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Castle On The Hill Guitar Lesson – Ed Sheeran

In this Castle On The Hill guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this hit by Ed Sheehan on acoustic guitar.

I will be using the acoustic guitar version of the song that he performed on the BBC radio show. A video of that is very easy to find online. We will be using standard tuning.

On the original recording, there are a lots of guitar layers, bass lines and keys for the instrumentation. Ed Sheehan did a great job of turning all of that into a stripped down acoustic performance.

There aren't many chords in this one since just about every section of the song uses the same chords, just in a different order. There are also no bar chords as well.

The real challenge of the song is the strumming patterns. I will break these patterns down in-depth so that you will know how to practice them. It is great that the chords are so simple because that will allow you to focus on the strumming.

I hope you guys enjoy learning this great tune by Ed Sheeran!


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Castle On The Hill Guitar Lesson - Ed Sheeran

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  1. David Weinzimer on November 22, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Hi Carl. Just want to let you know that I’ve been checking out your song lessons. I find you to be the most accurate of all online song lessons. For this song, though, you start on a D but in the BBC video, Ed starts with a G. Just thought I’d let you know. Also, I am considering taking signing up for lessons.

    • Carl Brown on November 22, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Hey Dave, he is actually starting on a D. His middle finger isn’t actually playing the low G note yet and that is what is confusing you. It looks like a G but he is just getting in position to play it. What he is playing is an D5 version of the chord open D/second on the G/third on the B string. That makes a D chord.

      In any case, you can play a full D major or D5 there if you wish since everything is just a simplification of the recorded version which doesn’t really play the chords on guitar.

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