Is There Anybody out There

Is There Anybody out There? By Pink Floyd (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

Scroll down for full video lesson (with tab) of Is There Anybody Out There.

Is There Anybody out There is on Pink Floyd's hugely successful album 'The Wall'. It's a beautiful, haunting song that's fantastic for fingerstyle players to learn. The hardest part is to constantly let each note ring into the next and not let any of your fingers accidentally mute another string.

You may also find some of the fingerings a little tricky, especially watch out for the Am/F# chord that comes along in bar three, it's quite a big stretch! This song shows a great use of slash chords and hopefully will give you some of your own ideas for writing with them.

Is There Anybody out There was played on a nylon strung guitar for the recording, which gives it a smooth and warm tone, but it works just as well on a steel strung guitar too. The guitar part doesn't start until halfway through the song and is accompanied by an orchestra.

Is There Anybody out There is no. 14 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and subscribe to get weekly lessons for each song!

Song Facts:

  • Written by Roger Waters
  • Released - 30th November 1979
  • Key Am
  • Tempo - 119 bpm

The first four bars are all based around an Am chord with a moving bass note. As you can see the G, B and high E strings remain the same throughout and the D string moves chromatically from the note of E (2nd fret) to F# (4th fret) and then back down again.

In the next two bars the use of slash chords is still very strong, and this time the bass line descends down the A natural minor scale from the note of E on the D string, all the way to the open A string.

After this a static Am chord is arpeggiated for four bars, watch out for your fingering here and make sure you follow through with the video lesson to ensure you're doing it right.

Is there anybody out there Tab


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The second half of the piece has its difficulties too, watch out for the run of notes played after the G chord, this part feels fast and it's hard to get all the notes to run together smoothly. Also try to add in the slide on the G string from B (4th fret) to A (2nd fret). Up to speed it's quite tough to get it, but it is on the recording.

Is there anybody out there Tab

 

  1. Dave left a comment on 16th March 2018 at 3:24 am

    Cracking track…..cracking solo guitar!!
    Clear n easy step by step lesson.
    Keep it up n thanks!!

    • C.H.Murrin left a comment on 16th March 2018 at 8:33 am

      Thanks a lot! Really glad you’ve enjoyed it. New song lessons every Thursday.

  2. Farris left a comment on 3rd April 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Still remember hearing this track for the first time and repeating it over and over again! It was one of the first more complex fingerpicking songs I learnt… beautifully played as are all of your videos.

  3. Michael left a comment on 19th June 2019 at 12:59 pm

    During the second part playing the 4th measure on the 2nd line, aren’t the two strings swapped? I think when I listen to you play the G string comes first but in the tab the B string comes first. I’m really confused!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 25th June 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Michael, yeah that part is tricky but I am playing it exactly as the score says.

  4. chris zangara left a comment on 1st September 2019 at 5:12 pm

    My version of Is There Anybody Out There inspired by your version. Thank you so much! (added a little Led Zep coda for good measure).

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