Guitar lesson for

River

by Ed Sheeran

Video lesson

Note about capo and tuning

To play this song in standard tuning with no capo, youโ€™ll need many difficult barre chords (shown below). You can make the song easier in two ways:

  1. Use a capo on the 4th fret
  2. Tune all your guitar strings down 1/2 step

Most of what I show in this lesson is for the capo 4th fret approach, though Iโ€™ll explain the no-capo-standard-tuning version too.

Intro tab

Capo 4

E โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
B โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
G โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
D โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“2โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“2โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“4โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
A โ€“โ€“2โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“2โ€“โ€“โ€“3โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“2โ€“โ€“โ€“2โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“2โ€“โ€“โ€“3โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“5โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
E โ€“โ€“0โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“3โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“3โ€“โ€“โ€“0โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“3โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
    Em          G   C           G   Em          G   C           D   
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

No capo (standard tuning)

E โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
B โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
G โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
D โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“(9)โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“(9)โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“11โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
A โ€“โ€“6โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“9โ€“โ€“โ€“11โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“9โ€“โ€“โ€“6โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“9โ€“โ€“โ€“11โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“13โ€“
E โ€“โ€“4โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“7โ€“โ€“โ€“0โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“7โ€“โ€“โ€“4โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“7โ€“โ€“โ€“0โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
    G#m         B   E           B   G#m         B   E           F#
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

E โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
B โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
G โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
D โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“(9)โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“(9)โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“4โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
A โ€“โ€“6โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“9โ€“โ€“โ€“11โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“9โ€“โ€“โ€“6โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“9โ€“โ€“โ€“11โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“4โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
E โ€“โ€“4โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“7โ€“โ€“โ€“0โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“7โ€“โ€“โ€“4โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“7โ€“โ€“โ€“0โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“2โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“
    G#m         B   E           B   G#m         B   E           F#
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Verse chord timing

Capo 4

1  2  3  4  1  2  3  4  1  2  3  4  1  2  3  4  
Em .  .  G  C  .  .  D  Em .  .  G  C  .  Am .

No capo (standard tuning)

1  2  3  4  1  2  3  4  1  2  3  4  1  2  3  4  
G#m      B  E        F# G#m      B  E     C#m

Strumming pattern

I like to do this three times:

1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   
D       D   D U   U D   D U D U   

Followed by this one once:

1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   
D       D   D U   U   U   U D U

See my lesson for reference! I know this may seem tricky.

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