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Hey everyone!

In this lesson, I’m going to show you how to play “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. We’re going to learn how to play it without a capo, and usually that means we’d need some barre chords, but I’m going to show you a neat chord shape that Taylor uses to allow us to play this song without any barre shapes.

The lesson begins with some basic shapes: D, G, A and a B* chord. The B chord is supposed to be a Bm barre chord, but we’re going to pull it off in a much easier way.

Once we go over some switching tips, we practice strumming the chords in order. After that it’s time to learn the strumming pattern!

This song uses 2 strumming patterns, but they’re both SUPER simple. We practice them both before putting them together with the chords and playing through the verse.

After that, it’s just a matter of learning each section: Pre-chorus, Chorus and Bridge. They all use the same 4 chords, but in a different order, so it’s pretty simple.

At the very end of the song, you might notice a “lift” in the overall sound… this is due to a “key change.” To play the key change, we need 4 new chord shapes: E, Asus2, B* and C#*. I show you a trick that makes 3 of those chords REALLY easy.

That’s it! I hope you enjoy the lesson!
-James

2018-06-02T07:58:40-08:00 June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Resource, Strum Along|Tags: , , , |