Rolling In The Deep – Adele – (No Capo) Beginner Guitar Tutorial

by IanM on September 14, 2011

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Rolling In The Deep by Adele 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). Learn how to play and sing this song in 2 easy steps.

STEP 1: WATCH THE GUITAR TUTORIAL

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

STEP 2: REFER TO TUTORIAL NOTES

INTRO:
  • Am Em x2
VERSE:
  • Am Em G Em G
  • Am Em G Em G
  • Am Em G Em G
  • Am Em G Em G
BRIDGE:
  • F G Em F
  • F G Em (E) (E is an optional chord)
CHORUS:
  • Am G F G
  • Am G F G
  • Am G F G

[VERSE 2] (Same chords as Verse 1)

[BRIDGE]

[CHORUS]

[FINAL CHORUS] (Play Am as the last chord to end the song)

Click Here for Chords & Lyrics on Ultimate-Guitar.com
Note: Chords on Ultimate Guitar may be different from the tutorial above due to being in a different key or because the author has simply used different chords from my version. Use the transposing tool available on their site to transpose chords to the key you wish to play in.
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BEGINNER TIPS:

Replace F with F7 with you are still having trouble playing the full F major chord. The original key of the song is D# so capo the 3rd fret and use the chords below if you want to play in the same key as the original song. In the Bridge of the song, you can choose to skip the E major chord and just play Em all the way through to the chorus. The E major adds build up, but if you have trouble playing it, just skip the chord.

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CHORDS USED (5): Am Em F G E

Easier Chord Options (4):Am Em F7 G

  • Tutorial Song Key: C
  • Original Song Key: D# (Capo 3rd fret)
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STRUMMING PATTERN

Down Strokes Only: (Recommended for beginners)
  • down down DOWN down down down DOWN down
Up and Down Strokes:
  • down down DOWN (down up) down down DOWN (down up)
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Help Me Dude – I’m a COMPLETE beginner and still need help

  1. Check out the Free Beginner Guitar Course and 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!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Vincent November 5, 2011 at 6:27 am

hey, i luv ur videos and they are easy to understand but could u do the edge of glory by lady gaga or any gaga song that would be awesome. thnx

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Mit February 25, 2012 at 4:58 am

hey , your vids r awesome , can u pls add some of the justin timberlake songs………….
i.e. – cry me a river or what goes around comes around ……

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sid April 13, 2012 at 7:39 am

hey I love your videos…you explain everything in easily understood terms and I have massive progress in my strumming just by following your instructions. Could you include a bigger variety of strumming patterns…I get the down down down and down down down (down up) pattern but finding it repetitive in terms of applying it to different songs. The songs are starting to sound the same to me.
Thanks
Sid from Malaysia

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Marivic June 6, 2012 at 2:50 am

Hi, I love your tutorials… can you do KPOP Songs (Korean Pop Songs)??

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esme June 23, 2012 at 12:54 am

nice job of playing/ teaching. um a couple of us were wondering if we could see your face or like will u show it in one of your videos! we wanna know what our “helper” looks like. we would much appreciate it :) thank you!
-love,
esme

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kate July 20, 2012 at 2:04 am

Thank you! Nice and easy chords to this song!

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tiana August 15, 2012 at 12:22 am

THANK U SOOOOOO MUCH

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geanny damole August 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

thanks for the chords

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zoeviya September 3, 2012 at 7:47 am

wow!
i love this song! thx!
it’s awesome!

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Lisa Douglas October 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Hi Ian, that was just awesome. Really feel like I am getting somewhere now. Your instructions are so clear and concise – I havent found any better on-line tutorials. Please add some more! How about some Oasis songs? Cheers

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sophie rosenburg December 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

thanks for all your help

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mike March 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

??????westlife?my love?

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devi June 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm

can you post the chord without capo for like an avalanche by hillsong

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