In this Mad World guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play Mad World by Tears For Fears on acoustic guitar using the Gary Jules version as inspiration for the arrangement.
The guitar is in standard tuning but I placed a capo at the first fret in order to make the intro playable on the guitar as well as make the chord progressions much easier.
I use fingerstyle technique for the intro section. This section is also played during the chorus. It requires some pretty big stretches but sounds really great when you can put it all together. If you are singing while playing this, I have included an alternate way to play that section by just strumming the underlying chords during the chorus if playing the intricate fingerpicked stuff is too difficult while singing.
I then just strum the chords for the verse and pre-chorus using the back of my nails or the thumb.
This arrangement is based off of Gary Jules' amazing cover of this Tears For Fears classic from the Donnie Darko soundtrack. I just love the intimate quality of it.
Have fun with this one!
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