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  • Hey there you, tuned in Cifra Club. I am Leo Eymard

  • And today I will teach you the song "Thinking out Loud" from Ed Sheeran

  • To make this lesson I used as a reference an acoustic version of the song sang by Ed Sheeran

  • using only an acoustic guitar

  • Because for us to play it its better since it fits so nicely in voice and guitar only

  • And because in the studio version there is electric guitar and other instruments as well

  • One more detail

  • I will teach it in the same tune as it is in the acoustic version

  • Therefore, it will be 1 tone under te original studio version

  • Before showing you the chords, let's take a look at the tuning

  • The E (6th) string will be D

  • The A (5th) string at G

  • The D (4th) string at C

  • The G (3rd) string at F

  • The B (2nd) string at A

  • And the E (1st) string will be D, again

  • After lowering one tone in each string, we are ready to play the song

  • one thing

  • those who want to play with the studio version, the one from the videoclip and such

  • just learn it the way I will teach here, then tune back your guitar to the standard tuning

  • Ok?

  • To play the 1st part, we are using the following chords

  • D major, which can be played without pressing the first string since we are not using it. Like this.

  • Next D/G#

  • G major

  • Can be done using only finger 2

  • and A major with finger 1

  • Remember, those are only "shapes" from the chords since the guitar is not tuned in standard

  • Let's go then, first part will be like this

  • I'm gonna play the fingering once then I show the details

  • Well, we are going to use the right hand thumb to hit the E, A, and D strings

  • and for the chord's trembles: the index and middle fingers

  • 1st chord, D major, like this

  • Notice that at the beginning the index finger is released

  • Then I play the 3 strings at the same time then hammer it in the 3rd string to form D major

  • hit it and then hammer on without playing again with the right hand

  • then punch

  • Indicated by the "x" in the tabs

  • then we play the D/F# like this

  • No mystery. The detail is

  • in the tabs it requires us to play 3 strings

  • but because we only use the index and the middle fingers, we just pull them up. Look.

  • Afterwards, there is G major. Played just once.

  • A hit. A punch.

  • To finish off, in the A major, we start by playing with three fingers at the same time

  • then thumb,

  • and one stroke

  • To perform this 'stoke' we whip down using index and middle fingers. Like this.

  • Attention to this Hammer On that we play using the 3rd finger at the 4th fret, on G string.

  • I also put these "X" in the tabs because

  • we use the movement from the Hammer On to stroke the bass strings using the Thumb

  • Notice

  • To finish off, there is one more hit on the A sting.

  • Alright. After practicing each chord separately

  • we add them all together to form this fingering pattern

  • which will be repeated the whole Part One

  • I am playing it twice here but in the song it is played several times.

  • Check it out

  • pre-chorus chords

  • The pattern here is similar to the one I just taught. Look.

  • I am playing the whole fingering here, then I will show you part by part

  • To keep things organized, I will divide it in 4 parts

  • The first one is like this

  • Here we keep the same idea from Part 1

  • Thumb hits bass strings

  • and we use these two fingers to hit the chord's trembles

  • At E minor from the beginning, we play like this

  • Well, here we just have to pay attention to the last but one hit

  • that's where we hit down the strings like this

  • thus, you will practice the E minor like this

  • At A7, we play just one time and then give it a little stroke

  • and at the last chord, the D major, we play like this

  • Begin playing normally

  • then a little stroke downwards

  • and a note at D string to close.

  • The 2nd part is equivalent to the 1st one. The difference

  • is that we keep pressing the A7 at the end, instead of switching to D. Look.

  • Now part 3, also very similar.

  • This part is just like the 1st one, the difference is that

  • instead of D major, we play B minor. Check it out.

  • Lastly, part 4.

  • Here we begin playing just like the other parts, at E minor, nothing changes. Look.

  • To finish off, we play down 5 times on A7.

  • Done. Now you practice each part separately, then add them all up to play the pre-Chorus.

  • At the Chorus, we go back to the fingering of Part 1

  • in the same sequence, repeating.

  • with just one novelty at the very end.

  • I am gonna play the Chorus once, then I'll show you what's different.

  • Well, as I told you, at the Chorus we will repeat the pattern used to play the 1st part of the song

  • By the way, it is what we play virtually all the time

  • Here at the Chorus it is played 4 times. I'll show you once, but while playing, notice that it repeats...

  • After playing this sequence 4 times, we'll play the last part like this

  • Well, also, no mystery here.

  • We play one time each chord, but this time

  • We'll use the index, middle and ring fingers to play the chords' trembles.

  • which are these 3 strings here. Look.

  • Only at D major we use back the pattern idea from the pre-Chorus

  • strike, bass, little stroke,

  • and one more hit on D string

  • After the Chorus, we have nothing to learn anymore.

  • You already know everything you need to play the song.

  • Second Part is like Part 1, only with different lyrics.

  • likewise at pre-Chorus 2.

  • Just pay attention at the ending, where we repeat the last part of the Chorus.

  • the little 'fading', using one-hit chords from Bm to D major. Remember?

  • I am gonna play the last Chorus for us to practice together

  • and to play the whole song, go back to the begging of this lesson and play along with me. Alright?

  • Let's go then. The ending is like this:

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  • Any questions, leave a comment here

  • Alright? Thanks, and 'till the next one!

Hey there you, tuned in Cifra Club. I am Leo Eymard

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B1 US chorus play string major chord stroke

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

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    Chen Ting Yu posted on 2018/07/21
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