Raise Your Glass – Pink [Easy Beginner Guitar Lesson & Chords]

by IanM on December 15, 2010

Raise Your Glass – Pink [Easy Chords & Strumming – No Capo]

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Raise Your Glass by Pink 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).

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#1 Just Looking for Guitar Chords For “Raise Your Glass” by Pink

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#2 I’m A Beginner Who Wants Easy To Press Chords

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The chords in the recommended song sheet are G, D, Em and C. If you are not comfortable with chord changes using these chords, replace the recommended chords as follows:

  • Replace C with Cadd9
  • Replace Em with Em7
  • Replace D with Dsus4

Beginners tend to find these chords easier to press as they only require the index and middle finger to change positions while the ring and little finger stay anchored in the same position for the entire song.

I NEED SOME HELP WITH BASICS LIKE PRESSING CHORDS AND STRUMMING

Check out the beginner lessons or ask me a question directly through the contact form here and I’ll do my best to help answer your question (silly questions allowed).

#3 I Want To Learn To Play “Raise Your Glass” On Guitar In My Comfortable Singing Range

The following section is a comprehensive explanation on how to sing without straining your voice and how to change the chords in a song to fit your comfortable singing range.

This section also provides a quick reference list so that you can choose the chords you are most comfortable with in each song key and choose whether to play with a capo or with no capo.

HOW TO SING “RAISE YOUR GLASS” BY PINK WITHOUT STRAINING YOUR VOICE

In order to cover this song, the first thing you need to do is to find the key that you can sing the song most comfortably in without straining your voice.

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

For instance, the original song is sung in the key of G. I can sing the entire song fairly comfortably in this key and with some voice warm up, I can sing the song in the A key as well.  Any other song key I tried makes me sing either too low or too high for most of the song.

What you need to do is to find the song key that best suits your voice so that you can sing the entire song without straining your voice. The easiest way to change the key on a guitar is to use a capo to transpose the chords you are playing.

WHAT IS TRANSPOSING AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

When you transpose the chords in a song, you are increasing or decreasing the all the notes in a song by the same distance up or down the music scale.

This is why songs are able to maintain their melodic consistency, even if they are sung in different keys. An easy way to understand this is to comparing the Glee version and the Journey version of the song “Don’t Stop Believing”. In Glee, they sing the song in the key of G where as Journey sing’s the song in the key of E.

Listen to how one version sounds “higher” or “lower” than the other and notice how you might find it easier to sing one version but not the other. The reason why one version might seem easier to sing than the other is because in one version more of the notes fall within your comfortable singing range.

The purpose for transposing song chords when playing the guitar is to move the highest and lowest notes in a song into your own personal singing range.

In most cases, you aren’t going to know which key is right for you personally until you try them out. The easiest thing you can do is to try and sing the original song, find out the key it is sung in and use that as a reference whether to sing in a lower or higher key relative to the original.

In these tutorials I state the original song key for the song so all you need to do is try out the chord options I recommend in the next section for any of the song keys you think might suit your singing range.

HOW DO I FIND THE CHORDS FOR “RAISE YOUR GLASS” IN THE  SONG KEY I CAN SING IN?

The following transposing recommendations are relative to the recommended chords G, D, Em and C which are the chords you would play to sing in the G key, which is also the original song key.

For example, if you wanted to play in the C key, you would replace G with C, replace D with G, replace Em with Am and replace C with F.

If you wanted to play in the D key, you would replace G with D, replace D with A, replace Em with Bm and replace C with G.

This might sound confusing but if you refer to the chords below it is really straight forward and just a matter of replacing the chords in the chord sheet.

To give you as many options as possible, I have included multiple ways that you can play in each song key either with a capo or without a capo if you have no capo available or just don’t want to use it.

C  Key (Recommended For Acoustic Guitar)

  • C key (No Capo) – C. G, Am, F    
  • C key (G key chords with Capo) – G, D, Em, C + Capo 5th fret
  • C key (D key chords with Capo) – D, A, Bm, G + Capo 11th fret

D Key (Recommended For Acoustic Guitar)

  • D key (No Capo) – D, A, Bm, G
  • D key (G key chords with Capo) – G, D, Em, C + Capo 7th fret
  • D key (C key chords with Capo) – C, G, Am, F + Capo 2nd fret

E Key

  • E key (No Capo) – E, B, C#m, A
  • E key (G key chords with Capo) – G, D, Em, C + Capo 9th fret
  • E key (C key chords with Capo) – C, G, Am, F + Capo 4th fret
  • E key (D key chords with Capo) – D, A, Bm, G + Capo 2nd fret

F Key

  • F key (No Capo) – F, C, Dm,  A#  
  • F key (G key chords with Capo) – G, D, Em, C + Capo 10th fret
  • F key (C key chords with Capo) – C, G, Am, F + Capo 5th fret
  • F key (D key chords with Capo) – D, A, Bm, G + Capo 3rd fret

G Key (Original Song Key) (Recommended For Acoustic Guitar)

  • G key (No Capo) – G. D, Em, C
  • G key (D key chords with Capo) – D, A, Bm, G + Capo 5th fret
  • G key (C key chords with Capo) – C, G, Am, F + Capo 7th fret

A Key

  • A key (No Capo) – A, E, F#m, D 
  • A key (G key chords with Capo) – G, D, Em, C + Capo 2nd fret
  • A key (C key chords with Capo) – C, G, Am, F + Capo 9th fret
  • A key (D key chords with Capo) – D, A, Bm, G + Capo 7th fret

B Key

  • B key (No Capo) – B, F#, G#m, E 
  • B key (G key chords with Capo) – G, D, Em, C + Capo 4th fret
  • B key (C key chords with Capo) – C, G, Am, F + Capo 11th fret
  • B key (D key chords with Capo) – D, A, Bm, G + Capo 9th fret

I’M ONLY INTERESTED IN THE NO CAPO CHORD OPTIONS FOR “RAISE YOUR GLASS”

Below I have transposed the chords for you so just pick a key and use the chords listed below if you want to play with no capo.

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 <– Easy Chords
  2. D Key – D, A, Bm, G, <– Easy Chords
  3. E  Key – E, B, C#m, A
  4. F Key – F, C, Dm,  A#
  5. G Key – G, D, Em, C <– These are the chords used in the original song
  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.

#4 Where Can I Find More Guitar Lessons Like This?

Check out the song list and beginner lessons we have on the site:

#5 Where Can I Listen To The Original Song?

Select the video below to listen to the original version of “Raise Your Glass” sung by Pink in the key of G.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

InkBlots August 17, 2012 at 12:50 am

This tutorial and all the rest have been pretty easy to follow and is very helpful. I have been looking for tutorial video for this song because I love Pink and you did that for me. Thanks man! Keep up the good work :)

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Jen March 31, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Ian, thank you very much for this tutorial. I can follow quite well. I’m a beginner, can you also do tutorials for Color Blind by Darius Danesh and Escape by Enrique Iglesias Tnx in advance :) looking forward to see your tutorials ^_^

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