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This week we’re gonna learn “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, exactly the way he plays it. I transcribed the song from the album recording (https://youtu.be/lp-EO5I60KA) and from this studio session (https://youtu.be/f6Cswdm601A). When he plays it, he obviously doesn’t play it the exact same way every time, but I think I managed to extract the essence of what he’s doing in the live studio recording quite accurately so now you’ll be able to learn to play this song exactly like good ole Ed!

The chords are pretty simple for the most part so it’s the strumming and fingerpicking that will probably require most of your attention. He combines a few methods (strumming in various ways, fingerpicking, string smacking) and uses them all quite fluidly so be sure to take your time and carefully learn the movements if you want this to sound its best! The one technique I’d recommend brushing up on (or learning) is string smacking – here’s a video where we go over that (and there are some play-along tracks you can try out as well) – https://goodguitarist.com/the-strum-slap-add-some-percussion-to-your-strumming/

Most of the chord shapes found in this video can be learned from our eBook (which is free to subscribers) – https://goodguitarist.com/ebook-extras/

The one chord you might have trouble with is the B minor barre chord. I’ve included a really easy way to play it in this lesson, but if you are brave and want to try out the actual barre chord here’s an article and some videos that show you the best way to learn and practice barre chords – https://goodguitarist.com/basic-barre-chords/

2017-05-18T12:45:46-08:00 July 8th, 2016|Categories: Resource, Strum Along|Tags: , , |