The Last Of Us ‘Reprise’ — The (Complete) Theme For Guitar

Posted on 15. Aug, 2013 by in Best of Intellimusica, Gustavo Santaolalla, Premium Tabs, The Last Of Us


I posted a version of Gustavo Santaolalla’s The Last Of Us theme in January of 2012. At that time, the only thing I had to go on, was an unmixed, un-mastered, and ultimately incomplete “leaked” version of what we now know as The Last Of Us theme song.

I’m very appreciative that people seem to like what I was able to do with it, but I’ve been troubled by some glaring differences between my “leaked” version and the finalized version of The Last Of Us Theme.

With The Last Of Us ‘Reprise’, I’ve established a complete version for guitar, based entirely from the finalized theme.  It’s a slightly nuanced, more complex version that builds upon the original theme I posted in 2012.  

As a huge Gustavo Santaolalla fan, The Last Of Us soundtrack/score has been an absolute pleasure to transcribe. Here are my favorites in order:

1) The Choice

2) The Menu Theme

3) Vanishing Grace 

4) The Quarantine Zone

5) The Last Of Us (You and Me)

6) Home

7) The Path

8) All Gone (Aftermath) 

9) The Last Of Us Theme (2012) 

I’m not a gamer, so my favorites are based on pure musicality. However, actually playing The Last Of Us, might alter which songs are more meaningful to you. I’ve heard it’s an emotional experience.

How to Play The Last Of Us ‘Reprise’ — The (Complete) Theme For Guitar

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I would try the 2012 version first, if you haven’t already.  The tab is free, and it’s a great way to establish a baseline of your ability to play this specific song.  From there, use the The Last Of Us Practice Sheet. It’s important to not skip around and play through it page by page.

And as always, using a cut-away guitar (of any kind) will make The Last Of Us Theme way easier to play.  Good luck! The tab is

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15 Responses to “The Last Of Us ‘Reprise’ — The (Complete) Theme For Guitar”

  1. Jessica

    16. Aug, 2013

    I would love to see a “how to” series transitioning from beginner to intermediate.
    I love your work, Evan. Keep up the great posts.

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  2. Philipp

    16. Aug, 2013

    Am I getting this right that you may only get the full version of the ‘final’ The Last Of Us Theme if you pay? For someone not being able to do such, but being very eager to find out how to play this wonderful song, this is somehow sad..

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    • Evan Handyside

      17. Aug, 2013

      You are getting it right Phil; my blog is subscription based, and my work is not free — at least not all of it.

      Cheer up!

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  3. Amos

    19. Aug, 2013

    Hi Evan, fantastic u are looking at instructional offerings, thank u….As a pure beginner I think what would be really useful would be what you have found to be the most efficient methods you have found useful, and what common mistakes beginners can make. I’ve noticed from the couple of the songs i’ve viewed, you are very efficient with your right hand movements – which when i think about it makes complete sense. Whereas a couple of the other websites I’ve viewed either they haven’t been or they use a pick which doesn’t feel right to me.

    I’ve realised at computer programmer its best to learn good technique rather than just dive in. to think about how you are going to do it, before actually doing it, and in my profession producing code which is badly designed and hard to maintain. for guitar i’m more worried about any kind of RSI injury and also bad technique i might have to unlearn down the track.

    Also I think a big strength u have is that people like me will come to your website because they like the music and importantly how it is played. so some websites say, i’ve going to teach u this really great song, but actually i don;t have it in my heart to learn that song, i’d like to learn this song i’ve heard here (as long as its beginner level).

    thanks again, Amos

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    • Evan Handyside

      19. Aug, 2013

      Thanks for the comment Amos! I find this hilarious because I teach a software engineer, and he too is horrified at the idea of learning bad technique — or learning something wrong.

      Thank you for the kind words, and taking the time to comment. I’ll plan on incorporating some lessons into my usual routine of songs.

      Stay in touch!

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      • Amos

        20. Aug, 2013

        Hahahaha…you couldn’t make us IT guys up! I think a lot of it is to do is that in IT, you can do 99 things right, but more often than not the one thing you do wrong can cost you, either website breaking down, trading system not working. So you are super careful by nature ie lots of analysis & testing.

        Need to get out of this frame of mind learning the guitar me thinks.

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        • Evan Handyside

          21. Aug, 2013

          Right Amos! That’s the thing, the guitar is a vessel for creation. The best guitar players in the world are people who have pushed the perceived limitations of the instrument. Breaking the instrument down into systems, is the wrong approach.

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  5. David

    14. Sep, 2013

    Hi Evan, I like your bog. Personally I would be interested in learning how you go about transcribing the songs to guitar. I often see songs(not for guitar) I like and I dont really know where to start when I want to play them on guitar.

    Keep it up.


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    • Evan Handyside

      15. Sep, 2013

      Hi David, thanks for commenting.

      That is the million dollar question. I actually have no idea where to start explaining that. My transcription capabilities are from years of experience. I just sort of know what to do, and every song requires a unique approach.


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  6. Aitor Portillo

    20. Sep, 2013

    Hi!! Amazing song!! Good work!! I would like to know… what kind of hardware have you used to record the sound?

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  8. Saeed

    15. Aug, 2014

    Hi….. Great work Evan….Amazing..!!!!

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