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On this post, we will learn how to play the Blue Oyster Cult’s most well-known hit – Don’t Fear The Reaper.
How to Play Don’t Fear The Reaper
This riff is a good example of a riff that is based purely on arpeggios. The open G string is the common note to all 3 chords that are arpeggiated, and the way it rings out on each upbeat creates a beautiful, chime like effect. Play each note with a down-stroke, except for the note that’s marked in red. That’s an upstroke.
How to play “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
The song features a cowbell prominently on the recording. A Saturday Night Live skit in 2000 featured a “Behind The Music” style program with a fictionalized Blue Oyster Cult recording this song. The “more cowbell” sketch is considered to be one of the best SNL skits of all time, and “more cowbell” has become a pop-culture catch phrase.
Don’t Fear The Reaper Guitar Chords
VERSE 1: Am G F G Am G F G All our times have come Am G F G Am G F G Here but now they're gone F G Am Seasons don't fear the reaper F G Am Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain G F We can be like they are, G Am G F Come on baby, Don't Fear the Reaper G Am G F Baby take my hand, don't fear the Reaper G Am G F G We'll be able to fly, don't fear the Reaper G Am Am G F G Baby I'm your man La la la la la, VERSE 2: Am G F G Am G F G Valentine is done Am G F G Am G F G Here but now they're gone F G Am Romeo and Juliet F G Am Are together in eternity (Romeo and Juliet) G F G 40,000 men and women everyday (Like Romeo and Juliet) G F G 40,000 men and women everyday (Redefine happiness) G F G Another 40,000 coming everyday (We can be like they are) Am G F G Come on baby, Don't Fear the Reaper Am G F G Baby take my hand, don't fear the Reaper Am G F G We'll be able to fly, don't fear the Reaper Am G F G Baby I'm your man La la la la la, la la la la la VERSE 2: Same Chords Love of two is one Here but now they're gone Came the last night of sadness And it was clear she couldn't go on Then the door was open and the wind appeared The candles blew and then disappeared The curtains flew then he appeared (Saying don't be afraid, come on baby) And she had no fear And she ran to him (Then they started to fly) They looked backward and said goodbye (She had become like they are) She had taken his hand (She had become like they are) Come on baby, don't fear the Reaper