This is one of the few Ed Sheeran songs where he plays an electric guitar, and it's definitely a favourite of ours here at YGA. The Hendrix-esque flicks between chords combined with the really cool guitar solo midway through the song makes for a must learn guitar piece.
The main progression in the song is during the verse and the chorus, which are identical just with a different vocal melody on top. We are just using 4 chords with fingerpicking. The 4 chords are all basic open chord shapes, but as you are picking just certain strings within the chords, you can play them as shown below. When we get to the bridge (or pre-chorus), we have a few more chords to learn. All the chords are below:
For the groove we are playing the chord on the 1st beat, followed by the 'slap' on the 2nd beat. The slap is when you throw your right hand onto the strings to create a percussive effect. You then play the next chor on the "2+" beat. Here is the rhythm pattern:
For the solo Ed Sheeran is using the D major pentatonic scale in position 1 and 2 to create the whole solo. Thomas walks you through every lick, but make sure that are relating every single lick to the shapes below.