In this lesson I’m going to show you all how to play “Slow Hands” by Niall Horan. This tutorial’s a bit longer than usual because we’re going to show you an easy way to play both the lead and rhythm guitar parts.
Intro sung (amazingly!) by my friend, Eric Severinson. Here’s a link to his music: https://youtu.be/c9xvBwHDhqQ
If you need any help with the basics (chords, switching, strumming, etc.) please check out our eBook, covering all the basics of rhythm guitar (and there’s another one for lead!). It’s free for subscribers and you can find it here: https://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar
The lesson begins with the chords & strumming. We show you the chords needed to play the verse (C, Am, F, G) and practice switching through them using downstrokes only. Then we learn about palm muting, which helps you get a bassy sound (since the recording is really bass-heavy).
After practicing the chords and strumming for the verse, we learn the chorus and bridge, which require 1 new chord shape (E). After that, we practice them together with a different (but still simple) strumming pattern: Down Root Down Down-up.
Finally, we take a look at the riff (it’s around 13:22 if you want to skip ahead to this). I normally would play something like this on electric guitar, but I wanted to make this as accessible as possible so I am doing it on acoustic, and in a different spot than you’d see Niall’s guitarist play it. This makes it easier to keep track of where your fingers are.
After showing you the simplest way to play the riff, we take the time to add some embellishments that make it sound like the actual recording (there’s a slide, hammer-on and a trill).
This was a fun one to put together so I hope you enjoy the lesson!
Slow Hands Chords: