Love Story by Taylor Swift [Guitar Chords and Beginner Lesson]

by IanM on January 6, 2011

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Love Story by Taylor Swift on guitar fast with easy chords options, minimal theory and without a capo (if you don’t have one or don’t want to use one).

Love Story by Taylor Swift (Beginner No Capo Beginner Guitar Lesson)

  • Chords: Click Here
  • Chords Used in Lesson: G, D, Em and C
  • Easier Chords for Beginners: G, Dsus4, Em7 and Cadd9
  • Capo Position to match original song: 7th fret
  • Strumming Pattern: Down Up Down Up Down Up Down Up Down

Beginner Guitar Lesson FAQ

WHERE CAN I GET EASY GUITAR CHORDS FOR “LOVE STORY” BY TAYLOR SWIFT?

Click here for recommended easy chords and lyrics (Transpose Recommended Chords Down 5 half steps to match video tutorial)

This song can be played with just 4 basic chords. Great for beginners who want to practice the normal “G”, “D”, “Em” and “C” chords.

HOW DO I  PLAY “LOVE STORY” SO IT SOUNDS THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL SONG?

Capo the 7th fret and use the recommended chords. If you don’t have a capo, use the chords D, A, Bm and G instead of G, D, Em and C as used in the recommended chords.

IS THERE AN EASIER WAY TO PLAY “LOVE STORY” ON GUITAR?

Instead of using the G, D, Em and C chords, try using G, Dsus4, Em7 and Cadd9 instead.

Beginners who have trouble with chord changes tend to find these chords easier to play as you only need to change the position of 2 fingers instead of 4 throughout the song.

HOW DO I SING “LOVE STORY” WITHOUT STRAINING MY VOICE?

Not everyone is going to be able to sing the song “Love Story” exactly the same way as Taylor Swift can. While there are many people who can sing in the same range and pitch as her, there are many more who can’t.

If you are one of these people then here is some advice for you.

In order to comfortably sing and play the song, you are going to need to transpose the song to a “key” or pitch which you can comfortably sing in.

For example, the original “Love Story” song is sung in the key of D. If while singing the song you find that you can sing most of the notes but start to strain your voice when trying to sing the high notes, then you need to pick a lower key to sing the song in.

The idea with transposing songs is to move the highest and lowest notes in a song into your own personal singing range.

Transposing a song can be done quickly and easily if you have a capo. By clipping the capo at different positions on the neck of the guitar you can change the song key without changing the chords you press.

This is recommended for beginners who want to play guitar songs using only easy chords.

HOW DO I TRANSPOSE AND PLAY “LOVE STORY” ON GUITAR WITHOUT A CAPO?

Below I have transposed the chords for you so just pick a key and use the chords listed below.

Use the recommended chords as a reference and change each chord to their equivalent chord in the song key you want to sing and play in.

For example, if you want to play in the D key instead of the recommended G key, change G to D, D to A, Em to Bm and so on. Refer to the list below.

For beginners, my recommendation is to try to use the chords in the C, D or G keys as these don’t use bar chords which can be hard to press if you just started playing:

  1. C Key – C. G, Am, F <–Alternate easy option for beginners
  2. D Key – D, A, Bm, G, <– These are the chords for the original song
  3. E  Key – E, B, C#m, A
  4. F Key – F, C, Dm,  A#
  5. G Key – G, D, Em, C <<–Recommended easy option for beginners (recommended chords)
  6. A Key – A, E, F#m, D
  7. B Key – B, F#, G#m, E

The song will sound different (higher or lower) for each key so be prepared to adjust your singing to match.

Help Me Dude – I’m a COMPLETE beginner and still need help

  1. Check out the beginner 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!

Original Song – Love Story by Taylor Swift in the key of D

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1610 March 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

OMG.. thank you so much.. this help me a lots.. u’ re greattttttttttttttttt

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Fe October 19, 2012 at 7:12 am

hello Ian, Thank you so much for a lot of new songs you have here…!!! pls make more and more..!!! :-)
I Love this song but i am just not sure how you strummed on this video.. can you make it slower so that i can catch up? i am pretty much used to that down down down up technique of yours lol

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Jadyn November 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Is there a way to play Love Story in C, G7, and Am?

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cee-jai January 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm

we have the same guitar. I feel special…

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XD September 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Can I play it with different strumming patterns?

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IanM September 30, 2014 at 7:26 am

You definitely can, just make sure whatever strumming pattern you use fits with the timing of the song.

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XD October 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

hmmm… Sure it can Thanks A lot ! <3

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XD October 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm

You’re a good singer though :)

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Torin December 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Thank u soooooooo much ! I was dying to learn this song ! Love u loads !!!!!!!!!!!

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cheap guitar lessons February 26, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on learn. Regards

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