Don't Let Me Down
by The Chainsmokers • Lesson #24 • Jul 8, 2016
Here’s an acoustic guitar lesson teaching how to play the song Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers. I was drawn to this one by the intro riff – which I’ll teach you in a few different ways. Makes for good fun. Enjoy!
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Playing the riff
All with one string!
E ||––––4––4––2–––––11––11––11–––––6––6––6–––––6h7––7––6–––– B ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Two strings, a bit higher up the neck
E ||–––––––––––––––11––11––11–––––6––6––6–––––6h7––7––6––––– B ||––––9––9––7––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Three strings, much higher up the neck
E ||––––––––––––––11––11––11––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––11––11––11–––––11h12––12––11–– G ||–––13––13––11–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
One octave lower, middle of the pack
E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B ||––––––––––––––4––4––4––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––3––3––––3h4––4––3–––––––––– D ||–––––6––6––4–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Single string, de la bass player
E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––4––4––2–––––11––11––11–––––6––6––6–––––6h7––7––6––––
Playing the chords
E ||––––0–––––––––2––––4–––– B ||––––0––––4––––2––––4–––– G ||––––1––––4––––3––––4–––– D ||––––2––––4––––4––––6–––– A ||––––2––––2––––4––––6–––– E ||––––0–––––––––2––––4–––– E B F# G#m
Capo 2nd fret
Note that the capo becomes “fret zero,” such that playing the 3rd fret in the tabs below means 3 frets up from the capo.
E ||––––2–––––––––3––––2–––– B ||––––3––––2––––0––––2–––– G ||––––2––––2––––0––––2–––– D ||––––0––––2––––0––––4–––– A ||–––––––––0––––2––––4–––– E ||––––––––––––––3––––2–––– D A G F#m
Capo 4nd fret
Again, note that the capo becomes “fret zero,” such that playing the 3rd fret in the tabs below means 3 frets up from the capo.
E ||––––0––––3––––2––––0–––– B ||––––1––––0––––3––––0–––– G ||––––0––––0––––2––––0–––– D ||––––2––––0––––0––––2–––– A ||––––3––––2–––––––––2–––– E ||–––––––––3–––––––––0–––– C G D Em
Chords + riff combined (capo 4th fret)
On the fourth fret, you can play the riff along with the chords via this tab.
E ||–––––0––0––––––––/–7––7––––––––2––2––2––––2h3––3––2–––– B ||–––––1–––––3–––––/–8–––––8–––––3––––––––––0–––––––––––– G ||–––––0–––––––––––/–7–––––––––––2––––––––––0–––––––––––– D ||–––––2–––––––––––––0–––––––––––0––––––––––2–––––––––––– A ||–––––3––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– C G D Em
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