Guitar lesson for

True Colors

by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick

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Lyrics w/ chords

INTRO

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––––––––––––   ...play twice
A –––0–––––––––––2–––––––––––3––––––––––––––––––––––
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
     Am         G/B          C         F

VERSE
             Am  G/B     C             F
You with the sad eyes... don't be discouraged
      Am      G/B       C            F
Oh, I realize..... it's hard to take courage
     Am            G/B       C                  F
In a world full of people... you can lose sight of it all
    Am            G/B                   F       C
The darkness inside you... can make you feel so small

          Am     G/B    C           F
Show me a smile then... don't be unhappy
        Am         G/B      C            F
Can't remember when...... I last saw you laughing
     Am              G/B                 C             F
This world makes you crazy... and you've taken all you can bear
    Am          G/B              F         C
Just call me up... 'cause I will always be there

CHORUS
                   F     C       G
    And I see your true colors shining through
               F     C          F              G
    I see your true colors, and that's why I love you
       F          C       E        Am
    So don't be afraid to let them show
         F     C         F    C
    Your true colors... true colors...
        G                   Am  G/B  C  F             Am  G/B  C  F
    Are beautiful... like a rainbow....... oh, like a rainbow

             Am         G/B     C            F
Ooh, can't remember when..... I last saw you laughing
Am       G/B    C   F
...Ohhhhhhhhh, ohhhhhh....
     Am               G/B                 C             F
This world makes you crazy... and you've taken all you can bear
     Am         G/B               F         C
Just... call me up, 'cause I will always be there

                   F     C       G
    And I see your true colors shining through
               F     C          F              G
    I see your true colors, and that's why I love you
       F          C       E        Am
    So don't be afraid to let them show
         F     C         F    C
    Your true colors... true colors...
        G                   Am  G/B  C  F             Am  G/B  C  F
    Are beautiful... like a rainbow....... oh, like a rainbow

Chords shapes for fingerpicking

Here’s how to play the chords needed in this song - and importantly, where your right hand fingers should go when fingerpicking them. For these four chords, you’re 100% on the middle four strings:

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

And for the E and the G chords, you’re going to move your right thumb to the low E string.

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

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 fingerpicking

β€œI 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

β€œI 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

β€œSo 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

β€œTrue 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           

β€œAre 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 β€œlike you” transition into re-playing the intro riff.

Learning the 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––––––––––––––  <-- right ring finger
G ––––––––––––––––2––––––––––––––  <-- right middle finger
D –––––––––––––2–––––2–––––––––––  <-- right index finger
A ––––––––––0––––––––––––––––––––  <-- right thumb
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
            Am

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

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

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

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

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