Playing ‘Teardrops on my Guitar’ by Taylor Swift on your guitar is relatively easy. The chords are rather basic, as a matter of fact you only need four chords throughout the whole song. Those chords are G-Major, E-Minor, C-Major and D-Major. While the progression alternates a little bit during the chorus, the chords and finger position remain the same.
Here are the pictures with the chords and finger positions used in this song.
Do I need a Capo to ‘Play Teardrops On My Guitar’?
I know that a lot of beginners struggle with the concept of using a capo. However, there is really nothing you need to worry about. All it does is it allows you to play your guitar in all of different kinds of keys without retuning it. A lot of my students have this misconception that you would need to learn a new set of chords when using a capo, but that’s not the case. You still use the exact same chords; you just play them in a different place on your fret board.
Anyway, for those of you who feel very strongly that they don’t want to use a capo, the video tutorial shows you the regular chords first. In other words, you can absolutely use the regular chords in their regular positions; you just won’t be able to play along with the song. Just watch the video below and I think it will become very clear what I mean.
In the following video tutorial I show you how to play Teardrops On My Guitar in three different ways:
1. Without a capo
2. With a capo and easy strumming
3. With a capo and some picking
That wasn’t too hard, was it? Make sure that you keep a steady beat by counting in measures of four. Each chord lasts one full measure. If you are still in the beginner phase, I recommend using a metronome. This will help you to stay on track with the rhythm. Start out slowly and then increase the speed as you become more comfortable with the chord changes.
Update/Edit on 8/28/2013:
Easy Strumming Pattern Tutorial For Teardrops On My Guitar By Taylor Swift
People repeatedly requested to put a a tutorial specifically around the strumming pattern that can be used when playing along with ‘Teardrops on my Guitar’. There are obviously many ways to play this song and the the video you’re about to watch only covers one technique that I think is easy enough to learn even for guitar beginners, but still sounds very good as you play this tune. Essentially, we’re talking about a downstroke followed by three down/upstroke combinations. Anyway, just watch this short tutorial, this should help you to get started:
Alright, that’s it. I hope you found it helpful.