Story Of My Life – One Direction – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on February 12, 2014

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Story Of My Life by One Direction 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

Cover Example in the G Key – No Capo 

The tutorial is taught in key of G. If you want to play in the original key of D# using the chords in the tutorial, you will need to capo the 8th fret.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Cover Example in the D# Key – With Capo using G Key Chords

This is what the song would sound like if you used the tutorial chords while placing the capo on the 8th fret to transpose the chords to the key of D#. D# is the original key of the song.


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, 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 8th 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 (4): G C D Em

Easier Chord Options (5): G Cadd9 Dsus4 Em7

  • Tutorial Song Key: G
  • Original Song Key: D# (Capo 8th 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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