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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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How to play The Terminator | fingerstyle guitar

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: