Guitar lesson for

In My Blood

by Shawn Mendes

Video lesson

Capo 5th fret to keep it simple

Head’s up, this will be an easy lesson of the song – meaning I’m going to use a capo on the 5th fret. This lets you use easier chords and avoid playing the F - Bb - Dm - Bb chords that are used without a capo. See my video lesson for additional reference.

Chord progression, big picture

The entire song uses this progression! C - F - Am - F, applied to the timing below. That is, 8 counts per each chord. Note I’m playing a simplified F, where I only use three fingers to voice the chord. Technically this is an Fmaj7, but I’ll call it an F for the rest of the song. Understand that everything I show you from here on out uses this progression as the foundation.

    C                               F                               Am                              F
E ––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––1–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––1–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––1-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––1–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
G ––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
D ––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
A ––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Verse, simplified timing

To start learning the verse, let’s master two things. First, the β€œpinch” where you pluck two notes at once to start off each chord. Then, within each chord you’ll play those same two notes again - but play them one at a time, starting with the bass note. Follow this tab, and see my lesson for reference. Note - this is a simplified timing compared to what you hear in the actual song! More on that in a minute…

    C                               F                               Am                              F
E ––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
G ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––
D ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––3–––––––3–––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––3–––––––3–––––––3–––––––––
A ––3–––––3–––––––3–––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Verse, actual timing

Once you’ve mastered the previous step, the next challenge is to implement the actual timing that Shawn Mendes uses. For the 2nd and 3rd chords (F and A-minor, respectively) - note how you’re switching on the β€œ4 +” count before the measure actually begins. Also note, for these two chords you’re not doing the β€œpinch” to start off that chord. Finally, note how the A-minor has an additional flourish note at the very end of its measure. See my video lesson for reference, or just listen along to the official song.

    C                               F                               Am                              F
E ––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
G ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––––
D ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––3–––––––3–––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––3–––––––3–––––––3–––––––––
A ––3–––––3–––––––3–––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Pre-chorus strum

Next, let’s get strummy! Use a down-up-down-up, repeating, over and again - with an accented strum (β€œ>”) on the first down strum. That occurs on the β€œ1” and β€œ3” counts of each measure.

    C                               F                               Am                              F
E ––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––1–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––1–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––1-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––1–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
G ––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
D ––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
A ––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
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    >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >    

Pre-chorus strum, with melody

If you want to take the strum further, this little melody matches the notes he sings in the final two chords of the pre-chorus.

    C                               F                               Am                              F
E ––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––(0)–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––(0)––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––1–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––1––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––(1)––0–––1–––3–––1–––0––––––––––(1)––0–––1–––3–––1–––0–––––––––––
G ––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2-––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––
D ––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
A ––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
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    >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       

Chorus

Finally, you can do additional melodic strumming as shown here - this matches what it sounds like the guitar is doing in the album version of this song.

    C                               F                               Am                              F
E –(0)––––––1–––––––0––––––––––––––(0)––––––1–––––––0––––––––––––––(0)––––––1–––––––0––––––––––––––(0)–––––1––––––––0–––––––––––––––
B ––1–––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––1–––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––1-––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––1–––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––
G ––0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
D ––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––2-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
A ––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0-––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
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    >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >       >    

Lyrics

[Intro]

    Help me, it's like the walls are caving in...
    Sometimes I feel like giving up
    But I just can't
    It isn't in my blood

[Verse]

    Laying on the bathroom floor, feeling nothing
    I'm overwhelmed and insecure, give me something
    I could take to ease my mind slowly
    Just have a drink and you'll feel better
    Just take her home and you'll feel better
    Keep telling me that it gets better
    Does it ever?

[Pre-Chorus]

    Help me, it's like the walls are caving in
    Sometimes I feel like giving up
    No medicine is strong enough
    Someone help me
    I'm crawling in my skin
    Sometimes I feel like giving up
    But I just can't

[Chorus]

    It isn't in my blood... It isn't in my blood
    I need somebody now... I need somebody now
    Someone to help me out... I need somebody now

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