The One That Got Away – Katy Perry – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on March 2, 2012

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song The One That Got Away by Katy Perry 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 D Em C

VERSE 1:
  • G D Em C
  • G D Em C
CHORUS 1:
  • G D Em C
  • G D Em C

INTERLUDE: G D Em C

[VERSE 2] (Same chords as Verse 1)

CHORUS 2:
  • G D Em C
  • G D Em C
  • G D Em C
BRIDGE:
  • D Em C
  • D Em C
  • D Em C
  • D
CHORUS (Final):
  • G D Em C
  • G D Em C
  • G D Em C
  • G D Em C
  • G
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 have trouble with chord changes, replace D with Dsus4, Em with Em7 and C with Cadd9. These chords don’t require as much finger movement and is an easier alternative for beginners who want to play the song.The original key of the song is D so capo the 7th 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 (4): G D Em C

Easier Chord Options (4): G Dsus4 Em7 Cadd9

  • Tutorial Song Key: G
  • Original Song Key: D (Capo 7th fret)
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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 up)(DOWN up)(down up)
For the up and down stroke strumming pattern, basically the single down stroke is played at the start of each new chord. 
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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).

Back to the song list!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

AbsoluteBeginner April 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hi Ian!
You’ve been helping me since the past two months. You actually inspire me to keep on practising as well.You’re very good! Keep it up :-)
Thank you very very much!

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sophia January 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

yeah!it helps a lot,thanks

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Milleth Achivida April 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

Hi..I SUPER love the way you teach..And I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on “Introducing me” by: Nick Jonas..It is kind of a old song yet it is a really good song…If you don’t mind…Without Capo please…Thank you…>>Cute Directioner 😀

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