An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song I See Fire by Ed Sheeran (The Hobbit 2: Desolation of Smaug) 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 3 easy steps.
STEP 1: WATCH THE FULL SONG DEMONSTRATION
STEP 2: WATCH THE GUITAR TUTORIAL
Full Song Tutorial
The video below teaches you how to play the entire song without a capo and without the guitar riff. If you want to play so that it sounds the same as Ed Sheeran’s version, place a capo on the 6th fret.
Intro Guitar Riff Tutorial
The video below teaches you specifically how to play the intro guitar riff if you’re interested in learning it.
STEP 3: 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.
If you have trouble with chord changes, replace the D, Em, Am and C chords with Dsus4, Em7, A7sus4 and Cadd9 respectively. You can skip the Bm chord if you find it too difficult to press and play.
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 C# so capo the 6th fret and use the chords below if you want to play in the same key as the original song.
CHORDS USED (6): G C D Am Em Bm
Easier Chord Options (5): G Cadd9 Dsus4 A7sus4 Em7
- Tutorial Song Key: G
- Original Song Key: C# (Capo 6th fret)
Down Strokes Only: (Recommended for beginners)
- down down down down
Up and Down Strokes:
- down down down (down up)
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