In the video tutorial below I’ll show you everything you need to know in order to learn how to play ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift on guitar. Here is some really good news for you. This song is very easy to learn, and almost an ideal tune to practice for any guitar beginner. The chords for ‘Shake It Off’ are straight forward, all you need is three basic chords and you are good to go.
So, before we go into the chords and the strumming pattern, it makes sense to get a feel for the song. That’s why in the video below I start off with playing the bass notes (A, C and G) to essentially mimic the melody and rhythmic pattern. Once you got that memorized and into your ears, we can start with the ‘Shake it Off’ chords, which are: A-Minor (Am), C-Major and G-Major. So, as I said it’s all easy-peasy, right?
The good thing is, neither the chords nor their progression changes throughout the entire tune. You keep the whole thing going all the way through. Now, let’s look at an easy strumming pattern that you can use for this song and many others. Actually, we want to look at two of them. The first one is very basic and perfect for a guitar beginner who is looking for a super easy strumming pattern for ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift. Essentially, all we are doing is rhythmic downstrokes. That’s what I recommend you should start out with if you’re in general struggling with strumming techniques. Admittedly, this one doesn’t sounds as nice as the second method that I demonstrate in the video tutorial.
This second strumming version is not that much more difficult, but it does require a combination of down- and upstrokes. The key here is to start very slowly and then gradually increase the speed. Try to think about playing the original version of the song a 50% of its original tempo and then play along with your guitar. Once you are comfortable with the strumming and the chord changes, you can slowly increase the speed. Usually, that actually happens automatically.
Alright, that’s all there is to say. I hope you found my ‘How To Play Shake It Off by Taylor Swift’ guitar tutorial and video lesson helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you right away.