Johann Johannsson: The Theory of Everything | fingerstyle guitar
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The Theory of Everything

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The Theory of Everything (2014) is a  biographical romantic drama film set at the University of Cambridge. It details the life of the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. The exquisite music, by the late Johann Johannsson, won the Golden Globe for best score.

This has long time been one of my favorite pieces to play on guitar. It is so uplifting with out being hokey. I originally performed this in 2014 on YouTube and this blog, and it was definitely time for a redo.

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Gear used

For this piece, I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play The Theory of Everything | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for The Theory of Everything is beautifully written across two pages. The guitar tab is essentially one long passage played twice. I recommend this piece for beginner and intermediate guitar players. [You’ll want to take note of the left hand fingering I use at 0:31 of the video. Using the 2nd fingers on top is the only to play that section fluidly.] Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

The Theory of Everything is played in a drop D tuning. From low to high: D A D G B E.

Johann Johannsson: The Theory of Everything | fingerstyle guitar

You’ll then use a capo on the 2nd fret.

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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.