Yellow Guitar Tutorial – Coldplay

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Yellow Guitar Tutorial

Hey everyone! Welcome to my Yellow Guitar Tutorial by Coldplay, from their 2000 album, “Parachutes.” This song mainly uses 1 easy chord shape, and is a great song for beginners or for those who are looking for an easy way to play barre chords.

This is a fairly simple song as long as you do 1 very important thing. You need to tune your high E string down to the note Eb (or D#). By doing this we can play “pseudo” barre chords (they don’t actually require you to barre) and just drag around the same shape as you strum. This one can be super easy if you approach it the right way.

First we show you the chords, which are all based around the E major shape. If you can play an E chord, you should be fine with this one! After that we go over a simple strumming pattern (that only uses downstrokes) and show you how to accent certain beats in order to make it really groove.

Then we put the whole thing together and that’s pretty much it!

I hope you enjoy the lesson and if you need any help please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below!