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Table of Contents
1:35 – NO CAPO (chords & strumming)
8:27 – CAPO 2nd FRET (chords & strumming)
13:19 – Intro lick

Hi everyone! In this lesson we’re going to show you all how to play “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, featuring Daddy Yankee (and Justin Bieber on the remix). Aside from the intro this is a fairly simple tune (just the same 4 chords over and over). The rhythm can be a bit tricky, but we have an easier strumming pattern for those of you who are still working on beginner rhythms.

We’re breaking this lesson down into 3 main parts: chords & strumming WITHOUT a capo, then WITH the capo, and finally the intro melody/lick.

The “no capo” version uses 1 barre chord (Bm) and 3 open chords (D, G, A). If you need help with the Bm chord, I have a mini-series covering barre chord basics, which you can find here: https://youtu.be/EcnIrduepG0

Then we show you how to play it using a capo at the 2nd fret. The chords for this version are: Am, F, C, G. For the F chord, which is usually a barre chord, we show you a simple fingering that gives you a full-sounding chord without the barre.

The strumming pattern that I feel best suits this song is somewhat complicated. We spend lots of time breaking it down, bit-by-bit, to make sure you can figure it out.. but if you’re still having trouble, we show you a simpler one (which can also be found in our eBook for rhythm guitar).

Finally, we show you the intro lick and give some tips on how to best practice it. The best advice though, is to take it REALLY REALLY slowly, and work it out at your own pace.

Hope you enjoy the lesson and I’ll see you next week!
-James

Despacito Chords – NO CAPO:

bm b minorg chord guitard chord guitar  a chord guitar

Despacito Chords – CAPO 2nd FRET:

a minor chord guitar amc chord guitar

2018-04-28T12:37:27-08:00 July 14th, 2017|Categories: Learn A Riff, Resource, Strum Along|Tags: , , , |