I imagine that Gustavo Santaolalla charges a serious fee for his composition work. The Quarantine Zone illustrates precisely why that fee is worth it — for any production company.

When it comes to music, I value genius over prowess.  Guitar chops and fast licks really don’t matter in the greater scheme of things.  

What matters, is playing something with passion that connects with other people on a subconscious level. This was Kurt Cobain’s strength, it’s also Gustavo Santaolalla’s strength.

I am not a gamer — but to those of you have played The Last Of Us — can you really imagine a better theme?

How to play The Quarantine Zone (20 Years Later) 

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This original Quarantine Zone from The Last Of Us score is loosely played, so I’ve attempted to create a more precise version.  Also, I’m not entirely sure that this is actually how the song is played.  The Quarantine Zone is played on an alternately tuned Dobro or Resonator guitar.  The tuning is anyone’s guess, but my version comes pretty close.

Good luck, the tab is available below:

The Quarantine Zone is played one whole step down, then drop D — which means you’ll tune the Low E string down to sound like the D string.  The exact tuning goes like this, from low to high: C G C F A D. 

The Quarantine Zone (20 Years Later) — Tab


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