The Last Of Us: How to Play — All Gone (Aftermath)

Posted on 10. Jul, 2013 by in Easy to Play, Film Score, Free Tabs, Gustavo Santaolalla, Method, The Last Of Us


I am not a great guitar player; I’m merely a good guitar player. I would only consider myself “great” at transcribing and arranging music for the guitar — but only within my capacity to do so.

For the most part, I’m a musician who happens to play guitar.  And for that matter, there might be amazing guitarists who aren’t really musicians either.

A musician is defined (by Google) as: A person who is talented or skilled in music.  That is an ambiguous, and totally subjective definition.

I would go further and define a musician as: A person who demonstrates artistry with music.  That “artistry” can come in any form.  I consider music critics, music bloggers, and punk rockers all musicians — in my sense of the word.

There are many great, virtuoso guitar players that demonstrate superior “instrument athleticism” rather than musicianship.  I’m not diminishing that either.  It’s fun to watch virtuoso guitar players to their thing. However, playing scales and arpeggios at break neck speed is not artistry; it’s ego.

(Note: The only caveat are blues guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, etc. Certain blues guitarists have ridicules chops, but they play in the manner of a Quija board channeling spirits.  On a visceral level, there’s really no difference between Trent Reznor pounding on a keyboard, and SRV bending a single note into oblivion.  They’re both out-of-body experiences.)

The point is: it’s okay to be okay at playing guitar — so long as you can play what you want to play, and do what you want to do.  It’s far more important to be a great musician than a great guitarist.  Find your identity, be original, express emotion, and be an artist with your instrument.  

How to Play All Gone (Aftermath) by Gustavo Santaolalla

All Gone (Aftermath) is played in standard tuning.  It’s quick and easy to play — and a great riff for beginner guitarists. I’ve divided the tab by chord position.  Have fun, the tab is available below:

All Gone — Aftermath (Tab)

Please comment here if you have a question, or if you’d like to let me know what you think.  I’m no longer replying to YouTube comments due to my other time commitments.


5 Responses to “The Last Of Us: How to Play — All Gone (Aftermath)”

  1. Alexandre

    10. Jul, 2013

    I love you blogs. I mean, for guitar, but I don’t know if that’s meant or not from you, but you can see the subject you bring on your blog in your personal life, and that’s what I like.

    Indeed, when you start playing guitar (and I remember it), you want to be the guitar player who plays notes 100 mph and pulling out a ”show”. Who doesn’t like that? But I love how you make difference between ”musicians” and ”guitar players” ( I love the guitar athleticism reference you make). So be who you want to be, and as long as you’re fine with it, you should be proud. And you made me realise that’s the most important thing when you play guitar. Shouldn’t play for what the other people wants you to do, but play it like you feel it.

    But at the same time, I can see a message of ”be who you are, no matter what.” Find your identity with your instruments, but with yourself too. It’s all about finding your ”true” self. Like; don’t be who people asks you to be, but be yourself instead and with that, you will be more ”confident” about yourself.

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    • Evan Handyside

      10. Jul, 2013

      Thanks for commenting Alexandre, excellent analysis.

      I struggle with my own lack of abilities on the instrument, but I constantly have to remind myself ‘to not give sh!t’.

      In that sense, maybe this post was for me!


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      • Alexandre

        11. Jul, 2013

        Wow.. Even with all your years of experience, still sometimes you feel a lack of abilities.. Well if I can give you a little thumbs up, at least what you can do with all those complex songs and bringing it to only 1 instrument (guitar here), if someone ever tells you that you lack some skills at your instruments, asks him how many songs he has turn from an ”orchestral” arrangment to a single instrument?

        But I say that, but myself first, even if sometimes no ones judging, maybe because we all want to be perfect in a sense when we play an instrument that we, ourselves, put those stress.. And there would come our feeling of lacking some ckills because we have played a ”wrong” note and stuff like that.. But it’s only a guess like that.

        As a last word, I don’t know you really well, so I can only judge by the videos you made, that your post ”may” be in fact for you (I think you better know), but don’t worry, at least you got the ”musical ears” that (like you said) many don’t have. Cheer up, you’re doing pretty fine on a guitar ;)

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  3. Austen

    08. Mar, 2014

    Wow, great job on this one!! this is the first time I have seen someone play this on guitar. I cant wait to learn it later!

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