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It took me all of two seconds to realize that Unbroken occupies the same space (and delivers the same poignancy) as The Choice from the first game. What a great piece of music from the master, Gustavo Santaolalla.

Lately, I’ve been taking material from The Last of Us and creating my own arrangements from the original source material. That’s what I’ve done with, Unbroken. It’s important to me that I don’t alter the original piece. In all of these “variations” I’m adding bridge sections that pay homage to Gustavo Santaolalla’s intent.

In similar fashion, Unboxholics released a short film based on The Last of Us – but an alternate story. For an independently produced film — the production, directing, and acting are AMAZING. I performed the closing theme at the end (Santaolalla’s The Last of Us Part II). Watch the film here (you’ll love it).

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Gustavo Santaolalla: The Last of Us Part II | theme for guitar + TAB

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All Gone (No Escape) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Gear used

For Unbroken, I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar. It’s a dark and warm guitar that retains significant treble end. You can find a list of my current gear here.

How to play Unbroken | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this arrangement is beautifully written across three pages. You’ll play the piece straight through — while taking care to repeat sections within the brackets. You’ll end the piece with the Refrain / End on page #1.

I recommend this piece for intermediate guitar players and up. I hope you enjoy playing this as much as I do. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

The Last of Us Part II: Unbroken (a variation)

The tuning for the original piece is absurdly low: 3 1/2 steps down in A standard. Yikes. I have this guitar strung with super high tension strings and it still wouldn’t hold that tuning.

I settled on C standard. My tuning looks like this from low to high: C F  A# D# G# C. That is still relatively low for most guitars. You can get a perfect vibe on this song by tuning your guitar one whole step down: D G C F A D. I think that would work well for most guitar players.



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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.