A Thousand Years – Christina Perri – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on November 29, 2011

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song A Thousand Years by Christina Perri (Twilight Breaking Dawn soundtrack) on guitar fast with easy chords options, no complicated theory and without a capo (if you don’t have one or don’t want to use one). Learn how to play and sing this song in 2 easy steps.

STEP 1: WATCH THE GUITAR TUTORIAL

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

STEP 2: REFER TO TUTORIAL NOTES

INTRO:
  • C Am F C G
VERSE 1:
  • F C Am G
  • F C Am G Dm
  • C G (–clooo…ser..)
CHORUS 1:
  • C G
  • Am G
  • F Dm G
INTERLUDE:
  • F (this is optional, use it to fill space between chorus and verse)

[VERSE 2]

CHORUS 2: (chorus 2 is twice as long as chorus 1 but same chords)
  • C G
  • Am G
  • F Dm G
  • C G
  • Am G
  • F Dm G
SOLO: (Optional)
  • C Am F C G F (Same as intro, but ends in F to enter into bridge)
BRIDGE:
  • F Am G (–one step clooo…ser)
  • F C G  (–one step clooo…ser)
CHORUS: (FINAL) (Same as Chorus 2)
  • C G
  • Am G
  • F Dm G
  • C G
  • Am G
  • F Dm G
OUTRO: (Played right after final chorus)
  • F C Am C G F
Click Here for Chords & Lyrics on Ultimate-Guitar.com
Note: Chords on Ultimate Guitar may be different from the tutorial above due to being in a different key or because the author has simply used different chords from my version. Use the transposing tool available on their site to transpose chords to the key you wish to play in.
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BEGINNER TIPS:

Replace F Major with F7 if F Major is too difficult to play. Replace Dm with F7 in the verse and skip Dm altogether in the chorus if Dm is to difficult. In the chorus, to simplify it you can skip the first two G chords and the Dm chord. The original key of the song is A# so capo the 10th fret and use the chords in the tutorial if you want to play in the same key as the original song.

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CHORDS USED (5): C G Am F Dm

  • Tutorial Song Key: C
  • Original Song Key: A# (Capo 10th fret)
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STRUMMING PATTERN

Down Strokes Only:
  • down down DOWN down down  DOWN
Up and Down Strokes:
  • down (down up) (down up) down (down up) (down up)
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Help Me Dude – I’m a COMPLETE beginner and still need help

  1. Check out the Free Beginner Guitar Course and Lessons  on the site to see if they help
  2. Send me an email through the contact form here and I’ll do my best to help answer your question (silly questions allowed).

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    { 10 comments… read them below or add one }

    Apple February 14, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Thank you,this version makes me feel comfortable and confident to play ^_^

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    megan May 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

    i love this version of yours .. it is really easy !

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    vishesh June 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    just one word,
    ..
    ..
    ..
    BOOKMARKED :D

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    Hopwell June 23, 2012 at 7:40 am

    wwooowwww… so nice and so sweet…

    and can i request a song:
    title is ORDINARY SONG.
    thanks….

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    Samuel Carrao January 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Thank ur tips helped me out so much I leaned the song and I’m planning on playing for my girlfriend on valentines day.

    Reply

    tahmid October 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    awesome…
    dont know how to thank u :)

    Reply

    jitesh October 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Lovely chords just like song

    Reply

    Hannah January 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Love this, tutorials are super helpful and easy to understand!

    Reply

    Jonathan ESA February 2, 2014 at 4:16 am

    thanks this tutorial helped me a lot, and now I can play the song as it is

    Reply

    Jonathan ESA February 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    thanks this helped me a lot I just need to perfect it. Greetings from El Salvador

    Reply

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