With or Without You – U2 – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on March 16, 2012

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song With or Without You by U2 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

  • G D Em C
  • G D Em C

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

  • G D Em C

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

  • G D Em C
  • 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.


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.



Easier Chord Options (4): G Dsus4 Em7 Cadd9

  • Tutorial Song Key: G
  • Original Song Key: D (Capo 7th 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).

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamilah March 20, 2012 at 12:52 am

Hey Ian! I looooooove your videos. I’ve been practicing for about 10-30mins a day every day for about a month now and I’m already better. Your videos are so much easier to understand than the 4 or 5 books I’ve purchased for guitar! I sent you an email before on a different topic I’m not sure if you got it…I was wondering for the chords that have strings not to play (D, Fma7, etc.) do you strum those anyway when you are playing the song? Does it mater if you strum the NoNo strings for certain songs or is it a preference?


IanM March 20, 2012 at 2:53 am

Hey Jamilah! Firstly, I’m really sorry if I missed your question before. Hopefully I can make up for it today :). I’m really happy to hear you are improving and that the videos are helping. To keep it really simple, when playing chords such as D Major and Fmaj7 etc where you are only pressing mostly the lower strings, it is still ok if you strum ALL the strings, but it sounds cleaner if you strum from the top of the bass string for that chord down through the first three strings ( E, B and G strings, these are the thinnest strings on the guitar). For certain songs, it can be a no no to strum certain strings, however it’s all about the level of quality of the sound you are trying to achieve. So in the case of beginners, or if you’re just starting to learn, I wouldn’t worry about it soo much. As you get better, your ear will naturally be able to pick when something doesn’t sound right and as your strumming gets more natural, you will adjust it as well fairly automatically in order to get the sound you want. Focus on being able to strum and change chords naturally and without thinking. Once you have that down, you sound quality will begin to pick up naturally. Hope that helps :)


Jamilah April 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Thanks, that helps alot! I’m trying to learn to accompany myself on guitar. I have all these songs I write with no music! you’ve been very helpful thanks! Any chance we can get some fingerpicking tutorials? ^_^


Kate May 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm

thank U very much.from Latvia!


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