Hey Soul Sister – Train [Guitar Chords and Beginner Lesson]

by IanM on December 7, 2010

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Hey Soul Sister by Train 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).

Scroll to the bottom of the post for a video of the original song and a guitar demo video of the song.

Hey Soul Sister by Train (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: 9th fret
  • Strumming Pattern: Down Down Up Down Down Up Down Down Up Down Down Up

Hey Soul Sister by Train (Bar Chords/ Electric Guitar Lesson)

Hey Soul Sister by Train (Capo 9th fret – E key – Ukulele version)

This is the Ukulele version I mentioned in the post where you use the G key chords (G, D, Em and C) and place the capo on the 9th fret.

This is basically the same as playing the song in the E key meaning if you played this way you would be able to play along with the original song.

Beginner Guitar Lesson FAQ

WHERE CAN I GET EASY GUITAR CHORDS FOR “HEY SOUL SISTER” BY TRAIN?

Click here for Hey Soul Sister by Train Guitar Chords (Transpose these chords down 5 half steps to match the chords used in the video lesson)

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 “Hey Soul Sister” SO IT SOUNDS THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL SONG?

Capo the 9th fret and use the chords shown in the video lesson. If you don’t have a capo, use the chords E, B, C#m and A instead of G, D, Em and C.

IS THERE AN EASIER WAY TO PLAY “HEY SOUL SISTER” ON GUITAR?

If you are using the chords recommended in the video lesson, replace the chords as follows:

  • Play Dsus4 instead of D
  • Play Em7 instead of Em
  • Play Cadd9 instead of C

In the G key, you would need to Capo the 9th fret to play with the original song, and playing it this way makes it sound more like a Ukelele like in the original song.

HOW DO I SING “HEY SOUL SISTER” WITHOUT STRAINING MY VOICE?

Not everyone is going to be able to sing the song “Hey Soul Sister” exactly the same way as Train can. While there are many people who can sing in the same range and pitch as them, 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 “Hey Soul Sister” song is sung in the key of E. 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.

Below are a few tips on how to pick an appropriate song key depending on how much trouble you are having trying to sing the original version of the song:

  1. Able to sing the entire song but have trouble singing the high note “Hey soul sister..” at the start of the chorus – Try singing and playing using the recommended chords with the capo on the 2nd fret or transpose all the chords to the D key.  If you still can’t hit the high note, remove the capo altogether and just play the recommended chords which are in the C key.
  2. The whole song is too high for me to sing or I’m only able to sing the song in a very low voice – Try singing and playing using the recommended chords with the capo on the 7th fret or transpose all the chords to the G key.

The idea with transposing songs is to move the highest and lowest notes in a song into your own personal singing range. If the above recommendations don’t work for you Don’t Panic! Just grab your capo and start trying out different capo positions on your guitar.

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 “HEY SOUL SISTER” 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 E key instead of the recommended C key, change C to E, G to B, Am to C#m and F to A. 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 (recommended chords)
  2. D Key – D, A, Bm, G
  3. E  Key – E, B, C#m, A <– These are the chords for the original song
  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 – Hey Soul Sister by Train in the key of E

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Ali January 12, 2011 at 3:15 am

Heyy, its me again. thanks so much for actually replying to my question. i can play the song now on guitar. thanks x)

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IanM January 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Hey man, no worries, I’m glad that it helped :)

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naomi April 12, 2011 at 5:32 am

you should play it slower :) otherwise awsome videos 😀

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Arianna April 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

hello…. can I play hey soul sister with a guitar pick and what tips do you have for changing chords fastly?

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Arianna April 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm

hey, what is the strumming pattern for hey soul sister? is it down down up down down up?thnx =)

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Anna Harwood April 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

to improve it i think you should show people the strumming pattern and that would make it much easyer

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Tash August 22, 2011 at 8:18 am

Hey what kind of guitar is that? :)

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IanM September 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm

It’s a Legend Acoustic guitar with a pick up :)

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Jaz-XD October 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

Great videos!! Much better if it was played much slower other wise well played 😀

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IanM November 22, 2011 at 3:44 am

Noted! Thanks dude for the feedback, it really helps :))

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Elizabeth March 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Your awesome, thank you so much!

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Jonathan April 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Hey nice guitar tutorial.=) Easy chord but I am having problems with the strumming patter, I can’t strum DDU properly. =( Hope you can help me. =)

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PJain June 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I really dont get the strum patterns so could you make a video or something with it

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PJain June 17, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I found it nvrmnd 😛

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MAGUX February 25, 2013 at 9:39 am

hey thnx a lot it really help :) may i request some songs just like ours by taylor swift,goodtime by owlcity and also somebody that i used to know by gotye ft kimbra plsss….

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mystery March 30, 2013 at 3:21 am

this is so awesome

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Julia1 July 13, 2013 at 6:33 am

I’m entirely new to the guitar world and I can’t thank you enough! Your tutorials have been so helpful! Keep up the amazing work Ian!

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NicoleeeeeXD October 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Shootz It’s Hard ='<

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Rhey4_4S March 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

Thanks for this!! This was really helpful! Now I can play this song on the guitar no problem!!
I do have a request..
Im not quite sure if you will accept this but, can you please do one on the song Perfect by Hedley? Id luv that! Thanks!

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