Learn to play the Tetris theme, prog-metal style - with full tab and audio

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Originally a Russian folk tune based around Nikolay Nekrasov’s similarly titled 1861 poem, Korobeiniki has been part of traditional Russian repertoire for well over a century. 

However, it was Hirokazu Tanaka’s 1989 arrangement of this piece for the Nintendo Game Boy version of the hugely successful Tetris game that brought it to global consciousness. It’s frequently ranked among the most instantly recognisable and popular videogame tunes of all time.

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Charlie Griffiths

Charlie Griffiths plays guitar in acclaimed prog-metal outfit Haken, and has a wealth of experience handling corporate and session gigs for genres as diverse as rock, heavy metal and pop. He has been a regular contributor to Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, and Guitar World for over a decade, and released his debut solo album Tiktaalika in 2022.