Karma Police Guitar Lesson – Radiohead

In this free Karma Police guitar lesson video you will learn how to play Radiohead's acoustic guitar hit in it's entirety. Karma Police is one of Radiohead's biggest hits and quite fun to play as well.

I would put the difficulty level of the Karma Police guitar lesson at upper level beginner. The barre chords and thumb chords will be the only challenge in this lesson.

Karma Police is a relatively easy acoustic song with just a couple barre chords to keep it interesting for the more beginner level players out there.

If you feel you may need more help with the chords contained in this Karma Police guitar lesson I suggest checking out the lessons below.

Open Position Chords Pt.1 A & D Major
Open Position Chords Pt.2 E Major, A & E Minor
Open Position Chords Pt.3 D Minor, C & G Major
Barre Chords Pt.1
Barre Chords Pt.2

There are 3 sections total to learn and I break each one down separately in the video lesson.

After learning each section of this Karma Police guitar lesson, try practice playing one section into the next. Since each section feels quite different from the others it is important to be able to move freely from one to the other.

By the end of this Karma Police guitar lesson you will easily be able to play the entire song. This is as simple as it gets. I briefly talk about the strumming patterns as well. Once again things are pretty simple in that area as well.

Have fun!

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Karma Police Guitar Lesson Video


  1. glenn ross on November 2, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Hi Carl, thanks for making guitar as easy and accessible as possible for an older beginner.

    I’ve recently re-discovered my love of Radio Head. I was wondering/hoping you might be able to do a video lesson of ‘True Love Waits’. I can find it on other websites, but your style and way of teaching really works for me. If not – no problems, and thanks for what you already do!

    Cheers from Australia mate

    Glenn 🙂

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