The Scientist – Coldplay – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on March 16, 2012

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song The Scientist 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.


Click here to watch the video on YouTube


INTRO: Em C G G x2

  • Em C G G
  • Em C G G
  • Em C G G
  • Em C G G
  • C G
  • C G D
  • D G
  • C G G
  • Em C G G

[VERSE 2] (Same chords as the first verse)



  • Em C G G (-oh oo oo oo oo...)
  • Em C G G
  • Em C G G
  • Em C G G
Click Here for Chords & Lyrics on
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.


If you have trouble with chord changes, replace the D, Em and C chords with Dsus4, Em7 and Cadd9 respectively. Using these chords make chord changes much easier for beginners and in some cases even makes the song sound better than if you just used the normal chords.

The original key of the song is F# so capo the 11th fret and use the chords below if you want to play in the same key as the original song. Capo-ing very high in the neck isn't something I recommend, but given the chords I've chosen, this is the fastest way to transpose chords in an emergency.



Easier Chord Options (4): G Dsus4 Em7 Cadd9

  • Tutorial Song Key: G
  • Original Song Key: F# (Capo 11th fret)


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)

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!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous May 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Thank you so much for this awesome and easy tutorial. You’re such a good teacher that needs more recognition because you actually teach us how to strum and strumming is one of the hardest things for me to do. :)


Martin July 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm

This is great. On a beach vacation having a drink and learning Coldplay. Thanks Ian.


Kate August 21, 2012 at 4:50 am

Dude I looove your videos, they’re just so awesome, as well as the written details that follow. I’m glad I can now play the songs I love, simplified. The only thing is that I don’t have the fastest internet so I find the intro information to each video long, otherwise, this is just so great! Thanks a bunch!


Iaco September 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Gréât site And tuto song.

I m begginer And I lové how you make IT easy :)
really Nice voise too :)

I Would have love having Green eyes from Coldplay :)



Anuj Sharma May 12, 2013 at 3:24 am

great post. i was looking for the version without capo ! cheers


thantzin November 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

thank u very much, for helping the beginners.
Thank u


Emanuel April 22, 2014 at 10:12 am



Purge August 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Hey Ian. Im a newbie and just wanna ask about the song key. Do you mean tunning my guitar to G? Mine is standard E. Sorry if it doesn’t make sense.


IanM August 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Hey Purge, no no its okay, I understand what you mean. You don’t tune your guitar to G. My tutorials are all done in E standard tuning. When I say the key of G, it just means that I will use certain chords that are specific to that key. For example, in the G key you would normally use G, D, Em, C, Am and Bm. In the key of C, you would use C, G, Am, F, Dm and Em. Using a capo though, you can change the song key while still using the same chords. For example, if you capo the 2nd fret and play G key chords, you are actually playing in the key of A. If you capo the forth fret and play G key chords, you’re playing in the key of B. Capo the 5th fret and your playing in the key of C and so on. Hope that helps clarify things abit.


BarM March 28, 2016 at 8:29 pm

Best teacher I’ve seen online.
Keep up the good tutorials.


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