Firework – Katy Perry – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on January 8, 2010

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Firework by Katy Perry 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 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

INTRO:
  • G Am Em C x2
VERSE 1:
  • G Am Em C
  • G Am Em C
  • G Am Em C
  • G Am Em C
PRE-CHORUS:
  • G Am Em C
  • G Am Em C
CHORUS:
  • G Am Em C
  • G Am Em C
  • G Am Em C
  • G Am Em C

[VERSE 2]

[PRE-CHORUS]

[CHORUS]

BRIDGE:
  • G Am Em C
  • G Am Em C

[CHORUS]

OUTRO:
  • G Am Em C (Boom Boom Boom…moon moon moon) x2
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, trying playing the song using the easier chord variations. These chords don’t require as much finger movement as the standard chords and are much easier to play for beginners. The original key of the song is G# 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 (4): G Em Am C

Easier Chord Options (4): G, Em7, A7sus4 and Cadd9

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

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Saleena January 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Heya Buddy

How u doing? Thanks for your awesome videos :)

Im a beginner and I suck at strumming. Im trying to play firework but cant get a hang of the strumming..

Thanks a ton

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Susan August 6, 2011 at 6:34 am

Thank you for all this helpful info! I searched a bunch of sites to figure out how to play this song, and you’ve made it so clear.

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nada July 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

great videos :)

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Lauren November 19, 2012 at 3:03 am

I love your tutorials. I’m a beginner, and i’ve had my fender for years but i never really took guitar lessons or anything. I always thought it’d be difficult, but these tutorials make it easy!

I’d like to request a tutorial for the song Ours by Taylor Swift. :)

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