Intro 1 (Am) Play the open 5th string, 2nd fret on the 3rd string and then the 1st/3rd/4th/3rd fret on the 2nd string.
Intro 2 (Dm) Play the open 4th string, 2nd fret on the 3rd string, 1st fret on the 2nd string, then 5th/3rd fret on the 1st string and at last the 5th string on the 2nd string.
Repeat Intro 1 and Intro 2 once.
Verse 1 (Am) Play 2nd fret on 4th string. Play 2nd fret on 3rd string. Repeat both notes
Verse 2 (Dm) Play 4th fret on 4th string. Then play 2nd fret on the 4th string
Verse 3 (Am) Play open 4th string, then 2nd fret on 4th string.
Repeat Verse 1, 2 and 3 once.
Verse 4 (D) Starting on the 7th fret, play the melody in Verse 1 five frets up.
Verse 5 (G) Starting on the 9th fret, play the melody in Verse 2 five frets up.
Verse 6 (D) Starting on the 7th fret, play the melody in Verse 3 five frets up.
Repeat Verse 1, 2 and 3 once.
Bridge 1 (F) Alternate between 5th and 4th string on the 3rd fret.
Bridge 2 (Am) Play open 4th string, then 2nd fret on the 4th string and open 5th string.
Repeat Bridge 1 and 2 once.
The guitar techniques Hammer-ons and Pull-offs are used in the main riff in this song. The terms hammer-on and pull-off were invented and popularized by Pete Seeger in his book How to Play the 5-String Banjo.
Pull-offs: Bar the strings on the 7th fret with your 1st finger on your left hand and hold down the 3rd string on the 9th fret with your 3rd finger on your left hand, and pick the note as usual with your thumb on your right hand. Then pluck the 3rd string with the 3rd finger on your left hand at 9th fret on the fretboard, so the 3rd string now vibrates on the 7th fret. Repeat this pattern on the 4th string twice.
Hammer-ons: Bar the strings on the 7th fret with your 1st finger on your left hand and then pick the note as usual with your thumb on your right hand. Then bring down your 2nd finger on your left hand on the 8th fret on the 3rd string, the quite opposite of the pull-off.
Chorus: The first 4 strumming chords are played on the 7th fret: B, (bar 7), Ama9/B and (bar 7). The next 4 strumming chords in the chorus are played on the 5th fret: A, (bar 5), Gma9/A and (bar 5).
The Funeral on Band of Horses’ debut album Everything All the Time was released in 2006 and was named the 67th-greatest song of the 2000s by Pitchfork in 2009.
The song is divided into three parts: intro, verses and bridge.
The 1st bar in the intro is in time signature 4/4 with a melody that starts with Ab on the 11th fret and repeats with Eb on the 6th fret. In the 2nd bar the time signature changes to 6/4 where the melody is played as Bb on the 1st fret and then repeated twice in Cm on the 3rd fret.
The strumming chords in the verses are Ab, Eb, Bb and Cm as in the intro, but the time signatures are switched to 6/4 in the 1st bar and then 4/4 in the 2nd bar. The second time the verses is repeated, the melody is played in the 2nd bar on the 5th string.
In the bridge the time signature is 6/4 and the chords are Bb, Eb and Ab.
The melody starts on the 9th fret on the 5th string, then on the 7th, 8th and 9th fret on the 4th string and this repeats three times. Then the same melody line is repeated on the 4th and 3rd string four times, before it goes up two frets to the 11th fret and is alternated. Then there is a bridge with B, E, B, F#, E, B, F#, and the melody starts all over again.