Guitar lesson for

How Far I'll Go

by Alessia Cara

Video lesson

Capo 4th fret!

This lets you avoid scary barre chords. If you want to play the song without a capo, it’s in the key of E… transpose everything you see below accordingly.

Chord progressions

VERSE
"I've been staring at the edge of the water..."
C . . . Dm . . . Am . . . F . . .  
C . . . Dm . . . Am . . . F . . .

PRE-CHORUS
"Every turn I take, every trail I track..."
Am . . . G . . . C . . . Fm . . .

CHORUS
"See the line where the sky meets the sea..."
C . . . G . . . Am . . . F  . . .
C . . . G . . . Am . . . Fm . . .

Chords with lyrics

(capo 4)

C                                    Dm  
I've been staring at the edge of the water
                Am                          F
Long as I can remember, never really knowing why
C                             Dm
I wish I could be the perfect daughter
                       Am                         F
But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try

           Am
.....Every turn I take, every trail I track
           G
.....Every path I make, every road leads back
           C
....To the place I know, where I cannot go
           Fm
...Where I long to be

        C                                    G
See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me...
           Am                  F
And no one knows... how far it goes
       F                                    G
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
             Am         Fm                                      C
One day I'll know, If I go there's just no telling how far I'll go

Post-chorus riff

Totally optional, but this captures the Alessia Cara post-chorus melody. See my video lesson for context.

E —––––0––2––5––0––––
B —–3––3––3––3––2––––
G —–2––2––2––2––2––––
D —–0––0––0––0––2––––
A —–––––––––––––0––––
E —––––––––––––––––––

Good luck!

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