Grow Old With You
by Adam Sandler • Lesson #473 • Feb 13, 2023
Hey there, friends! Quick guitar lesson for Grow Old With You, the charming little love song from The Wedding Singer. If you play the chords normally, you’ll need a Bm and C#m – both of which require barring. But fear not! I’ll show you an easier way to play these chords — no barring required. You’ll simply be sliding the A-minor shape you already know up two frets for the Bm, and two frets further for the C#m. You can even slide your familiar A-major shape up to the 7th fret to play an open version of D-major.
What makes these chord voicings work? The 5th and 1st strings are open for ALL the chords (Amaj, Bmin, C#min, Dmaj) — and you can even extend this to the F#min and Emaj chords. These open voicings sound occasionally dissonant, but they create a very nice character to things that can be a welcome diversion from “the same old” — plus they’re simply easier to play!
Check out the lessons I link below to learn this powerful chord magic for the Key of D and Key of E – where you can use similar approaches.
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Related Lessons Teaching Open Chords
Key of A:
Open chords in the Key of A
Key of D:
Open chords in key of D w/ major & minor triads
Key of E:
Open chords in the Key of E
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