The_Verve-Urban_Hymns-Frontal I remember the very day Urban Hymns was released. I took the day off of work (it was that important to me), bought the CD at Sam Goody, and drove around blaring it from my car stereo.

I had been playing in my new band for almost a year, and the four of us were obsessed with The Verve. That was an extremely optimistic time for me, as my band was achieving local and regional success very easily — and the up-beat Bitter Sweet Symphony seemed to capture the momentum of that time period.

The aptly titled Bitter Sweet Symphony, was The Verve’s only hit song, and in a bizarre twist of fate, they lost all of their publishing rights to Mick Jagger and Kieth Richards.

How to Play Bitter Sweet Symphony for classical guitar:

For such a simple and straightforward tab, Bitter Sweet Symphony was difficult to refine and record.  I actually had a far more complex version then this, but decided to opt for an easier transcription that is falls within, what I feel is the scope of this blog: reasonable stuff to play for the practicing guitarist.

Enjoy, the tab is available below:

Bitter Sweet Symphony is in standard tuning with a capo on the second fret.  The tab is written relative to the capo, so the fret that immediately follows the capo is considered the 1st fret.  

Bitter Sweet Symphony (Tab)

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