Comfortably Numb (Rhythm)

Animated Comfortably Numb (Rhythm) tab by Pink Floyd on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

Here is the backing (rhythm guitar) for this amazing song. In this ActionTab we deal with the rhythm guitar. We'll look at the solos in separate ActionTabs soon.

The rhythm guitar doesn't start playing in the song until the first chorus. Instead, keyboards start things off. You can hear that (and the solos) in the normal speed audio - under 'Tools' in the menu bar. To avoid a pointless gap at the start - we begin the ActionTab at the first chorus, where the rhythm guitar first comes in. This is true to the song, however if you want to sing the song from the start while playing guitar, just use the verse chords (see below)...

The rhythm guitar for the entire song can be divided into 2 simple parts; verse and chorus. True to the song, we are starting with the chorus chords:

Chorus: "There is no pain..."
D Major - A Major - D Major - A Major - G Major (this is a passing chord, so only play it briefly)

"You are only coming through in waves..."
C Major - G Major - C Major - G Major

"When I was a child..."
D Major - A Major - D Major - A Major - G Major (passing chord again)

"You are only coming through in waves..."
C Major - G Major - C Major - G Major

"I have become comfortably numb..."
A sus4 - A sus2 - A Major - G Major - C add9 - G Major - D Major

Then, keep on that D Major and repeat the whole chorus again (i.e. just repeat all those chords shown above again) while the first solo is played. After that, switch to the verse chords (remember you can use these for the intro too):

Verse: "Ok...Just a little pin prick..."
B Minor - A Major - G Major - D Major (passing chord) - E Minor - B Minor

Then, keep on that B Minor and repeat the whole verse sequence again. Very straightforward.

Now that passing D Major chord can be awkward, and what most people do is play just the F# note instead - like here. It is much easier to play it that way!

That is all the song parts! Just swap between verse and chorus chord sequences as needed. Also, don't be worried too much about using the fast strumming shown here. Although that's what's played in the song, it should be noted that the rhythm guitar is very light in the original recording. When playing live it is often better to slow down the strums (don't do so many), and just follow the beat. That captures the mood well, especially without a keyboardist handy. As long as you get the timing between chord changes well, it'll sound great!

The last solo is played to outro over the verse chords. Next we'll be looking at those phenomenal Gilmore solos!

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