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The Terminator

The original Terminator theme was written by 80’s synthesizer composer, Brad Fiedel. Even though he composed a lot of movie scores through the 80’s and early 90’s, The Terminator theme was the defining work of his career. The best version of this theme song is Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

When I received my first guitar in 1991, at age 13, the Terminator theme was one of the first things I figured out how to play. Even then, melodies in film music were hitting a nerve with me.

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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.

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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 The Terminator | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for The Terminator is beautifully written across 3 pages. While I’ve archived this piece in Easy to Play, I do think the song is better suited to intermediate guitar players and up. I’ve incorporated the signature Terminator beat throughout the piece: dundun dun dundun. Getting that timing might be difficult for some. I hope you enjoy playing this as much as I do. The guitar tab is available below:

This piece is played straight through without repeats.

The Terminator | fingerstyle guitar

Terminator is played in open G tuning. Your tuning is as follows from low to high: D G D G B D:

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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.