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Summary: Happier

This Ed Sheeran song is a beautiful track from the album Divide. It's got a really cool little guitar part that uses open chords and fingerstyle playing. It's very repetitive through the song, so it gives us a chance to really master this part and get our fingerstyle up to scratch.

The Chords: 3 chord song!

This song just uses three chords the whole way through! The chords are simply Am7, F major (with C in the base) and then C major. These chords look like this:

Rhythm: Fingerstyle

To make this song like the original, we really need to play a specific fingerstyle pattern. Simone walks you through it in the video, but essentially we play the Am7 for 2 beats, F for 2 beats and then C major for a full 4 beats (one bar). If you just want to do a basic strum along version, without the fingerstyle you can use this strumming pattern:

    Keep Learning: Beginners Course

    Many thanks for watching this video and visiting the website. If you love this tune, but find some of the basics quite hard to follow, check out our beginners' acoustic guitar course! We take you through everything you need to learn to ensure your chord playing and rhythm playing is perfect, and we make sure you lose any bad habits you may have picked up! Check out the full course here: Beginners Acoustic Guitar Course.

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This beautiful song from Ed Sheeran is a really cool one to learn as it includes some really beautiful arpeggio ideas, alongside some pretty easy to play open chords to strum along with. It's Ed Sheeran at his best, and Simone walks us through it!