Hi everyone! In this lesson we show you all how to play “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift. As you’ve undoubtedly listened to the recording, you may have noticed it’s not like most of her other tunes in the sense that it doesn’t contain obvious chord progressions and such. But that isn’t going to stop us! Lucky for us, the chords are implied through the melody and bassline. I feel the ones I’ve chosen to use throughout this tutorial “feel” the most like the original song.
We start out by showing you the verse, pre-chorus, bridge and chorus. For the verse rhythm we quickly go over the “palm muting” technique, and spend some time counting out the rhythm in order to get an accurate groove. The chorus is where things really get different. The chords aren’t the main focus, we actually tap on the front of the guitar to get a beat going, which emulates the stripped down sound from the recording. The final chorus is a bit different and we go over that part separately, including my interpretation of the electronic synth riff played about halfway through.
Then the last thing we do (oddly enough) is go over the intro. Rather than just play the chords OR melody, I show you a fairly simple way to play a “chord melody” – that’s where we play a melody with underlying chords at the same time. This allows us to accurately capture the intro – and it can also be used over the bridge as it shares the same progression.
I hope you enjoy the lesson and I’ll see you next week!
Look What You Made Me Do Chords: