Vanishing Grace (a variation)

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I’ve been steeped in Gustavo Santaolalla’s music and guitar playing since 2005 when his iconic score for Brokeback Mountain was first released. The minimalism of his playing captivated me immediately. Santaolalla’s style has informed my playing ever since.

Gustavo Santaolalla has a penchant for picking “the perfect riff” from low hanging fruit. He is not bound by convention — and routinely deviates from the key to add dissonance and tension. I feel remotely qualified to expand on his original intent, and I did so with Vanishing Grace.

Vanishing Grace (a variation) honors the original composition by Gustavo Santaolalla. I expanded on this piece — imagining what Santaolalla might do, while incorporating other elements from The Last of Us.

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Gear used

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

How to play Vanishing Grace (a variation) | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for this piece is beautifully written across three pages. The guitar tab is played straight though without repeats. I recommend this arrangement for intermediate guitar players.

However, the original piece on page 1 of the tab is fairly easy to play and definitely suitable for beginners. I hope you enjoy playing this as much as I did. The guitar tab is available below:

The Last of Us: Vanishing Grace (a variation)

Vanishing Grace is played in standard tuning.


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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.