Guitar lesson for

True Colors

by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick

Video lesson

Intro riff

E –––3––––––––3––3––––––––3––3––––––––––––––––––––––
B –––1––0––1–––––0––0––1–––––1––0––1––––––0––1––––––
G –––2–––––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––––––2––––––––2–––
D –––2–––––––––––0–––––––––––2–––––––––3––––––––––––
A –––0–––––––––––2–––––––––––3––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
     Am         G/B          C         F

Verse

Play this three times:

E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––1–––––––––––0–––––––––––1–––––––––––1–––––
G ––––––––2–––––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––––––––2–––––
D –––––2–––––2–––––0–––––0–––––2–––––2–––––3–––––3––
A ––0–––––––––––2–––––––––––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Am         G/B          C           F

And then end by playing this once:

E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––1–––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
G ––––––––2–––––––––––0––––––––2––0–––––0–––––––––––
D –––––2–––––2–––––0–––––0–––––3––3–––––2–––––––––––
A ––0–––––––––––2––––––––––––––3––3–––––3–––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Am         G/B             F        C

Chorus

“I see your true colors, shining through…”

E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––1–––––––––––1–––––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––
G ––––––––2–––––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––
D –––––3–––––3–––––2–––––2–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0––
A ––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––
    F           C           G           G

“I see your true colors, and that’s why I love you…”

E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––1–––––––––––1–––––––––––1–––––––––––0–––––
G ––––––––2–––––––––––0–––––––––––2–––––––––––0–––––
D –––––3–––––3–––––2–––––2–––––3–––––3–––––0–––––0––
A ––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––
    F           C           F           G

“So don’t be afraid to let them show…”

E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––1–––––––––––1–––––––––––0–––––––––––1–––––
G ––––––––2–––––––––––0–––––––––––1–––––––––––2–––––
D –––––3–––––3–––––2–––––2–––––2–––––2–––––2–––––2––
A ––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––
    F           C           E           Am

“True colors, true colors…”

E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––1–––––––––––1–––––––––––1–––––––––––1–––––
G ––––––––2–––––––––––0–––––––––––2–––––––––––0–––––
D –––––3–––––3–––––2–––––2–––––3–––––3–––––2–––––2––
A ––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    F           C           F           C           

“Are beautiful…”

E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––
G ––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––––––––0–––––
D –––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0––
A ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––3–––––––––––
    G           G           G           G           

Then, on the “like you” transition into re-playing the intro riff.

Chords used

Intro and verse:

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––1––––––0––––––1––––––1–––––  <-- ring finger
G ––––2––––––0––––––0––––––2–––––  <-- middle finger
D ––––2––––––0––––––2––––––3–––––  <-- index finger
A ––––0––––––2––––––3––––––3–––––  <-- thumb
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
      Am    G/B     C      F

Chorus:

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––0––––0––––1––––1––––1––––––  <-- ring finger
G ––––1––––0––––2––––0––––2––––––  <-- middle finger
D ––––2––––0––––2––––2––––3––––––  <-- index finger
A ––––––––––––––0––––3––––3––––––  <-- thumb
E ––––0––––3–––––––––––––––––––––
      E    G    Am   C    F  

Fingerpicking

Use this general pattern:

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––––––––––X––––––––––––––  <-- ring finger
G ––––––––––––––––X––––––––––––––  <-- middle finger
D –––––––––––––X–––––X–––––––––––  <-- index finger
A ––––––––––X––––––––––––––––––––  <-- thumb
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

And here’s what you’ll play for each chord, using that pattern:

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––––––––––1––––––––––––––  <-- ring finger
G ––––––––––––––––2––––––––––––––  <-- middle finger
D –––––––––––––2–––––2–––––––––––  <-- index finger
A ––––––––––0––––––––––––––––––––  <-- thumb
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
            Am

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––––––––––0––––––––––––––  <-- ring finger
G ––––––––––––––––0––––––––––––––  <-- middle finger
D –––––––––––––0–––––0–––––––––––  <-- index finger
A ––––––––––2––––––––––––––––––––  <-- thumb
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
           G/B

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––––––––––1––––––––––––––  <-- ring finger
G ––––––––––––––––0––––––––––––––  <-- middle finger
D –––––––––––––2–––––2–––––––––––  <-- index finger
A ––––––––––3––––––––––––––––––––  <-- thumb
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
            C

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––––––––––1––––––––––––––  <-- ring finger
G ––––––––––––––––2––––––––––––––  <-- middle finger
D –––––––––––––3–––––3–––––––––––  <-- index finger
A ––––––––––3––––––––––––––––––––  <-- thumb
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
            F

E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––––––––––1––––––––––––––  <-- ring finger
G ––––––––––––––––2––––––––––––––  <-- middle finger
D –––––––––––––3–––––3–––––––––––  <-- index finger
A ––––––––––3––––––––––––––––––––  <-- thumb
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
            G

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