Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars [Guitar Chords and Beginner Lesson]

by IanM on December 7, 2010

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars on guitar fast with easy chords options, minimal theory and without a capo (if you have no capo or don’t want to use one).

Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars (No Capo Beginner Guitar Lesson)

  • Chords: Click Here
  • Chords Used in Lesson: G, Em7 and Cadd9
  • Normal Chords: G, Em, C
  • Capo Position to match original: 10th fret
  • Strumming Pattern: Down Up Down Up Down Up Down Up Down

Beginner Guitar Lesson FAQ

WHERE CAN I GET EASY GUITAR CHORDS FOR “JUST THE WAY YOU ARE” BY Bruno Mars?

Click here for Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars Guitar Chords (Transpose recommended chords up 5 half steps to match video lesson)

This song can be played with just 3 basic chords. Great for beginners who want to practice the normal “G”, “Em”, and “C” chords.

HOW DO I  PLAY “JUST THE WAY YOU ARE” SO IT SOUNDS THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL SONG?

Capo the 10th fret and use the G, Em and C chords or alternatively, capo the 3rd fret and use the D, Bm and G chords. If you don’t have a capo, transpose use the chords F, Dm and A#.

IS THERE AN EASIER WAY TO PLAY “JUST THE WAY YOU ARE” ON GUITAR?

If you don’t have a capo, but want to transpose the song to chords that are close to the original key and are easy, transpose the chords to G, Em and C.

If you have a capo, you can transpose the chords to C, Am and F and then play those chords with the capo on the 5th fret to match the original song.

HOW DO I SING “JUST THE WAY YOU ARE” WITHOUT STRAINING MY VOICE?

Not everyone is going to be able to sing the song “Just The Way You Are” exactly the same way as Bruno Mars can. While there are many people who can sing in the same range and pitch as him, 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 “Just The Way You Are” song is sung in the key of F. 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.

Here are a few tips for song keys that might be right for you depending on how you might be struggling to sing the song. Choose the option that best describes you:

  1. You can sing the verse but find singing the chorus impossible – Try playing and singing using the recommended chords but WITHOUT using a capo. This will put you in the D key instead of the F key which the song is originally sung in.
  2. You can sing the entire song but only in a very low voice – Try putting the capo on the 5th fret (G key) or 7th fret (A key) while playing using the recommended chords.

The idea with transposing songs is to move the highest and lowest notes in a song into y our 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 “JUST THE WAY YOU ARE” 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 F key instead of the recommended D key, change D to F, Bm to Dm and G 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. Am, F  <–Alternate easy option for beginners
  2. D Key – D, Bm, G <–Recommended easy option for beginners (recommended chords)
  3. E  Key – E, C#m, A
  4. F Key – F, Dm,  A# <– These are the chords for the original song
  5. G Key – G, Em, C <–Alternate easy option for beginners
  6. A Key – A, F#m, D
  7. B Key – B,  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 – Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars in the key of F

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James T July 14, 2013 at 5:48 am

This is stuff is really helping me out! Thank You!!

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