The Book of Love – Peter Gabriel – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on February 6, 2014

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song The Book of Love by Peter Gabriel (original by The Magnetic Fields) 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

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

STEP 2: WATCH THE GUITAR TUTORIAL

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

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.

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BEGINNER TIPS:

If you have trouble with chord changes, replace the D and C chords with Dsus4 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 Ab so capo the 1st 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 (3): G C D

Easier Chord Options (3): G Cadd9 Dsus4

  • Tutorial Song Key: G
  • Original Song Key: Ab (Capo 1st fret)

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STRUMMING PATTERN

Down Strokes Only: (Recommended for beginners)

  • down down down down

Up and Down Strokes:

  • down down 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).

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