The Last Of Us Volume 2: How to Play — Left Behind by Gustavo Santaolalla

Posted on 12. Feb, 2014 by in Best of Intellimusica, Easy to Play, Film Score, Free Tabs, Gustavo Santaolalla, The Last Of Us

The Last of Us

The Last Of Us music has yet another life with Volume 2. I’m not familiar with the game, but I remember an interview with Gustavo Santaolalla where he explained the music was interactive — in that, different boards unlock different elements of the music. So I knew there had to be more music somewhere!

I’m happy to transcribe Left Behind for a couple reasons: I get to use my Taylor GS Mini, and I get to put some free material out there. The latter is very important to me because I enjoy it.

I get that a lot of The Last Of Us fans are children and adolescents who are unable to access my premium content. So long as I spend no-time on something, and the transcription is not that unique — I’m happy put it under my free tabs archive.

The free tab archive is a great place for beginner guitarists too — as most of the stuff in there was easy to transcribe, and thus, very easy to play.

How to play Left Behind from The Last Of Us score Volume 2 

Left Behind, is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ this week. My teaching schedule has been insane, and I needed something quick and easy for this week’s post.

I started Intellimusica in 2011 so that one day, with any luck, I could work less and blog more. Not so. If anything, Intellimusica has created even more demand within my physical teaching job. This is why every professional person should have a regularly updated blog. Want clients? Start a blog.

Left behind is in standard tuning, and strummed with a pick. Although it’s relatively simple to play for intermediate guitar players, the beauty of Left Behind is in it’s execution. The strumming is deep and passionate. 

If you’re interested, I use Dunlop yellow guitar picks, which I’ve vetted over 20 years as the best possible guitar pick for every free-living human being on earth. My guitar is a Taylor GS Mini Mahogany with Elixir ‘poly-web’ light gauge strings.

Even though I’m 6′ tall, I’m a huge fan of smaller bodied guitars.  I hate wrestling my arm over-top of a huge acoustic guitar.  I generally favor the smallest guitar with the biggest sound. That’s why I play Cordoba guitars, and that is specifically why my regular teaching guitar is a Taylor GS Mini. All of my personal gear is here — and these are my ‘student’ gear recommendations.

The tab is divided between Part A and Part B.  Part A is played twice, and Part B is played once — with and E minor chord to finish the song.

My own shorthand for strumming is a (….) after each chord. I’ll use a (..) to indicate that a particular chord is played 1/2 the length of time. It seems rudimentary, but my (….) symbol is really easy to grasp. I shy away from showing you the actual strumming because you should just feel it, and not to think about it.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

Left Behind by Gustavo Santaolalla

Please comment to let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

4 Responses to “The Last Of Us Volume 2: How to Play — Left Behind by Gustavo Santaolalla”

  1. Matt

    12. Feb, 2014

    I was extremely excited to see volume 2 both being a fan of the game and Mr Santaolalla, excellent job! Hope to see more from it.

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  2. Eivind (norway)

    09. Jan, 2015

    I love this song, one of the best on the soundtrack. You did an exelent job on this! I have learned some of the others of Santaolalla, and from you i have learned so much. I don’t know if you do requests, but i have one “un amico”- Ennio Morricone one of my absolute favorites

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    • Evan Handyside

      11. Jan, 2015

      Thanks for commenting Eivind. I’ll check it out. I can’t make any promises, but I appreciate your message:) I am a fan of Ennio Morricone so maybe I’ll get to it. -Evan

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  3. Eivind (norway)

    11. Jan, 2015

    Thanks for the reply, it makes me happy that you care about your subscribers. Thank you again and just ceep doing what your doing

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