Hans Zimmer: Now We Are Free | fingerstyle guitar
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Now We Are Free

[Updated and reposted from 10/7/20]

Free download of this performance on SoundCloud.

Now We Are Free is one of Hans Zimmer’s foremost pieces next to Time. It’s the closing theme of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator when Maximus rejoins his family amidst the wheat fields. The vocal performance is by Australian singer, Lisa Gerrard. She’s not singing in any particular language — just voicing syllables and melodies. This gives the song an ancient/World sound.

A few years ago, I performed Now We Are Free on YouTube (and this blog) but it was time for an update in tone and playability. As new film music content has been on hold due to the pandemic, I’ve enjoyed the process of revamping my older modern classic performances.

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Gear used

For, Now We are Free, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. You can find a current list of my gear here.

My music

You can find my personal music on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music, and all streaming services:

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(This is music that I’ve played and intend to play on Intellimusica. It flows beautifully — and additionally works as music for focus, meditation, and relaxation.)

How to play Now We Are Free | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this arrangement is beautifully written across three pages. While chord shapes are relatively simple, I recommend this piece for intermediate guitar players and up. You’ll play the guitar tab straight through, repeating the Verse as the finale. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

My order of play looks like this in accordance with the guitar tab: Intro, Verse, Chorus 2x, Chorus (#2) 2x, Verse. When returning to the finale verse, you’ll start with the chord shape, rather than the open string preceding it.

Hans Zimmer: Now We Are Free | fingerstyle guitar

This song is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 2nd fret.

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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.