Guitar/Bass tab – Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

This is “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, a song by Blue Oyster Cult released in 1976, which makes it close to 40 years old. Wow. There is also an Apollo 440 cover (1995) which I think is pretty decent.

The basic tune, which is in the key of C, goes:

  • A E A G
  • G B D G
  • F C D G
  • A E A G

This guitar tab is a pretty good rendition of the tune, so I’ll quote the main part below as-is (just added the string names at the left side):

     Am       G        F       G

Since only the top four strings of the guitar are used, the same tab can be used directly on bass guitar without any modifications.