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Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult – Guitar Lesson

November 3, 2019

Hi I’m bobby Crispy this Video is printer Market our Lesson Series Okay get your cowbell out and hit it Really Hard Because This Lesson is About how to play don’t fear the Reaper by blue Oyster Cult Click, ok so I’ll play the riffs and then I’ll Show how They’re Played Note for note using tabs [ok], so here’s The first riff I’ll play Okay, That Starts on the Fifth string Open it’s like an A chord Part of a chord okay, Fourth string second fret Third String Second fret There Should Open Conducts its Part of A G-Chord [Top] string Third fret Fifth string Second fret Fourth String Open There [Should] open Okay, next it’s like Part of an F Chord [so] top string first fret Fifth string Third fret Fourth String Open [Their] [ego] Back to the Partial G. Chord Which is the Sixth Sixth string Third fret Fifth String Second fret Fourth String Open Third string upper Plate again Slowly you okay, when you’re Picking it you, need to pick all the notes Like this Or use your pick and your Fingers like This Whatever Works you okay That’s Played eight Times in The [Beginning] that riff then it goes Into the gorge Which is this okay it serves off Some F Chord to Beat G Chord Two beats A Miner for Four Beats F-For Two beats Ii to bits Then A minor G ah – beats G2B Okay, the prep, that’s uh A minor G-G-Gee You Best Played four Times Those are [the] Chords Played, over the Main riff as the Main dress Playing okay, then back to the Main riff Four Times and then the solo Break at 47 Seconds in the Song okay and play The riff first okay, first part of the soul Break is this Okay, so that’s first string 15th fret 13 12 Second String 15th fret [Bend] [Up] 15th fret 13:12 In Third string, well Threat 14th fret on the Fourth string The 14th fret on the Third String Okay, the next Part of solo is this? [ok], so third string slide up to the 14th fret Second-String 12th fret 13 12 13 14 Second string to 15th Bend Up 1312 Third String 12th fret 14th fret Fourth string Third String Fourth fret Okay, the next part so is this okay? So that’s Second string 10th fret The 12th fret Clearer Than Bender First string to a threat Second String 12th fret stir it off as Bent Up and back, We get back Down as you play it 10 Third String To A threat [right] Second-String 12 Friend Ted Then it’s on an [e] minor Chord There as a Break okay and it Goes in That Little Break here like This Okay so [it] Starts off on the Third string 10th Rep 13th and the [Second] String 13th fret You Play that five Times And then it’s to the third string 10th fret 12 The Second String 12th fret You play that six Times then you do the whole Thing over so you, actually play Twice Five and six Times did you do the whole Thing, over Five Times Five Six Times then it Goes on the soul Okay, which I got to Make Into A lesson mind me to Make that Into A soul as a lesson okay, then the Main Riff eight Times After The Solo Through the Chords Cetera Etc There’s The Main Riff Four Times okay, then the second solo Break Which starts at two minutes and seven Seconds Into the Song and This is it here Okay, so first string [twelfth] fret Second String Twelfth fret Bend Up 10th Hold it for A few Seconds and Back to the first string 4th fret Second String [Twelfth] fret Bend Up Tenth Then The Third string Twelfth fret Slide up Then Three Times on the Second string Tenth fret It Takes for A couple Seconds that [its] Second String 10th fret 12 12 and Up Slide Down to the 10th Eight slide Up to the Tenth Ted Slide Up to the TWelfth Tough Slide out of ten Okay, then, it’s the Main Riff again eight Times and back to the chords and then You go back [Into] the Main riff again and you play it over and Over and Over until the [solid] fades Manually okay, ah, that’s A lesson I Hope it’s Been Helpful Thanks for Watching and Remember Lots of cowbell okay, Thanks


  • Reply michael88h August 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Man I wish uda did this song years ago man….when I looked for it I couldn't find it I had to search for days. Now tht u have it out I know it's accurate lol

  • Reply RythymBeast August 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hey! Chill out you psycho pile of shit. You could be talking to a young girl who was only making a joke. Good God. Bobby liked it. Get a damn life.

  • Reply goodpappy August 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    When He coughs reminds me when my Brother was riding to work with our nephew and he was smoking a joint started coughing tried to pass it to my Brother while this song was Playing and Said "Come on Dave Don't
    Fear the Reefer!

  • Reply Utter Unit August 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    i know the full song already. thanks bobby. your one of the best online guitar teachers. im not being cocky because i know there is always something to learn but for a this year, i have not been in the mood to learn via online teachers. my new definition of fun while playing guitar is these new songs that are coming out. you were a great kick starter of learning but in order to still have fun i have to do these new modern "fun" but easy songs. thanks bobby.

  • Reply Maxsim August 20, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for the lesson, Bobby!

  • Reply Preston Andersen August 20, 2012 at 2:08 am

    This song is legit dude haha !

  • Reply Gabriel Serra August 20, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Amazing lesson Bobby, thanks 🙂
    And I love to see Robert Plant's face in your pickup during the solo ^^
    Keep rocking

  • Reply Gabriel Serra August 20, 2012 at 2:30 am

    It's actually James Hetfield, my bad…

  • Reply Mauro26 August 20, 2012 at 3:05 am

    thanks master for this lesson!!!
    it's a cool song!

    bye from Chile

  • Reply Tenaciousdomi August 20, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Hey bobby! Do you own an SG? Or a fender of any kind? Just wondering. Im loving the videos! Wicked song choices man! I was really diggin your tone in this video by the way.

  • Reply daffodilluvbug August 20, 2012 at 10:50 am

    its like….you were reading my mined or something o.o i was jest thinking yesterday that i wanted to learn this song 😮 well any ways thanks! lol

  • Reply Bard Crooked August 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I don't get the strumming part of the chords, on last Am chord, just 1 strum down? or always 4 up down up down on Am?

  • Reply BasswipeNC August 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Who the hell hates Don't Fear the Reaper?? That's crazy.

  • Reply Wayne Ashbee August 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Great lesson! You're the best teacher on the web, and you even got me learning some Metal. But you only have one Stones' song on your site. I have a request, if you take them, and that is the Stones' "Rock and a Hard Place". I figured out most of it, in standard tuning, but Ron Woods' lead eludes me. Anyway, we appreciate you in Mobile AL.

  • Reply oatmealpizza4u August 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    billy why u never pick songs i like 🙁

  • Reply bandido Desnudo August 21, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I remember on another video not too long ago, some guy was giving you shit because you're Canadian. So on behalf of your American viewers I apologize for his behavior and sincerely THANK YOU for all the hard work you have put in over the years, its helped alot of us.

  • Reply John Teichman August 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Tx Bobby. Solo please? 🙂

  • Reply Laurie Shone August 22, 2012 at 12:38 am

    The quality of your videos is getting better by leaps and bounds. Way to go!

  • Reply daffodilluvbug August 25, 2012 at 2:05 am

    ummm….. its Bobby

  • Reply licksnkicks August 25, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I'm so proud to say that Bobby Crispy is a CANADIAN icon! So very proud to be a Canuck!

  • Reply licksnkicks August 25, 2012 at 2:43 am

    We all love you! With all sincerity! A big fan of yours!

  • Reply Pirate Labs August 25, 2012 at 4:33 am


    Thank you so much for all that you teach us. I really appreciate the time you take to do this.


  • Reply pawnshops August 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Salt 'n Pepper – Seasons don't fear the Reaper….

  • Reply II-BadSport Vulture-II August 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Bobby crispy I just bought a Jackson electric bass guitar from the guitar center I had my guitar signed bye David Elson of megadeth he's really cool can you teach me how to play wake up dead and into the lungs of hell please if you saw my guitar you would fall in love with it thanks lol peace

  • Reply II-BadSport Vulture-II August 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    My bass guitar has 5 strings I'll try to show you photo of it if you give me your email thanks

  • Reply II-BadSport Vulture-II August 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    All your guitar are beautiful

  • Reply JamandTheHolograms September 4, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I came here for the Cowbell where but where is it? I gotta have more Cowbell!

  • Reply Painnsufferin September 13, 2012 at 12:58 am


  • Reply MotownLyrics22 September 15, 2012 at 3:31 am

    You're funny Bobby. Thanks and God Bless!!!!!!

  • Reply tunnza69 September 17, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Do some steel panther

  • Reply Jesse Salmons October 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Hey man could you do schools out by Alice cooper?

  • Reply PleaseSuffer November 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Hi, Im Bobby Crispy

  • Reply xpmark1 December 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks Bobby,those solo breaks are so cool.The first solo break at .47, the tab and your fast playing match up, but when you demonstrate slow and call out the notes,the last two notes on the high E string have vanished.That would be the 13 and 12 on high E string.I have watched it several times,so I hope there is nothing wrong with me so I should see a doctor.Your the best.

  • Reply Megashawn4 January 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    hahahaha cowbell

  • Reply globenson February 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    no, u r not

  • Reply PleaseSuffer February 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    You don´t say? *memeface*

  • Reply Connor Harding March 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

    i what your guitar 🙁

  • Reply WW2SRT March 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks a lot Bobby. I always enjoy your teaching. You make it easy for us. A+

  • Reply EricVonRockenheimer April 20, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Thanks Bobby….I learn the easy versions from others and then look for your lessons when I want more depth. Great lessons. You are much appreciated…..

  • Reply Diamond Dust April 22, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Then fuck off and don't come here on purpose to make this all about you. If you don't like the tune stay the fuck away

  • Reply Caleb Taylor May 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I just discovered this channel, and it is AMAZING! It really helps to see someone play the song. Thank you for putting time into these!

  • Reply YehWotEvaHD May 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Ty man! ive learnt it all just with u. i wrote it all down and i came back if i forgot something. Your guitar lessons are one of the best on youtube and i hope you continue doing what you're doing 🙂

  • Reply elfhermie June 16, 2013 at 12:46 am

    How many of you think the Saturday Night Live "cowbell" sketch was (and is) funny, but long for the days when this song could be played without somebody yelling "cowbell"?

  • Reply wantsfunny July 1, 2013 at 6:18 am

    I like how every song I'd like to learn, Bobby Crispy has a lesson on it haha

  • Reply Stillfly211 July 9, 2013 at 5:15 am

    you got the same guitar as me 🙂

  • Reply vinny July 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    i am the Bruce Dickinson and I approve this video

  • Reply oDerek313 July 12, 2013 at 2:51 am

    thanks man. great lesson.

  • Reply BillLuv1 July 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I Lme some more cowgirl er cowbell….

  • Reply Frank Chambers August 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Great lesson for a Great Song!!

  • Reply DoctorOrion1 August 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I never find this song easy. I can get that first little rift but after that it never sounds right.Oy.

  • Reply unknownhoserz August 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Bobby ur the best teacher bro!!!

  • Reply Al Musitano August 26, 2013 at 5:16 am

    How do you like that Les Paul 60's Studio? I just got one and I'm really getting into it. I was never a big LP fan. They're fine and all, but they're WAY overpriced. I recently needed a pro-grade axe in the studio and picked up this baby. I'm really falling for the sound and feel. She's a sweet guitar.

  • Reply DoctorBillS August 28, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Sorry Bobby the picking is alternate. Watch their videos…

  • Reply Chris Parks September 17, 2013 at 2:06 am

    WTF is wrong with those that give thumbs down on a FREE instructional vid?

    I suspect hateful little pricks that just hate anyone that actually does anything.

  • Reply Chris Parks September 17, 2013 at 2:09 am


    Buck Dharma calls it "cross picking."

    He also says do it however you can.

  • Reply N Hale January 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Great lesson ! thank you.

  • Reply mlg4035 February 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Needs more cowbell!

  • Reply gobeestart March 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    6:48 Sounds like Mr. Roeser slide from B 10 to B 8 instead of go G 12. Thank you for lesson !

  • Reply Mark Daniel June 23, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Very impressive job. You really show detail well and the sound was spot-on. You diagramed the song very well. It was easy to understand for players of all levels to understand. I am subscribing to your channel. Thank you for your efforts.
    Mark Daniel

  • Reply Dustin Wilkinson July 15, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Whats the srtumming pattern for the chords?

  • Reply Moscow On Fire August 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I guess you don't know how to play the main solo

  • Reply david james November 29, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    great lesson bobby

  • Reply Wataboutya February 24, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Nice job man. Great teaching tool!

  • Reply Tom Amon March 12, 2015 at 4:07 am

    So who is the guy in the reflection of your guitar pickup at 4:34 seconds into the video? Is that a subliminal picture?

  • Reply canuckeh! March 15, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    your lessons are fantastic we  thank you for great lessons , we all need to feel like a rock star sometimes 🙂

  • Reply chesley osbourne March 31, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Very good lesson

  • Reply Varun Bawa May 8, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Agents of shield! Agent garrett brought me here

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  • Reply Raizor1025 September 13, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Thank you, great video 😀

  • Reply Logan Flynn September 19, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    What guitar is he using

  • Reply Giacomo Bergonzi December 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    WTF Bobby. There is James Hetfield inside your neck hb. And he looks pretty angry.

  • Reply asd December 31, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Pedro Costa January 4, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    The only thing this video is missing is more cowbell!

  • Reply csnymoodiesfan January 28, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    What are the power chords while the second solo is being played? I'm having a hard time figuring that out.

  • Reply Roge BGoode February 4, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    TY. it reminds me of the Hollies. Long Cool Woman. I think that's the title? Haven't played this stuff in ages. Great easy lesson.

  • Reply IronMike May 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    TY for all the work putting this together, really helps a old like like myself learn m/

  • Reply Jonathan Arnold Mentz May 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Cheers DUDE! keep up the great work!

  • Reply jg the mexican no manches May 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Side good job

  • Reply Melanie Roze June 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    great lesson on a great guitar.
    the beautiful les paul
    compliments the good teaching
    with quality sound.
    very nice 🙂

  • Reply GrandMaster B July 20, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Great lesson .. Thanks

  • Reply Bwoosie Mowani July 27, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I'm a BOC fan and have listened to this song about a million times. I keep hearing everyone make jokes about "needs more cow bell"…… WHAT COW BELL? WHERE? WHEN?, AND EVERYONE ALWAYS SHOWS THE 4 CHORD PICKING, AND THE SOLO, but where is the well known triplets part?

  • Reply Chris koh August 5, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks heaps! great tutorial

  • Reply 6social 6path6 September 4, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    cheers for providing the lesson mate… but your tutorial is a bit misleading… the notes presented does not correlate to the actual song you're playing. For the first part of the solo you played 12 notes but only showed 10. what in the deuce is that about?

  • Reply NekoWolf October 28, 2016 at 1:34 am

    This is the only song ive ever learned and remembered at heart to a key thanks Bobby!

  • Reply Oscar Shapiro December 8, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Why dont jus put the tabs on the video, we dont want as a window, We cant recorded it

  • Reply icon plz January 11, 2017 at 4:40 am

    wow that commercial really spoke to me about what you want and go after it

  • Reply Muammar Kaddafi February 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    it's ok with studio version, but they played this song live in H-minor.

  • Reply Austin Sail May 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Great lesson Bro! Love the lead lesson too..The tabs overhead are perfect. Nicely done

  • Reply Bwoosie Mowani May 26, 2017 at 9:06 am

    dude you should see about getting a script for Adderall, or white crosses, or at least drink an expresso or 4. Listening to you, makes me nod out.

  • Reply bdavi485 October 8, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Very helpful, thanks.

  • Reply stag3t-m uspsa November 15, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Thanks bobby…

  • Reply Scott Ehlers March 25, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Maybe I’m an idiot but it’s difficult when I can’t see the strings and the chords at the same time

  • Reply shinviroz July 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    how to make the music sheet pop up if i acccidentally X'd it out? also, do you have a full version i can listen to?

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  • Reply Brandon Glenn October 12, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    I can't believe the part at 7:35 was so easy!!! Here is a way to make it even easier! You can play it as a triad chord: G-10, B-9, e-8 then G-7, B-8, e-7.

  • Reply Gary Gerkin January 21, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Just ran across your channel, great lesson and EASY to follow. Thank you

  • Reply Geoff Kennard April 28, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Very informative and very easy to understand I don’t have to use my ear to work this one outYou did it for me thank you

  • Reply Core Vic July 8, 2019 at 11:05 am

    You have ideal guitar fingers… Very long and thin. Wish I had those would make my playing easier.

  • Reply ScotchInozebest!1988 September 6, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Glad someone is adding the little fills throughout the song that add so much to DFTR

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