Shape of You
by Ed Sheeran • Lesson #60 • Apr 24, 2017
Here’s an acoustic guitar lesson for Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. I’ll show you a few ways to tackle things, from the riffs to the chords and strumming. Check it out, and I hope you enjoy!
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Capo and chords needed
This entire song uses the same progression:
C#m . . . F#m . . . A . . . B . . .
These chords the vi, ii, IV, and V triads in the key of E major. By adding a capo, we can play the same relative progression but use different chord shapes. Here’s a map of the chords you’d need, depending on where you used a capo (if at all):
vi ii IV V ------------------ No Capo C#m F#m A B Capo 2 Bm Em G A Capo 4 Am Dm F G Capo 9 Em Am C D
In this lesson, I’ll show you how to play the chords and intro riff for each the keys above.
No capo (key of E / C# minor)
E –––4––––2––––5––––7–––– B –––5––––2––––5––––7–––– G –––6––––2––––6––––8–––– D –––6––––4––––7––––9–––– A –––4––––4––––7––––9–––– E ––––––––2––––5––––7–––– C#m F#m A B
Intro riff, using one string:
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G –––6–9–6–––6–9–6–––6–9–6–––8–6–4–––––– D –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Intro riff, using two strings:
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––––5–––––––5–––––––5–––––4–––––––––– G –––6–––6–––6–––6–––6–––6–––––6–4–––––– D –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Capo 2 (key of D / B minor)
E –––2––––0––––3––––0–––– B –––3––––0––––0––––2–––– G –––4––––0––––0––––2–––– D –––4––––2––––0––––2–––– A –––2––––2––––2––––0–––– E ––––––––0––––3––––––––– Bm Em G A
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––––3–––––––––3–––––––––3–––––––2––––––– G –––4–––4–––––4–––4–––––4–––4–––––––4–2––– D ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A –––2–2–2–––––––––––––––––––––––––0–0–0––– E –––––––––––––0–0–0–––––3–3–3––––––––––––– Bm Em G A
Capo 4 (key of C / A minor)
E –––0––––1–––(1)–––3–––– B –––1––––1––––1––––0–––– G –––2––––2––––2––––0–––– D –––2––––0––––3––––0–––– A –––0––––––––(3)–––2–––– E ––––––––––––(1)–––3–––– Am Dm7 F G
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––––1–––––––––1–––––––––1–––––––0––––––– G –––2–––2–––––2–––2–––––2–––2–––––––2–0––– D –––––––––––––0–0–0–––––3–3–3––––––––––––– A –––0–0–0––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–3–3––– Am Dm7 F G
Capo 9 (key of G / E minor)
E –––0––––0––––0––––2–––– B –––0––––1––––1––––3–––– G –––0––––2––––0––––2–––– D –––2––––2––––2––––0–––– A –––2––––0––––3––––––––– E –––0––––––––––––––––––– Em Am C D
Intro riff, lower octave:
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D –––2–5–2–––––2–5–2–––––2–5–2–––––4–2–0––– A –––––––––––––0–0–0–––––3–3–3–––––0–0–0––– E –––0–0–0––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Em Am C D
Intro riff, higher octave:
E –––0–3–0–––––0–3–0–––––0–3–0–––––2–0––––– B ––(0)–––––––(1)–––––––(1)–––––––(3)––3––– G ––(0)–––––––(2)–––––––(0)–––––––(2)–––––– D –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–0–0––– A –––––––––––––0–0–0–––––3–3–3––––––––––––– E –––0–0–0––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Em Am C D
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