When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on March 18, 2013

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars on guitar fast with easy chord 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

Click Here for FULL lyrics on Lyrics.com

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 find the F chord too difficult to press, you can replace it with F7. It’s very similar to F but its easier to press for beginners who are struggling with the chord.

For those of you who are up for a challenge, you can try to replace some of the ‘easy’ chords with a few different chords in order to make the song sound more accurate to the original.

In the refrain, replace Dm with Bb (also known as A#). In the last line of the chorus, you can replace D with D7 and G with Fm as well in order to make the entire song sound closer to the original version.

The original key of the song is C so you can use the chords below if you want to play in the same key as the original song.

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CHORDS USED (7):C G D Am Em Dm F

Easier Chord Options (7): C G D Am Em Dm F7

Additional Chords Mentioned in Tutorial: Bb, Fm and D7

  • Tutorial Song Key: C
  • Original Song Key: C

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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)

Use the strumming pattern below during fast transitions between two chords

  • 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!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Soru April 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

Thank you very much for your very amazing job !! Everyday i improve my level guitar thanks to you ! Thank you ! 😀

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Kaye May 11, 2013 at 11:33 am

Thanks Ian :) You Helped ME A Lot

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Flora May 27, 2013 at 1:02 am

thank you so much man! fa
r i can play now

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