What’s happening everybody? Sean Daniel with Guitar Control here. We are breaking out the absolute hits. This is Your Song by Elton John. Definitely a very famous piano song, but it sounds just as romantic and beautiful on an acoustic guitar. So make sure you click the link below, because I’m going to give the chords for what we’re doing here. And this is going to be an easy kind of singer, songwriter version. Really incredible chord progression. Really well written, well composed.
We’re going to break it into different parts to make it super easy. If you want to play along with the album version, you’re going to want to put a cape on the first prep. But I wanted to do this in standard tuning just to make it more accessible. Because again, this is your song. This is my song. This is your song, and we’re going to break it into the verse and the chorus. They have similarities, but basically it’s going to sound like this.
Okay, so now there is one variation and it comes with that last chord. But before we even get there, I want to break this into four parts. So again, let’s say two parts and four sections for the first part.
Okay, so really quick. We have a D major cord. Middle finger, second fret on the highest ring. Ring finger, third fret on the B string. Pointer finger, second fret on the G string. Now we can just strum it like …[inaudible].
The way that I’m strumming it and counting is like, on and two and three and four. So, down, down up. Up, down. One and two and three and four. You can do it just like one, two, three, four and switch cords like that. Or you can … Where it’s kind of like a hybrid between strumming and picking. But really just going to talk about the strumming for right now.
These first tow chords is going to be D to a G Major 7. Now the G Major 7 voicing that I think for this one, again, this is technically a piano song, is this one right here where we’re going from a D major …
You keep your ring finger locked in, put your middle finger to the low E string, third fret, and then your pointer finger, second fret on the high E string. You get a nice G Major 7 that is kind of piano sounding, I guess is one way to kind of look at it.
Then I think that last beat it sounds good if you take your pointer finger off. Again, anytime you see a G Major 7 or a G 7 you can always replace it with the G major. You could just as easily go D to G. But for posterity sake, D, A Major to F sharp minor.
Okay, so don’t worry about the F sharp minor, because there’s easier ways to play this, but first things first A major’s the third chord in that first section. Just open A to D to G to B opening to F sharp, D minor.
Okay, so a lot of people get upset at F sharp minor, right? They’re like, “God, you hurt. You hurt my hand with this bar chords. It’s ridiculous.” Thankfully you can buy the second fret with your index finger. Grab the fourth fret on the A string and the fourth fret on the D string. You use your middle finger. It’s kind of like extra power to lay down on top of that if you want. Or what you can do. You could actually do a prettier version of this that definitely works in this song that is a lot easier. Where it’s just your ring finger on the third fret of the A string. Pinkie, fourth fret on the A string. Pinkie fourth fret on the D string. Pointer finger second fret on the G string it. Just get a nice chimey open sounding chord, right?
So like a D. G Major 7. Okay, so it sounds fine. It doesn’t really sound accurate, but it’s easy and it kind of fits. We’ll go with it if you want. It’s up to you, right? It was a bar chord version and here is the open version.
After this we have this really cool descending. This is going to be section two, right? Now, it starts off with the B minor chord. All right. So, second fret on the A string. Ring finger, fourth fret on the D string. Someday I’ll figure out what frets these fingers go on. Fourth fret of the G string. Pinkie, third fret on the B string. Middle finger. Right? So what we have here is going to be kind of a base walk where you’re hearing in the base of the piano or the bass guitar in the song …
Two A. Open A. Four E. Three E. Right? So, instead of changing all the chords, what you could do, we’re really going to change the root note of this B minor. So the first way to do that, we just kind of get a … open. This guy right here.
Okay, so all I did for the first variation … We’ll call this like a B minor with A in the base. One, two, three, four. Open that A string up.
Now again, we want to get this note right here. There’s a couple different ways to do this. Some people use their thumb. as you can hear, I’m not a thumb player. I like swinging my middle finger through that root on that G sharp. Then having my pointer finger grabbing the third fret of the B string. It’s technically like a G sharp minor, 7 flat. Five chord if you want to look at it that way. I think it’s easier to look at as a descending baseline.
Then you add on a G Major 7. Which is really easy to go from this shape to this shape, because these two stay locked down. So you go from four E, skip the A string. Four four on the D and G string. One on the B string. You get your pointer finger up to the root note, which is the G and your middle finger goes for your pointer finger just was. Again, if you want to really just, you know, use your thumb for this, that’s fine too. But I really think this is a pretty easy way to do it. And it sounds like you’re doing something really, really cool. All right.
So again, section one. We’ve got D to G Major 7. To A major to half sharp minor to B minor. Open the A string. Get the G sharp there. That G Major 7, section three, is D, A major, F sharp major. What? B minor.
It’s easy conceptually, but we have our first compositional change where F sharp was a minor for the first time in section three. Now it’s major, because we’re kind of getting a little more hopeful. It’s really just a way to manipulate the class of a chord. Whether it’s major or minor to kind of help tell the story. Which I think is a really beautiful way to do it. It’s something that Elton John does in a lot of his songs when you really kind of dig into his playing.
So, something really cool to do here. D, Major. A major. You’ve seen these before. The only difference here is remember minor. The minor third was the second fret on G string. So instead of going four, four, two, we’re going to go four, four, three. There’s with the bar and here it is open. It’s up to you. Then just move that a string higher and you’ll end up with B minor.
So again, the third section is D, A, F sharp major, B minor. Section four, D, D minor 7, G, A.
Okay, so I want to talk about this real quick. The chords are easy. We have this D chord to a G chord. We have this D chord to an E minor 7 chord. You can go … You can play A minor, if you want, but I think if you play G chord like this, on middle finger, third fret, the low E string. Pointer finger, second part of the A string. Ring finger, third fret on the B string. You kind of keep your ring finger there. Then just go to that open E minor.
All right, just like that. D, E minor 7. Then you go to the G. Then A. Now I want to talk about that last chord right there. Okay. Now this A technically leads us back to D, which is where we start the verse over again.
So the first time you play that A leads back to D. A being the fifth. Like the fifth note of any chord, D, E, F, G, A is going to lead you back to the one chord, right? So the first time we go through that, A leads us back into the chorus, right? The verse … the first part of the verse.
Now if you want to lead into the chorus. If the chorus starts with a different chord, like a lot of choruses do often, maybe you should change that last chord to push it in a different direction. Okay. So at the end of section four, we have four chords like we talked about, right? We have D, E minor 7, G and then A. But what if it was D, E minor 7 and G, D? Okay.
That’s going to kind of give us a resolution to that and that’s going to kind of help propel us into the next part of the song, which is the chorus, which is going to sound like this.
So, when it the ends on an A, usually you’re going to a D in this case. If it ends on a D, a lot of times it means you’re going … you’re either ending or you can start at the chorus, which is really just an A major chord. So we’re going to break this into four sections. Again, just like part one.
This first one is going to start with an A. A lot of times you’ll see this written as A with a C sharp in the base. Which just means here. Because the fourth fret on the A string. If you replace the root note of an open A chord like that, you get a little bit more of a piano and versiony sound. But for the purposes of the video, we’re just going to play an open A major chord.
This is a so you can tell everybody apart, right? So again, we’ve got a A major chord to B minor to E minor 7 to a G or a G Major 7. A to B minor to E minor to G. Same thing really. Then we have that descending bass run from the beginning of the song, the first section. Then we have D to E minor, G. If we’re early in the song we have to go back to the A. Which brings us back to the verse or for the end of the song we have D major to resolve the whole thing. Okay?
So, really I urge you to click the link below to grab the tabs and the chord chart for the song, because it’s really something that even … Okay, well it’s two parts. Each part is four sections. A lot of the parts are similar. I think it’s really, really helpful to just kind of see it all in front of you and then just work on one piece at a time. All right. Be like, I’m going to work on section one right now. I’m really going to try to get these four sections for this part down. Then you’ll see that it actually helps with section two because some of them, like I said, are the exact same thing. This is kind of in a little bit different of a rearrange order. Okay?
Now there’s also like an intro that you can work on too, that you can look up. But really I just wanted to do an easy singer, songwriter version of this song. And again, in case you missed it earlier, Capo is technically on the first fret if you want to play it in the original key. The Elton famously sings it in.
So hopefully that made sense to you guys. Maybe it encouraged you to learn some more maybe intensive compositions. Really try making stuff up on your own because again, studying Elton John songs is really a masterclass and kind of songwriting compositional arrangement stuff, too.
Really a great song to learn on a guitar. Let us know if you want to hear and see any other Elton John songs. Let us know other requests you have and make sure to click around on the guitar control channel to check out other videos by myself and other fine instructors and we’ll talk to you all soon. Thanks a lot.
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