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First off, you’ll want to know these basic chord positions for this song. Even though you’ll be fingerpicking (instead of strumming), I strongly advise you get used to putting your left hand into these full chord positions – even for fingerpicking.
E –––0––––0––––1––––3–––– B –––1––––1––––1––––0–––– G –––0––––2––––2––––0–––– D –––2––––2––––3––––0–––– A –––3––––0––––3––––2–––– E –––––––––––––1––––3–––– C Am F G
There’s also these slight modifications of the chords above, which are used in a few places.
E –––0–––––1––––– B –––1–––––0––––– G –––3–––––0––––– D –––2–––––0––––– A –––3–––––2––––– E –––––––––3––––– C7 G7
Once you know the chords, it’s time to learn the basic fingerpicking patterns. The good news: there is a ton of consistency here. For the C, Am, F, and C7 you have the same general pattern – lowest note, highest note, 2nd lowest note, 2nd highest note. While the strings played per each chord are different, it’s not terribly difficult to memorize. Print this out (or write it down) if you are having trouble memorizing things… the hard part will be getting your right hand’s fingers to play along with the instructions your brain will be giving them.
Each pattern below needs to be repeated (usually 8 times).
E ––––––––––––––––– B –––––1––––––––––– <-- right ring G ––––––––––––0–––– <-- right middle D ––––––––2–––––––– <-- right index A –––3––––––––––––– <-- right thumb E ––––––––––––––––– C E ––––––––––––––––– B –––––1––––––––––– <-- right ring G ––––––––––––2–––– <-- right middle D ––––––––2–––––––– <-- right index A –––0––––––––––––– <-- right thumb E ––––––––––––––––– Am E ––––––––––––––––– B ––––––––––––––––– G –––––2––––––––––– <-- right ring D ––––––––––––3–––– <-- right middle A ––––––––3–––––––– <-- right index E –––1––––––––––––– <-- right thumb F E ––––––––––––3–––– <-- right ring B –––––0––––––––––– <-- right middle G ––––––––0–––––––– <-- right index D ––––––––––––––––– A ––––––––––––––––– E –––3––––––––––––– <-- right thumb G E ––––––––––––––––– B –––––1––––––––––– <-- right ring G ––––––––––––3–––– <-- right middle D ––––––––2–––––––– <-- right index A –––3––––––––––––– <-- right thumb E ––––––––––––––––– C7 E ––––––––––––1–––– <-- right ring B –––––0––––––––––– <-- right middle G ––––––––0–––––––– <-- right index D ––––––––––––––––– A ––––––––––––––––– E –––3––––––––––––– <-- right thumb G7
For each chord name or dot below, play the fingerpicking pattern per that chord one time. e.g., for the “C” in the verse play the pattern 8 times total. And so on and so forth.
C . . . C . . . Am . . . Am . . . F . . . F . . . C . . . C . . .
F . . . F . . . C . . . C . . . F . . . F . . . C . . . G . . . G7 . . .
Lyrics w/ chords
VERSE C Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh Am Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh F C Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh C And I've been looking for someone to put up with my bullshit Am I can't even leave my bedroom so I keep pouring F And I ain't seen a light of day since, well, that's not important C It's been---- long C And I was feeling Whitney, me and my homies sip Houston Am Cars and clothes, thought I was winning, you knew I was losing F You told me to wake up, oh, my clock always stays on snooze, and C C7 I'm done CHORUS F To each their own and, find peace in knowing C Ain't always broken, but here's to hoping F Show no emotion, against your coding C G Just act as hard as you can G7 (stop) You don't need a friend........... boy, you're the man (repeat these progressions for remaining verse & choruses)
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