How to Play 'Bubbly' by Colbie Caillat on the Acoustic Guitar

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You have a basic knowledge of guitar chords, music, and guitar tabs and you would like to learn a new song.  This will teach you how to play 'Bubbly' by Colbie Caillat.

Required Materials:
An Acoustic Guitar (either steel or nylon strings will work)
A tuner
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.)
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Step 1: Tune Your Guitar

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You will need to be in Standard Tuning: E, A, D, G, B, E, from lowest to highest E.

Step 2: Chords

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The first chord you need to know is A Major.

Step 3: Chords

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The second chord is A Major 7.

Step 4: Chords

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The third chord is D 7 suspended. (It sounds harder than it is, refer to the picture!)

Step 5: Chords

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The fourth chord is C Sharp minor.

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

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The fifth chord is E major

Step 7: Chords

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The sixth and final chord you will use in this song is D Major.
ADSweets2 years ago
Very nice work. I love all the details you gave, so I can essentially pick up a guitar and play without having much of any prior knowledge of the guitar. I also really love your photographs.
music.maker (author)  ADSweets2 years ago
Thank you, I really appreciate it! Also, your how to assemble a flute and making thin mint cookies were both excellent and easy to follow! You are an amazing photographer!
Awesome, wish I could play the guitar. Ukulele version?? Hehe.
mcraghead2 years ago
Hello music.maker,

As someone who has taught guitar to many people (including myself), I applaud your photos: a truly effective way to help folks make the connection between the lines and dots on the page and the ones on their axe.

Might I humbly suggest that you give that photo treatment to an 'ible on guitar tablature? These ones are great:
...but I think that yours would be a great addition to them.

On a tangential and unabashedly self-promotional note, here's some of what I do with the lines and dots:

Take care!


Take care!