Guitar lesson for
Don't Let Me Down
Playing the riff
All with one string!
E ||––––4––4––2–––––11––11––11–––––6––6––6–––––6h7––7––6–––– B ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Two strings, a bit higher up the neck
E ||–––––––––––––––11––11––11–––––6––6––6–––––6h7––7––6––––– B ||––––9––9––7––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Three strings, much higher up the neck
E ||––––––––––––––11––11––11––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––11––11––11–––––11h12––12––11–– G ||–––13––13––11–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
One octave lower, middle of the pack
E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B ||––––––––––––––4––4––4––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––3––3––––3h4––4––3–––––––––– D ||–––––6––6––4–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Single string, de la bass player
E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––4––4––2–––––11––11––11–––––6––6––6–––––6h7––7––6––––
Playing the chords
E ||––––0–––––––––2––––4–––– B ||––––0––––4––––2––––4–––– G ||––––1––––4––––3––––4–––– D ||––––2––––4––––4––––6–––– A ||––––2––––2––––4––––6–––– E ||––––0–––––––––2––––4–––– E B F# G#m
Capo 2nd fret
Note that the capo becomes “fret zero,” such that playing the 3rd fret in the tabs below means 3 frets up from the capo.
E ||––––2–––––––––3––––2–––– B ||––––3––––2––––0––––2–––– G ||––––2––––2––––0––––2–––– D ||––––0––––2––––0––––4–––– A ||–––––––––0––––2––––4–––– E ||––––––––––––––3––––2–––– D A G F#m
Capo 4nd fret
Again, note that the capo becomes “fret zero,” such that playing the 3rd fret in the tabs below means 3 frets up from the capo.
E ||––––0––––3––––2––––0–––– B ||––––1––––0––––3––––0–––– G ||––––0––––0––––2––––0–––– D ||––––2––––0––––0––––2–––– A ||––––3––––2–––––––––2–––– E ||–––––––––3–––––––––0–––– C G D Em
Chords + riff combined (capo 4th fret)
On the fourth fret, you can play the riff along with the chords via this tab.
E ||–––––0––0––––––––/–7––7––––––––2––2––2––––2h3––3––2–––– B ||–––––1–––––3–––––/–8–––––8–––––3––––––––––0–––––––––––– G ||–––––0–––––––––––/–7–––––––––––2––––––––––0–––––––––––– D ||–––––2–––––––––––––0–––––––––––0––––––––––2–––––––––––– A ||–––––3––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– C G D Em
Enjoy my lessons? Buy me a beer!
If this and my other lessons have proven helpful to you, please consider making a one-time donation to my tip jar. Contributions of any amount help make this project possible (including the many, many hours I put into it).
You can also support me on Patreon. For only $3/month you'll get access to a print-friendly PDF of my notes for each lesson.
Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Be sure to never miss a lesson by subscribing on YouTube. I put out 2-3 new videos every week. These include full song lessons, as well as covers, practice tips, behind-the-scenes updates. Thanks!
Recent video lessons:
📝 Print-friendly PDFs now available for all new lessons I make, including all those listed below. Get a free sample »
- Adding pinky accent notes to a chord progression (Practice Log #5)
Nov 11, 2018
- Adding pentatonic licks w/ strumming in A-minor (Warm Up #9)
Nov 8, 2018
- Maybe It's Time from A Star is Born
Nov 4, 2018
- Palm muting basics
Oct 31, 2018
- "One Horse Town" riffing on A-minor and C (Warm Up #8)
Oct 28, 2018
- Transitioning between Em7 - D/F# - G (Warm Up #7)
Oct 24, 2018
- "Pretty Woman" lick, played 4 ways
Oct 13, 2018
- Shallow by Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga
Oct 11, 2018
- Mudfootball G-D7 shuffle (Warm Up #6)
Oct 7, 2018
- A-minor murder ballad groove (Warm Up #5)
Oct 2, 2018
- How to play Fadd9
Sept 27, 2018
- Blaze Foley country strumming (Warm Up #4)
Sept 25, 2018
- Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis
Sept 22, 2018
- "Sultans of Swing" chorus lick (Warm Up #3)
Sept 19, 2018
- Learning how to Travis Pick with "Clay Pigeons"
Sept 13, 2018
- Lady May by Tyler Childers
Sept 7, 2018
Monthly email updates
If you want to keep posted of new lessons over email, sign up for my newsletter. I'll email once a month with a digest of all my new videos. I promise: no spam.