Hey everyone! In today’s lesson I’m going to show you all how to play “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley. The first part of this song is dead simple… it just goes D E A D. (See what I did there?)
The second part, however, is a bit trickier in terms of the chord shapes used.
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The lesson begins with the chord shapes used in the A-section: D E and A. We practice them with downstrokes only, and then take a look at a strumming pattern.
The pattern is ultra simple, rhytmically. It’s the bass notes that are going to provide a bit of a challenge. In order to play it like the original recording, we have to use “alternating bass notes.” So we pluck a string, then strum the chord, then pluck a DIFFERENT string, and strum the whole chord again. I go over this for each and every chord used in this song. I recommend spending most of your time memorizing and getting used to these bass notes, as they will keep coming up in many, many styles of music.
Following that, we take a look at the B-section, which has some barre chords and other things going on, but it’s not too tough. We work through all of it step-by-step and eventually we play through the song.
I hope you enjoy the lesson and I’ll see you next time!