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Issues

by Julia Michaels  •  Lesson #76

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Editor’s notes

In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to pick up your guitar and play “Issues” by Julia Michaels. This is a “easy” acoustic guitar tutorial for this song, where you’ll need a capo on the 1st fret. I’ll teach you the chords needed to play the verse, pre-chorus, and chorus of the song. Tabs included!

Capo 1st fret

This is so you can use open standard chord shapes and still be able to play along with the album version of this song.

Chords needed

E |–––3––––––2–––––3–––––3–––
B |–––3––––––3–––––3–––––3–––
G |–––0––––––2–––––0–––––0–––
D |–––2––––––0–––––2–––––0–––
A |–––2––––––––––––3–––––2–––
E |–––0––––––––––––––––––3–––
      Em     D   Cadd9   G

Acoustic tabs

Here’s how to play each section of the song.

Verse

E |––––––––––3––––––|––––––––––2––––––|––––––––––3–––––––|––––––––––3–––––|
B |––––––––––3––––––|––––––––––3––––––|––––––––––3–––––––|––––––––––3–––––|
G |––––––––––0––––––|––––––––––2––––––|––––––––––0–––––––|––––––––––0–––––|
D |––––––––––2––––––|––0––––––––––––––|––––––––––0–––––––|––––––––––2–––––|
A |––3––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|––2–––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––|
E |–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––|
    Cadd9              D                 G/B                Cadd9

Pre-Chorus

E |––––––––––3––––––|––––––––––2––––––|––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––3–––––|
B |––––––––––3––––––|––––––––––3––––––|––––––0–––––––––––|––––––––––0–––––|
G |––––––––––0––––––|––––––––––2––––––|–––––––––2––0–––––|––––––––––0–––––|
D |––––––––––2––––––|––0––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––4––|––2–––––––––––––|
A |––3––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––|
E |–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––|
    Cadd9              D                 G                  Em

Chorus

E |––3–––3–––3–––3––|––3–––3–––3–––3––|––3–––3–––3–––3–––|––3–––3–––3–––3–|
B |––3–––––––3––––––|––3–––––––3––––––|––3–––––––3–––––––|––3–––––––3–––––|
G |––0–––––––0––––––|––2–––––––2––––––|––0–––––––0–––––––|––0–––––––0–––––|
D |––2–––––––2––––––|––0–––––––0––––––|––0–––––––0–––––––|––2–––––––2–––––|
A |––3–––––––3––––––|–––––––––––––––––|––2–––––––2–––––––|––2–––––––2–––––|
E |–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|––3–––––––3–––––––|––0–––––––0–––––|
    Cadd9              Dsus4             G                  Em

Lyrics with chords

VERSE

        Cadd9            D
    I'm jealous, I'm overzealous...
             G/B                             Cadd9
    When I'm down, I get real down, when I'm high, I don't come down
          Cadd9            D
    I get angry... baby, believe me
            G/B                                    Cadd9
    I could love you just like that... and I could leave you just as fast

PRE-CHORUS

        Cadd9        D
    But you don't... judge me...
                  G                            Em
    'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too
        Cadd9        D
    No, you don't... judge me
                  G                            Em
    'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too

CHORUS

                 Cadd9                     D
    'Cause I got issues... But you got 'em too
                G                               Em
    So give 'em all to me and I'll give mine to you
                Cadd9              D
    Bask in the glory...of all our problems
              G                                Em
    'Cause we got the kind of love it takes to solve 'em
                Cadd9    D         
    Yeah, I got issues..... and one of them is how bad I need you

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