Paradise – Coldplay – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on March 2, 2012

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Paradise by Coldplay 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 C G D x2

VERSE 1:
  • Em C G D
  • Em C G D
CHORUS 1:
  • Am C G D
  • Am C G D
INTERLUDE:
  • Am C G D x2
VERSE 2:
  • Em C G D
  • Em C G D
  • Am C G D (–Life goes on, it gets so heavy…)
  • Am C
  • C G D (-In the night, the stormy night…)
  • C G D
CHORUS 2:
  • Am C G D
  • Am C G D
  • Am C G D
  • Am C G D

[INTERLUDE]

BRIDGE:
  • C G D
  • C G
  • D

[CHORUS] (Final) (Same chords as Chorus 2)

OUTRO:
  • Am C G D
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, Am with A7sus4 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 F so capo the 10th 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 Am C

Easier Chord Options (5): G Dsus4 Em7 A7sus4 Cadd9

  • Tutorial Song Key: G
  • Original Song Key: F (Capo 10th 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 DOWN (down up) | down down DOWN (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).

Back to the song list!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Zachary Peterson July 9, 2014 at 3:04 am

I’m a little confused when it comes to transposing. If my guitar is tuned to C, can I slide the capo down to wear im playing in F and still use the chords you show in this tutorial? Or do I have to go from G to F? Thank you, your tutorials are awesome and have helped me progress :]

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Stranger November 12, 2015 at 7:41 pm

Nice!

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