In today’s lesson I’m going to show you how to play “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5! We’re going to learn the riff and I’m going to show you how to strum it using 4 easy chord shapes…
If you’re just getting started you might need some extra help. I have a few resources for that:
New to guitar and want to build a solid foundation?
You’ll want to check out the GoodGuitarist Beginner Guitar Course! More information here: https://goodguitarist.com/beginner-guitar-course/
For help with the strumming pattern and chord shapes, there’s my FREE RHYTHM GUITAR eBOOK – https://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar/
And for help with lead guitar stuff like hammer-on’s, slides and all that, you should check out my FREE LEAD GUITAR eBOOK – https://goodguitarist.com/learn-lead-guitar/
The song starts with the riff so that’s how we’re going to start this lesson. While this riff does seem quite long and complicated, when you break it down it’s really just one group of notes and two rhythms. When you think about it this way, it’s so much easier to learn!
So I start off by showing you the notes you need to play using TAB, and then we go over how to make it sound like the actual recording using two techniques: palm muting and fret-hand muting.
We spend all the time we need making sure that you got this – we take it super slow and practice together along the way and once we’ve learned the riff we move on to some easy chords and strumming.
The chords needed for this song are C, G, A minor & F. We go over the chord shapes and practice them using downstrokes only to give us a chance to work out the switches before moving on and learning a strumming pattern.
For the strumming there’s actually two ways we can do it:
- There’s a very simple way that will use during the breakdowns to create a backbeat (which is a type of drum beat – we’re going to recreate that feeling on guitar!)
- The other strumming pattern we’ll use is the most common strumming pattern ever!
Finally at the very end of the lesson I explain how to put this all together and get through the song from start to finish…
I hope you enjoy this lesson and I’ll see you soon!