Elton John – Your Song Guitar Lesson
In this video guitar lesson, I will show you a nice acoustic guitar arrangement of the great Elton John song "Your Song".
This Your Song guitar lesson will show you how to play all of the chords in a nice and easy to follow manner.
One thing I mention in the video lesson is that in order to play along with the original recording, you can just play the same chords that I will show you in this lesson with a capo at the 1st fret. After that, all of the chords will then be played as if the capo was the zero fret. You will then be in the original key. For the lesson I will teach it is standard tuning in open position with no capo which will be a half-step lower in pitch than the original recording.
Since the chords were originally written on the piano, it makes for a nice chord workout for us guitar players. There are a lot moving bass lines and chord inversions that you won't see in a typical guitar song.
We will basically have 3 parts to memorize. First, is the intro followed by the verse and chorus.
Even for the intro you can get a nice re-production of the piano melody pretty easily on the guitar.
When attempting to play the verse and chorus chords you will want to focus on the bass line. Those bass lines moves around creating a haunting musical statement that works out great on the guitar.
If you can play bar chords you probably won't have much of a problem learning all of the chords found within "Your Song". If you can play bar chords but have problems moving from one to the other, learning this guitar arrangement of "Your Song" will not only give you a great song under your fingers, but it will also make for a great exercise to develop smooth bar chord changes.
Have fun with this one, it is truly a beautiful song!
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That’s a beautiful arrangement. This was our first dance at my wedding – my wife will love it. Thanks Carl!!
Great lesson and arrangement. More please like goobye yellow brick rd or crocodile rock or Hercules
Is there an easier way to play the first inversion A major chord for those of us that don’t have long fingers 🙂
Yeah this type of thing always crops up when trying to play a piano part on the guitar. The most important note is the note on the 5th string so maybe just play that single note as sort of a bass note instead of the full chord?
Thanks. I tried it but it doesn’t quite sound right as a single note. I’ll keep working on it.
Yeah it definitely won’t sound great without the full chord. But if you keep working on it I am sure you will get it.
That chord doesn’t really require long fingers, just good positioning. So try and figure out what could be going wrong in your hands to cause that. If you want to send me a quick video of you playing that chord and maybe transitioning to it via the Student Spotlight uploader, I will be able to see if you are doing anything wrong technically and email you some suggestions. Don’t worry, I won’t post it on YouTube. 🙂