustavo Santaolalla from The Last Of Us Volume 2


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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.