They Can't See
by Michael Tyler • Lesson #81 • Jul 8, 2017
Print-friendly Song Sheet
This is one of my few lessons that doesn't have a printable song sheet / PDF available. If you'd like to request I make one, let me know... it's always great to hear which lessons have the most interest.
Chords needed for 99% of the song
You’ll need to be able to play these chords. The C#m is most certainly going to the hardest of these, especially if you’ve never played barre chords before. If this vexes you, stay tuned – you can likely fake your way through the song and pull off the C#m without barring the full 4th fret.
E ––––0–––––4–––––0–––––0––––– B ––––0–––––5–––––2–––––0––––– G ––––1–––––6–––––2–––––2––––– D ––––2–––––6–––––2–––––2––––– A ––––2–––––4–––––0–––––0––––– E ––––0––––––––––––––––––––––– E C#m A Asus2
Pretty much the entire song uses this riff. You’re on each of these chords for a single measure (basically 4 counts), but what makes things interesting is how you’re only plucking 3 of the stirngs for each chord.
E –|–––––––––––––––|––––––––(4)––––|–––––––––––––––|––––––––––(0)––|– B –|–––––––––––––––|––5––––––––––––|––2––0–––––––––|––0––––––––––––|– G –|––1––––––––––––|––6––––––––––––|––2––2–––––––––|––1––––––––––––|– D –|––2––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––|– A –|–––––––––––––––|––4––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––|– E –|––0––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––|– E C#m A E
Understand that for each chord above, your left hand should be in the normal position for that chord:
E –|––0––––––––––––|––4––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––|– B –|––0––––––––––––|––5––––––––––––|––2––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––|– G –|––1––––––––––––|––6––––––––––––|––2––––––––––––|––1––––––––––––|– D –|––2––––––––––––|––6––––––––––––|––2––––––––––––|––2––––––––––––|– A –|––2––––––––––––|––4––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––|––2––––––––––––|– E –|––0––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––|––0––––––––––––|– E C#m A E
But on your picking hand, your fingers are only targeting the strings that need to be played.
For the E,
E ––(0)––– B ––(0)––– G –––1–––– <-- right middle finger D –––2–––– <-- right index finger A ––(2)––– E –––0–––– <-- right thumb E
For the C#m,
E ––(4)––– B –––5–––– <-- right middle finger G –––6–––– <-- right index finger D ––(6)––– A –––4–––– <-- right thumb E –––––––– C#m
For the A,
E ––(0)––– B –––2–––– <-- right middle finger G –––2–––– <-- right index finger D ––(2)––– A –––0–––– <-- right thumb E –––––––– A
And so on. Feel free to slightly deviate from these tabs if you wish (it sounds like Micahel Tyler does from time to time).
You’ll also need an F#m and B chords for the bridge (in addition to a C#m, which is shown above). Use the same strumming / fingerpicking approach shown above for those chords. If you can’t play a regular B, you can sub in a B7.
–––2––––2––––2–––– –––2––––4––––0–––– –––2––––4––––2–––– –––4––––4––––1–––– –––4––––2––––2–––– –––2–––––––––––––– F#m B B7
I hope this was helpful! This is a fun song – and that single progression isn’t a ton to memorize. Enjoy.
Enjoy my lessons? Buy me a beer!
If this and my other lessons have proven helpful to you, please consider making a one-time donation to my tip jar. Contributions of any amount help make this project possible (including the many, many hours I put into it).
Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Be sure to never miss a lesson by subscribing on YouTube. I put out 2-3 new videos every week. These include full song lessons, as well as covers, practice tips, behind-the-scenes updates. Thanks!
December 5, 2022
December 4, 2022
November 28, 2022
November 22, 2022
November 10, 2022
November 2, 2022
Browse my all lessons
By lesson type
- Strumming & Rhythm
- Walk-Ups & Walk-Downs
- Learning Barre Chords
- Travis Picking
- Learning Chords
By musical genre
By musical key
By popular artist
- Johnny Cash
- Tyler Childers
- Tom Petty
- Neil Young
- Chris Stapleton
- Willie Nelson
- Guy Clark
- John Prine