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Lesson notes

Everybody Hurts is a song by American rock band R.E.M. It appears on their 1992 album ‘Automatic for the People’ and was released as a single in 1993.

It features a flatpicking arrangement in the key of D, with a few chords out of the key,which appear in the bridge.

The lesson takes a look at the chords, the picking and strumming in 6/8, and in particular how to transition smoothly from one chord to the next.

It’s up to the student to use a pick or fingers to play through the song. Anyone still working on their flatpicking skills are certainly encouraged to use one.