A-Team – Ed Sheeran – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on February 6, 2012

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song A-Team by Ed Sheeran 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:
  • G C x4
VERSE:
  • G Em C G (--White lips... sour taste)
  • G Em C G (--Light's gone... strange men)
CHORUS 1:
  • Am C G D (--And they say...daydream... since 18, but lately her)
  • Am C G D (--face seems...the worst things...come free to us cos she's)
  • Em C G (--just under the upperhand... couple of grams)
  • Em C G (--And she... outside tonight. And in a)
  • Em C G (--pipe she flies...love to another man)
  • Em C G D (--It's too cold...for angels to)
  • Em C G (--fly...for angels to)
  • Em C G (--fly)

[VERSE 2] (Same chords as Verse 1)

CHORUS 2: (The same as Chorus 1 except for last section)
  • Am C G D (--And they say... since 18, but lately her)
  • Am C G D (--face seems...come free to us cos she's)
  • Em C G (--just under... couple of grams)
  • Em C G (--And she... outside tonight. And in a)
  • Em C G (--pipe she flies...love to another man)
  • Em C G D (--It's too cold...for angels to)
  • Am C Em G (--fly, an angel will die...better life)
  • Am C (--This time...straight down the line)
SOLO:
  • Em C G D
LAST CHORUS: (The same as Chorus 1, except for last section)
  • Am C G D (--And they say... since 18, but lately her)
  • Am C G D (--face seems...come free to us cos she's)
  • Em C G (--just under... couple of grams)
  • Em C G (--And she... outside tonight. And in a)
  • Em C G (--pipe she flies...love to another man)
  • Em C G D (--It's too cold...for angels to)
  • Em C G (--fly, to fly, fly, for angels to)
  • Em C G (--fly, to fly, to fly)
  • D G (--Angels to die)
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:

If you aren't very comfortable yet with chord changes, try playing G, Dsus4, Em7, A7sus4 and Cadd9 instead of G, D, Em, Am and C respectively. The chords look complicated but they are actually easier to change between each other compared to the basic chords. The sound will be slightly different, but the song will still sound OK.

The original key of the song is A so capo the 2nd fret and use the chords below if you want to play in the same key as the original song.

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CHORDS USED (5): G, D, Em, C, Am

Easier Chord Options (5): G, Dsus4, Em7, Cadd9, A7sus4 (recommended for people who have difficulty with chord changes)

  • Tutorial Song Key: G
  • Original Song Key: A (Capo 2nd fret)
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STRUMMING PATTERN

Down Strokes Only: (Recommended for beginners)
  • down DOWN down DOWN
Up and Down Strokes:
  • down (down up) (down up) (down up) (down up)

NOTES: When you play a new chord, always start with a single down stroke followed by the (down up)(down up) strumming, until the next new chord. The timing between 2 chords is inconsistent, so you could be playing (down up) once or as many as 10 times between chords depending on the part of the song. Refer to the tutorial for timing.

Another strumming pattern you can try is:
  • down (down up)( __up) (down up) down (down up)(__up)(down up)
This is for players who are more comfortable with strumming and the timing is the same as the strumming pattern above. The only difference is that for every second (down up), you omit the (down) part so you are essentially playing nothing for half a beat.
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  1. Check out the Free Beginner Guitar Course and Lessons  on the site to see if they help
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