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EVERYBODY HURTS BY R.E.M. – LEARN HOW TO PLAY ON GUITAR

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how to play everybody hurts guitar tabThe song Everybody Hurts is a significant change from other albums released by R.E.M. It came from the album Automatic for the People which featured songs that are not in the usual alternative rock sound and proposed the band under a different light. The album became a hit in the US charts.

It featured unique lyrics which is another makeover to the band’s traditional style of words used. The R.E.M. members said that the straight forward lyrics which describe mortality and loneliness is driven to engage a wide range of music lovers including teenagers.

Oh this post and video, we will try and learn the main motif and eventually the whole song. Thanks for joining me!

How To Play Everybody Hurts



Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. is based around chords arpeggio figure. Below we discuss further how to play this REM hit on the guitar!

Strumming Pattern for Everybody Hurts (Intro/Verse)

What I’m gonna do is play an abbreviated version of the verse, or the verse part pattern and then we’ll take a look at the finger pattern and chords used. (You may refer to the video tutorial above this page).

Basically, it is a cycles of couple of chords the first of which is the D major open position. We start at the open D string counting 1, 2,3, …

Then add you little pinky on the high E, keep your third finger fixed and bring your first and second finger to the top string A 2nd fret and 3rd fret of the low E. And that would be the G major chord.

Play from the E string then D, G, E, B, G (strings). And that’s the picking pattern.

Then there’s this little rundown. From the G major position then pick the D and G strings. Then Drop the root note to a semitone to an F#, . It can now be called a G with an F# bass (G/F#).

What follows it the chorus section.

Chorus Section

The chords for the chorus are an E minor (Em) and A major (A). The chorus just plays that 2 chords for a couple of times then, pauses on the last A major chord.

Picking pattern for Em – E, B, D, E (high) B, G – these are the guitar strings.

For the A major, picking pattern is – A, D, G, E, B, G.

And then we go back around the original progression for the verse.

Why Everybody Hurts Is Classified Easy On Guitar?

The song is a great choice for beginners who are still learning the basics of a guitar and wants to learn some credible songs for their portfolio. It’s simple and doesn’t require any complex picking techniques to play. The basic chords are melodious to listen to and can be played with a pick or fingers as preferred.

The R.E.M. American rock band was formed in Athens and the group shot to fame among music lovers with their first debut album itself. The album Murmur brought the people to the forefront of musical industry and they received great support from college radio.

The group had their mainstream hit in 1987 with the single The One I Love. Their most commercially successful albums till date include Automatic for the People and Out of Time.

Monster was the album which brought them back to the rock genre in 1994.

Everybody Hurts came from the album Automatic for the People which was released in 1992.  The song was meant to be a hard rock but the lyrics made the band compose it with a subdued musical style.  It is an unique album among other releases.

 Everybody Hurts Guitar Chords

The main chords to play the song begins with Dmajor, G major, Bm, C, Em and F#. The easy steps will make it easy to learn the song and play it on a guitar.

Everybody Hurts                             
REM

Standard Tuning

    D                        G
E]--------2-----------2------------3-----------3-----[               
B]------3---2-------3---3--------0---0-------0---0---[
G]----2-------2---2-------2----0-------0---0-------0-[
D]--0-----------0------------------------------------[
A]---------------------------------------------------[
E]---------------------------3-----------3-----------[

The whole sond goes like this.  Play the root of the chord first
then the 4th 5th and 6th srings follow and then back up.

D                   G               D                       G    D
When the day is long and the night,    the night is yours alone
                               G                 D                 G
When you're sure you've had enough of this life,    well hang on

E(low)---3---2---0--

Em                  A  Em                  A       Em
Don't let yourself go,        everybody cries
                A               D    G    D    G
and everybody hurts sometimes

                           D    G                          D
Sometimes everything is wrong,     now it's time to sing along
                           G                   D
When your day is night alone             (hold on, hold on)
                          G                   D
If you feel like letting go              (hold on)
                              G              D                 G
When you think you've had too much of this life,     well hang on

E(low)---3---2---0--

Em               A  Em                                A       Em
     Everybody hurts,        take comfort in your friends
            A
Everybody hurts,

Bridge:
F#                   Bm        F#    Bm     F#                    Bm
   Don't throw your hand,      oh    no,        don't throw your hand
C                                     G     C                              Am
     when you feel like you're alone,       no, no, no, you are not alone

D                         G                D                               G
    If you're on your own    in this life,    the days and nights are long
D                                G                    D              G
    When you think you've had too much, of this life,    to hang on

E(low)---3---2---0--

Em                        A      Em
    Well everybody hurts,   sometimes
                 A    Em                    A       D      G
Everybody cries,           everybody hurts,   sometimes
                    D      G         D/A       G        D
But everybody hurts   sometimes so hold on, hold on, hold on,
        G        D        G        D        G
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on,
          D       G   D   G
Everybody hurts
D                 G   D   G   D   G
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