Safe and Sound – Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on February 9, 2012

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars (The Hunger Games 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:
  • Am Em C G x2
VERSE 1:
  • Am Em C G
  • Am Em C G
  • Am Em C G
  • Am Em C
CHORUS:
  • C G D
  • C G D
  • C G D
  • Em D C
INTERLUDE:
  • Am Em C G x2

[VERSE 2] [CHORUS]

SOLO:
  • C G Em D x2
CHORUS: (Final)
  • C G D
  • C G D
  • C G D
  • Em D C
OUTRO:
  • C G D x6
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:Use the beginner strumming pattern with only downstrokes if you still find you have trouble strumming.

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CHORDS USED (5): G D Em Am C

  • Tutorial Song Key: G
  • Original Song Key: G
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STRUMMING PATTERN

Down Strokes Only: (Recommended for beginners)
  • down down DOWN down down down DOWN down
Up and Down Strokes:
  • down down DOWN (down up) down down DOWN (down up)
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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

May February 13, 2012 at 12:12 am

do i use ddDd for each chord or ddDdddDd for each chord????

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IanM February 13, 2012 at 1:25 am

For most chords you’ll be playing ddDd, but when the chord stretches longer, you’ll loop that strumming pattern so you’d be playing ddDd ddDd. Watch the video from 1:50 for a demo of how the downstrokes only strumming pattern works.

If you just held that rhythm for the entire song, you would be able to play through the entire song without any problems. Hope that helps! :)

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smily December 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

nice and helpful :-) better than my tutor at home for sure

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aidan January 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

u maid me win me talent show wth this so thanks

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stellastanley15 March 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

hey:) can i know where are u from ?
well, im a beginer and have been following your updates by time. your tutorial made my life easy :) hahahaa

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Emily November 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

Thank you so much for making al these tutorials. I’m a complete beginner who watches youtube videos and tutorial videos to try to teach myself songs on the guitar. Never had a guitar lesson before in my life but still love trying to play and learn chords :) Please continue making tutorials because you’re really helping beginners like me!

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