An Acoustic Guitar (either steel or nylon strings will work)
A pick (any size you prefer)
(Note: This is an easy- intermediate level song, these instructions are built for those that already play basic guitar with tabs and know a little about music. Even so, I have created as simple of a version as I can for those willing to try something new or above their level.)
Step 1: Tune Your Guitar
Step 2: Chords
Step 3: Chords
Step 4: Chords
Step 5: Chords
Note: This is a bar chord, but one of the easier versions of a bar chord.
You will be barring everything on the 4th fret, except for the lowest E string with your index finger.
If you have not yet learned bar chords, now is a good time! Or you can play the E Major chord in the next step in it's place, but it will not sound as good to the listener and it will not sound like the original song.
Step 6: Chords
Step 7: Chords
Step 8: Strumming Pattern
This will be your guideline after you learn all the chords to play them in order and with their correct strumming pattern.
IMPORTANT: You will only use your lowest E string when playing your E Major chord. If you use it during other chords, they do not sound correct to the listener.
The song's structure and strumming patterns are as follows:
- Intro: *Strum down once starting on your A string, then strum only your G and B strings. Do this pattern with the chords A Major, AMaj7, D7sus, and end with it on A Major again. This will be called the Intro Pattern. (You will do this during every Verse.)
- Verse *Continue Intro Pattern
- Chorus *Strum: Down Down Up, Up Down Up (DDU UDU) Do this on the same chords as the intro (A, AMaj7. Dsus7, A) This will be called the Chorus Pattern.
- Verse 2 *Intro Pattern
- Chorus *Chorus Pattern
- Bridge *Chorus strumming pattern (DDU UDU) 2 times on each chord: C#min(or E), D, C#min(or E), Now the pattern 1 time on these chords: D, E, Strum down on D once and pause..
- Chorus *back to A major with chorus strum pattern
- Interlude *Intro Pattern
-Verse 3 *Continue Intro Pattern
-Chorus *Chorus Pattern
-Exit chords -Refer to picture. You will use the same chords as the Intro, but with a different picking pattern. This is where you will need to read a couple of short easy tabs.