Don’t Stop Believing by Journey [Guitar Chords and Beginner Lesson]

by IanM on December 8, 2010

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Don’t Stop Believing by Journey 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).

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey/ Glee (No Capo Beginner Guitar Lesson)

  • Chords: Click Here
  • Chords Used: G, D, Em, C, Bm
  • Easier Chords for Beginners: G, Dsus4, Em7, Cadd9 (Play Em7 instead of Bm)
  • Capo Position to match original Journey version: 9th fret
  • Capo Position to match Glee version: Use chords shown in video lesson

Beginner Guitar Lesson FAQ

WHERE CAN I GET EASY GUITAR CHORDS FOR “DON’T STOP BELIEVING” BY JOURNEY?

Click here for Don’t Stop Believing by Journey Guitar Chords (Transpose these chords up by 3 half steps to match video lesson chords)

This song can be played with just 5 basic chords. Great for beginners who want to practice the  G, D, Em, Bm and C chords.

HOW DO I  PLAY “DON’T STOP BELIEVING” SO IT SOUNDS THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL SONG?

Just play the chords  in the recommended chord sheet or do the following if you want to play with the original Journey version:

  • Transpose the chords to the C key and Capo the 4th fret
  • Transpose the chords to the G key and Capo the 7th fret

If you want to play and sing with the Glee version then do the following:

  • Transpose the chords to the C key and Capo the 7th fret
  • Transpose the chords to the G key and play without a Capo

IS THERE AN EASIER WAY TO PLAY “DON’T STOP BELIEVING” ON GUITAR?

The easiest way to play the song is to transpose the chords to the G key or C key and then using a capo if you want to play and sing along with the original Journey version (E key) or with the Glee version (G key).

If playing in the G key, you may use the following chords as an alternative to the basic chords:

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

HOW DO I SING “DON’T STOP BELIEVING” WITHOUT STRAINING MY VOICE?

Not everyone is going to be able to sing the song “Don’t Stop Believing” exactly the same way as Journey can. While there are many people who can sing in the same range and pitch as the original singer, 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 “Don’t Stop Believing” 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.

When it comes to singing most people have either one of the following two problems:

  1. They can sing most of the song comfortably except for the high parts
  2. They can sing the entire song but only in a very low voice.

If you fall into the first category, try transposing the chords down to the key of D or C.

If you fall in the second category, try transposing the chords up to the key of G or A.

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 such as chords in the C and G keys.

HOW DO I TRANSPOSE AND PLAY “DON’T STOP BELIEVING” 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 C key instead of the recommended E key, change E to C, B to G, C#m to Am and so on. Refer to the list below.

For beginners, my recommendation is to try to use the chords in the C 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, Em  <–Alternate easy option for beginners
  2. D Key - D, A, Bm, G, F#m
  3. E  Key - E, B, C#m, A, G#m <– These are the chords for the original Journey version
  4. F Key - F, C, Dm,  A#, Am
  5. G Key - G, D, Em, C, Bm <– Recommended easy option for beginners – Glee version chords (recommended)
  6. A Key - A, E, F#m, D, C#m
  7. B Key - B, F#, G#m, E,  D#m

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 Version – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey in the key of E

Glee Version – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey in the key of G

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    jon February 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Great website!! Thanks!!! Keep it up! : )

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