Guitar lesson for
A Million Dreams
by Greatest Showman • Lesson #128
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In this lesson I’ll show you how to play “A Million Dreams” from the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman - complete with chords, intro tabs, and strumming pattern help! Stick around, you’ll enjoy yourself.
- 0:58 Intro fingerpicking w/ tabs
- 8:38 Verse/chorus chords & strumming
Play-along cover of entire song
Here’s a video of me playing the intro, verse, pre-chorus, and chorus.
Here’s the full tab:
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––3–––––3–––––3–––––––––––––––––1–––––0–– G –––––4–––––4–––––4–––––4–––––2–––––2–––––2–––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––0–––––––––––––– D ––5–––––5–––––5–––––5–––––4–––––4–––––4–––––4–––––2–––––2–––––2–––––2––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––3–––––3–––––3––––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G D/F# Em C 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G –––––4–––––4–––––4–––––4–––––2–––––2–––––––––––2–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–––––0–– D ––5–––––5–––––5–––––5–––––4–––––4–––––4–––––4––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––3–––––3–––––3–––––3–––––3–––––3–––––3––––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G D/F# C C 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
If you’re just learning this, first understand these key chord shapes (and add the fingerpicking only after you have these down pat):
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ––4–––––––––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0––––––––––––––––––––––– D ––5–––––––––––––––––––––––4–––––––––––––––––––––––2––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––––––––––––––––––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G D/F# Em C 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
Intro tab chord finger positions
This is how I recommend placing your left hand fingers when playing these chords. This will ensure the transitions are as easy as possible.
E –––––– B –––––– G ––4––– <-- left middle D ––5––– <-- left ring A –––––– E –––––– G E –––––– B –––––– G ––2––– <-- left index D ––4––– <-- left ring A –––––– E –––––– D/F# E –––––– B ––3––– <-- left pinky G –––––– D ––2––– <-- left middle A –––––– E –––––– Em E –––––– B –(1)–– <-- left index G ––0––– <-- open (no left finger) D –––––– A ––3––– <-- left ring E –––––– C
Simplest strumming pattern is down strums on the 2 and 4 beats (make sure these get the accent).
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D D > > > >
If you want to strum a bit more, do a “Down, down up… up down up…” that repeats. Likewise, accent the 2 and the 4 count.
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D U U D U D D U U D U > > > >-
Chord progressions for the song
VERSE G . . . D/F# . . . Em . . . C . . . G . . . D/F# . . . C . . . C . . . (play 2x) PRE-CHORUS D . . . Em . . . C . . . C . . . (play 4x) CHORUS G . . . G . . . D/F# . . . D/F# . . . Am . . . Am . . . C . . . C . . . (play 2x)
Lyrics w/ chords
Note that “D” and “D/F#” are interchangeable… the latter is an optional voicing where you have F# as the bass note, the emphasize the descending bass line. If you don’t already know (or want) to play D/F#, then just replace it below with a D wherever you see it.
VERSE G D/F# Em C G ...I close my eyes... and I can see... the world that's waiting up for me G D/F# C ......That I call my own G D/F# Em C G ...Through the dark... through the door... through where no one's been before G D/F# C ......But it feels like home PRE-CHORUS D Em C ...They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy D Em C ...They can say, they can say I've lost my mind D Em C ...I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy D Em C ...We can live in a world that we design CHORUS G D/F# 'Cause every night I lie in bed... the brightest colors fill my head Am C A million dreams are keeping me awake G D/F# I think of what the world could be... a vision of the one I see Am C A million dreams is all it's gonna take C (let ring) A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
Repeat the progressions above for the additional verse and pre-chorus and chorus sections. Thanks and good luck!
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