Iris – Goo Goo Dolls – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on March 16, 2012

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Iris by Goo Goo Dolls (from the City of Angels OST 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: Em D C C x2

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

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

CHORUS:
  • Em D C
  • Em D C
  • Em D C
  • Em D C

[VERSE 3] (Same chords as the first verse)

[CHORUS] x2

OUTRO: 
  • Em D C (- I just want you to know who I am)
  • Em D C
  • Em D C C (Guitar only, same rhythm as intro)
  • Em D C 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:

If you have trouble with chord changes, replace the D, Em, Am and C chords with Dsus4, Em7, A7sus4 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 Am C 

Easier Chord Options (5): G Dsus4 Em7 A7sus4 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
Up and Down Strokes:
  • DOWN (down up) (down up) | 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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    { 3 comments… read them below or add one }

    Fe October 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

    This is a very nice song!!! and im so glad that you covered it!! Thank you so much ian!!! Youre so great!!!
    pls cover more love songs ;-)
    keep up the good work!!!

    maybe you can cover Home by michael bubble’ ???
    it will be so great!!!!

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    Ashley C. November 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Hey Ian, I absolutley LOOVE your website. I would totally recommend it to any beginners. Can you make a tutorial for Titanium by David Guetta? That would be awesome thx :D !!!

    Reply

    Chris Armero September 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

    just wanna tell you that I love your website. Find it so helpful as someone who is pretty new to playing. Thanks so much for putting this song up as well as all the other ones :)

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