Everybody Hurts Guitar Lesson

Everybody Hurts by R.E.M (Guitar Lesson)

Everybody Hurts by R.E.M is a great song to learn if you're new to fingerstyle because it's not too demanding on your right hand and uses straightforward fingerpicking patterns throughout.

If you are new to fingerpicking and/or playing guitar in general, you may find that the bridge is a little difficult as it uses some barre chords. Perseverance and practice will get you to mastering this song. 

Everybody Hurts is in the key of D major and in 6/8 time, this means that you play 6 eighth note beats per bar and count 1 2 3 4 5 6 throughout the entire song.

Song Details:

  • Key - D major
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 94 bpm
  • Difficulty - Easy

Lesson 1

Everybody hurts can be played fingerstyle or with a pick, it really makes very little difference. However, this being a fingerpicking website I encourage you to play it with your fingers.

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The bridge is certainly a little trickier than the rest of the song but this is only because of the two barre chords you have to play - F# and Bm.

If you haven't played these chords before you will find it difficult to get all the strings to ring out cleanly and to change between the two chords. However, it is well worth putting in the time to get your barre chords mastered as so many songs use them and you simply can't avoid them for very long.

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Tell me what you found hard/easy and add any song suggestions that you may have.

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  1. Avishek left a comment on 30th June 2018 at 6:34 am

    Hey can you also teach more john mayer songs…….his styles…..that’ll help us master the fingerstyle techqunic

    You’re doing a good work by the way !!!!!!!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 30th June 2018 at 8:26 am

      Funny you should say that, next week’s song is Why Georgia. Then a few weeks after we’re doing Stop This Train and Neon too.

  2. Richard Bell left a comment on 24th March 2020 at 6:00 pm

    learning this song as my first finger picking song ,as a beginner on guitar period ,been playing about 2 years .A 63 year old Dog learning a something New.
    Is this a good one to start with as a newbie? great site keep up the Great work .

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 31st March 2020 at 10:45 am

      Thanks for your comment Richard. Yes I think this is a very good song choice for your first fingerpicking song. It’s got a nice simple fingerpicking pattern and has easy chords throughout.

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