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Running Up That Hill

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If you’re right around my age (or older) you might fondly remember Kate Bush’s 1985 hit, Running Up That Hill. I was in second grade when that came out. Like everything from the 80’s — it’s a reminder of a far more optimistic and uncomplicated decade. That’s really the genius of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Their ongoing templet can reemerge the 80’s, season after season, and we’ll all love it, every time.

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My guitar for this piece is a Cordoba GK Studio. You can find a current list of my gear (recording & instruments) here.

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How to play Running Up That Hill | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for Running Up That Hill is beautifully written across 2 pages. Kate Bush was known for her odd lyrical syncopation. I would characterize Bjork as a similar vocalist, who’s unbound by convention. In terms of a fingerstyle guitar arrangement, this style turns a simple chord progression into something a little more complicated. I recommend this piece for intermediate guitar players and up. Enjoy! The guitar tab is available below:

My order of play, in accordance with the tab, looks like this:

Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus

Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus

Intro (as the outro).

For all the two note intervals on the 1st and 2nd strings — I’m using a swiping motion with the middle finger of my fingerstyle hand. I’ve picked this up over the years by watching John Mayer, and Gustavo Santaolalla. It has an imprecise strumming tone rather than a plucking tone. I suggest you do it, as it’s easier, and it can be a widely used tool in your arsenal. The technique is most obvious at the 0:39 Chorus section of the video.

Kate Bush: Running Up That Hill (Stranger Things) fingerstyle guitar

The tuning for this piece is a pseudo Opening G tuning. From Low to high: D G D G B E. Then a capo on the 2nd fret. For the actual key of the original song, put your capo on the 3rd fret.


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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.