Back To December – Taylor Swift – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on March 16, 2012

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Back To December by Taylor Swift 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 Em C x2

VERSE 1:
  • G Em C G D
  • G Em C G D
PRE-CHORUS 1:
  • Em D G C
  • Em D C
CHORUS 1:
  • G Bm C G D
  • G Bm C G D C
  • Em D
INTERLUDE: 
  • G Em C x2

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

[PRE-CHORUS 2]  (Same chords as the first PRE-CHORUS)

[CHORUS 2]  (Same chords as the first CHORUS)

[INTERLUDE]

BRIDGE: 
  • Em C G D
  • Em C G D
  • Em C G D
  • Em D C
  • Em D C
CHORUS (FINAL):
  • G Bm C G D
  • G Bm C G D C
  • G D C
  • Em D
  • G Em C
  • G Em C
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:

Playing Bm might be difficult for some people, so an alternative is to simply replace Bm with D in the song. It won’t sound as accurate but it will still sound pretty good. This way you can play the song with 4 chords instead of 5.

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 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 (5): G D Em Bm 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 DOWN (down up) | down down DOWN (down up)

TIP – Alternate strumming for Intro and Interludes:
For the intro and interludes, instead of just using the standard strumming pattern, you can use the following instead. It will make it sound more similar to the way it’s played in Taylor Swifts original version. Refer to the tutorial video to get the timing:

  • Em – down down DOWN (down up) down down DOWN (down up)
  • C – down down (down up)
  • G – (down___) down (down up) (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).

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    Ruchelle October 8, 2012 at 7:39 am

    woa! this is so cool! it’s easy to understand for us, beginners. thank you :)

    Reply

    Fe October 19, 2012 at 6:40 am

    you’re soooooo awesome!!!!!!
    all my questions are answered!!! WOW!
    thank you so much

    Reply

    RevelatioN December 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Can you make some tutorials for One Direction songs like (Little things – One Thing ..etc)
    BTW loved your tutorials Thumps Up

    Reply

    Jennifer Cruz March 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I love you buddy!!! Your so humble and you have indeed taught this song easy in guitar.. hope you could teach me personally at home!! lolz

    Reply

    chelseahymer1989 March 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    awsome can u send me red songs all acustic? id very greatly be happy oh n nirvanna

    Reply

    Jurgen October 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Wooooooooooooooooh. Great Tutorial like i learned 5 songs in just 1 night XD

    Reply

    Camille April 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I love your cover.

    Reply

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