Easy Guitar Songs • You Belong With Me • Teardrops On My Guitar • Mary's Song • Our Song • Chords, Strumming Patterns

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Taylor Swift on DVD

Taylor Swift: Journey To Fearless [Blu-ray]
Taylor Swift: Journey To Fearless [Blu-ray]

Originally premiering on October 22, 2010 as a three-part miniseries launching the kids network The Hub, Journey To Fearless combines riveting performances from Taylor Swift’s smash 2010 tour with revealing interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Over the course of two-and-a-half hours, this special reaches all the way back to early home videos and blasts forward to Taylor’s gala performance. Journey To Fearless tells the story of a little girl who dared to dream big, and who fearlessly faced near-insurmountable obstacles to make those dreams come true.

 
D Major (Capo Fourth Fret)
D Major (Capo Fourth Fret)
A Major (Capo Fourth Fret)
A Major (Capo Fourth Fret)
Em minor (Capo Fourth Fret)
Em minor (Capo Fourth Fret)
G Major (Capo Fourth Fret)
G Major (Capo Fourth Fret)

You Belong With Me

This is a rhythm guitar chart for You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift. The strumming pattern is slightly different from Runaway Train, in that, the second half of the third beat is played with an upstroke. This is the only difference between the two patterns. Once again, the pattern is made up entirely of quarter and eighth note rhythm slashes. The strum direction and count is notated in measure one. This pattern continues through the entire tune. Most rhythm parts are not actually played this way. Instead, they are composed of a number of different patterns throughout the song. Sticking with one pattern will add discipline to the strumming hand. If you want to play with the recording or the backing track, you must place a capoon the fourth fret.

Once called a 'cheater bar', capos allow you to play open chords in different keys. The capo replaces barre chords (chords that require the first finger to be positioned across all the strings, hence the name cheater bar). In effect, the capo is replacing the nut (the plastic, metal or ivory part of the guitar that the strings pass over and continue to the tuning pegs). The same high pitched sound is produced when strumming behind the capo or the nut.

When the capo is placed on the fourth fret, the D Major becomes F sharp Major, the A Major becomes C sharp Major, the E minor becomes G sharp minor and the G Major is transposed to B Major. All of these without the capo, are normally barre chord shapes. The capo remains in place for the entire song. There are number of capos on the market (some even allow you to move the capo quickly during the song), but I highly recommend the trigger style. Very easy to attach and remove. Of course, if you are playing and singing the song on your own, the capo is not needed, but you will have to transpose (change the key), of the melody line.

You Belong With Me

Lyrics

"You Belong With Me"

You're on the phone with your girlfriend ‒ she's upset,
She's going off about something that you said
'Cause she doesn't get your humour like I do.

I'm in the room ‒ it's a typical Tuesday night.
I'm listening to the kind of music she doesn't like.
And she'll never know your story like I do.

But she wears short skirts
I wear t-shirts
She's cheer captain
And I'm on the bleachers
Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find
That what you're looking for has been here the whole time.

If you could see
That I'm the one
Who understands you.
Been here all along.
So, why can't you see ‒
You belong with me,
You belong with me?

Walking the streets with you in your worn out jeans
I can't help thinking this is how it ought to be.
Laughing on a park bench thinking to myself,
"Hey, isn't this easy?"

And you've got a smile
That can light up this whole town.
I haven't seen it in awhile
Since she brought you down.

You say you're fine ‒ I know you better than that.
Hey, what you doing with a girl like that?

She wears high heels,
I wear sneakers.
She's cheer captain,
And I'm on the bleachers.
Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find
That what you're looking for has been here the whole time.

If you could see
That I'm the one
Who understands you,
Been here all along.
So, why can't you see ‒
You belong with me?

Standing by and waiting at your backdoor.
All this time how could you not know, baby ‒
You belong with me,
You belong with me?

[Instrumental]

Oh, I remember you were driving to my house
In the middle of the night.
I'm the one who makes you laugh
When you know you're 'bout to cry.
I know your favourite songs,
And you tell me about your dreams.
Think I know where you belong,
Think I know it's with me.

Can't you see
That I'm the one
Who understands you?
Been here all along.
So, why can't you see ‒
You belong with me?

Standing by and waiting at your backdoor.
All this time how could you not know, baby ‒
You belong with me,
You belong with me?

You belong with me.

Have you ever thought just maybe
You belong with me?

You belong with me.


This is the entire song with rhythm guitar, bass, drums, and synth strings. Kinda haunting sound. Anyway, have fun!

In the video, Elizabeth is singing to the backing track.

Elizabeth Storms performing You Belong With Me

This is the backing track for the song. There is a two bar drum intro before the rhythm guitar starts.

The Official Video. Put on the capo and play along!

G Major (Capo Third Fret)
G Major (Capo Third Fret)
E minor (Capo Third Fret)
E minor (Capo Third Fret)
C Major (Capo Third Fret)
C Major (Capo Third Fret)
D Major (Capo Third Fret)
D Major (Capo Third Fret)

Teardrops On My Guitar

This is an easy strumming chart for Taylor Swift's first hit song, Teardrops On My Guitar. All the chords are normal open shapes, and the strumming pattern is exactly the same as You Belong With Me, with the exception of the tie between the 'and' of two and first half of beat three. A very subtle difference in the notation, but quite a big change in the sound of the pattern. The strum direction is: down, down-up, up-down-up. Let your strum hand glide by the strings on the downstroke that would normally be beat three, and, with an upstroke, hit the strings on the second half of the beat. Remember to keep your hand moving in a strict eighth note strumming pattern, and simply miss the divisions of the beat that are not played.

Place a capo on the third fret this time to play along with the recording. The G Major becomes Bb Major, the Em becomes Gm, the C Major becomes Eb Major and the D Major shifts to F Major.

Use the alternate fingering of the first and second finger for the Em, it makes the change to the C Major so much easier.

Teardrops On My Guitar

Lyrics

"Teardrops On My Guitar"

Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won't see
That I want and I'm needing everything that we should be
I'll bet she's beautiful, that girl he talks about,
And she's got everything that I have to live without.

Drew talks to me, I laugh 'cause it's just so funny [radio version]
Drew talks to me, I laugh 'cause it's so damn funny [CD version]
And I can't even see anyone when he's with me
He says he's so in love, he's finally got it right,
I wonder if he knows he's all I think about at night

[Chorus:]
He's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar
The only thing that keeps me wishing on a wishing star
He's the song in the car I keep singing, don't know why I do

Drew walks by me, can he tell that I can't breathe?
And there he goes, so perfectly,
The kind of flawless I wish I could be
She better hold him tight, give him all her love
Look in those beautiful eyes and know she's lucky 'cause

[Chorus]

So I drive home alone.
As I turn out the light
I'll put his picture down
And maybe get some sleep tonight.

'Cause he's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar
The only one who's got enough of me to break my heart
He's the song in the car I keep singing, don't know why I do
He's the time taken up, but there's never enough
And he's all that I need to fall into.

Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won't see.

Teardrops On My Guitar • Complete Rhythm Guitar

Backing Track

There is a two bar intro: count 1,2,1,2,3,4

Teardrops On My Guitar Play Along Track

Official Video

D Major
D Major
A Major
A Major
G Major
G Major

Mary's Song

No capo for this tune. The song is in the key of D Major. Chords for D Major: D Em F#m G A Bm C#dim D. Once again, like so many new country songs, there is only four chords and the song is totally diatonic. Since the tempo is fairly slow, I have notated the rhythm pattern with eighths and sixteenths. Treat the strum direction the same as quarters and eighths. Downstrokes for the eighths and upstrokes for the sixteenths. Watch for the repeats, and cut the eighth note strums just before the rests sharply (in measure twenty eight, after playing the eighth note on the first half of the third beat, lay the palm of your strum hand across the strings to deaden the sound, that is, don't let the strings ring).

Mary's Song

Lyrics

"Mary's Song (Oh My My My)"

She said, I was seven and you were nine
I looked at you like the stars that shined
In the sky, the pretty lights
And our daddies used to joke about the two of us
Growing up and falling in love and our mamas smiled
And rolled their eyes and said oh my my my

Take me back to the house in the backyard tree
Said you'd beat me up, you were bigger than me
You never did, you never did
Take me back when our world was one block wide
I dared you to kiss me and ran when you tried
Just two kids, you and I...
Oh my my my my

Well, I was sixteen when suddenly
I wasn't that little girl you used to see
But your eyes still shined like pretty lights
And our daddies used to joke about the two of us
They never believed we'd really fall in love
And our mamas smiled and rolled their eyes
And said oh my my my...

Take me back to the creek beds we turned up
Two A.M. riding in your truck and all I need is you next to me
Take me back to the time we had our very first fight
The slamming of doors instead of kissing goodnight
You stayed outside till the morning light
Oh my my my my

A few years had gone and come around
We were sitting at our favorite spot in town
And you looked at me, got down on one knee

Take me back to the time when we walked down the aisle
Our whole town came and our mamas cried
You said I do and I did too
Take me home where we met so many years before
We'll rock our babies on that very front porch
After all this time, you and I

I'll be eighty-seven; you'll be eighty-nine
I'll still look at you like the stars that shine
In the sky, oh my my my...

Mary's Song

Official Video

D Major
D Major
Em
Em
G Major
G Major
A Major
A Major

Our Song

No capo for this tune, either. Once again, the song is in the key of D Major, in fact, they are the same four chords as Mary's Song. Chords for D Major: D Em F#m G A Bm C#dim D. The strum pattern is only half of the pattern as Mary's Song, but there is a different technique in use. The first two strums are palm muted (PM) with the palm of the strum hand, at the same time that the strum is executed. This is a very common way to mute open chords, but will require some practice. This style of muting lends a very percussive sound to your playing and sounds great on acoustic guitars. Accent the first half of the second beat. This should result in a country rhythm guitar sound, very cool! There are some tricky measures. In bar seventeen, the A Major chord is only played on the fourth beat. I have notated this with two eighth note downstrokes to make the change easier, and to add some more force to this part. This happens in various measures, so keep read and count carefully. In measure fifty eight, play all downstrokes, on 1&2, then again on &4&. Please refer to the video.

Our Song

Lyrics

"Our Song"

I was riding shotgun
With my hair undone
In the front seat of his car
He's got a one-hand feel
On the steering wheel
The other on my heart
I look around, turn the radio down
He says, "Baby is something wrong?"
I say, "Nothing,
I was just thinking
How we don't have a song"
And he says...

[Chorus:]
Our song is the slamming screen door,
Sneakin' out late, tapping on your window
When we're on the phone and you talk real slow
'cause it's late and your mama don't know
Our song is the way you laugh
The first date: "Man, I didn't kiss her, and I should have"
And when I got home ... 'fore I said amen
Asking God if he could play it again

I was walking up
The front porch steps
After everything that day
Had gone all wrong
And been trampled on
And lost and thrown away
Got to the hallway,
Well on my way
To my lovin' bed
I almost didn't notice
All the roses
And the note that said...

[Chorus:]
Our song is the slamming screen door,
Sneakin' out late, tapping on your window
When we're on the phone and you talk real slow
'cause it's late and your mama don't know
Our song is the way you laugh
The first date: "Man, I didn't kiss her, and I should have"
And when I got home ... 'fore I said amen
Asking God if he could play it again

I've heard every album, listened to the radio
Waited for something to come along
That was as good as our song...

[Chorus:]
'Cause our song is the slamming screen door,
Sneakin' out late, tapping on his window
When we're on the phone and he talks real slow
'cause it's late and his mama don't know
Our song is the way he laughs
The first date: "Man, I didn't kiss him, and I should have"
And when I got home ... 'fore I said amen
Asking God if he could play it again
Play it again

I was riding shotgun
With my hair undone
In the front seat of his car
I grabbed a pen
And an old napkin
And I wrote down our song

Our Song

Official Video

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I wish I knew enough about guitar to judge this. But I'll pass this on to my guitarist brother, who I'm sure would vote it Up and Useful.


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Lorne Hemmerling 4 years ago from Port Hope Author

Thanks, my friend! He should find this fairly easy. Let me know what he thinks. This is the beginner teaching method I have been using for years.


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oldiesmusic 2 years ago from United States

Although I played piano, I also attempted to play guitar but only the easy chords (Em, A, Am, D, E, the like). I have short arms and fingers hehehehe. An ordinary acoustic guitar was the only available. I think the capo would help deal with that. Thanks for the very useful hub. I'm also entertained by your videos, aside from being educational. :)


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Lorne Hemmerling 2 years ago from Port Hope Author

The capo should help. Thanks so much for the compliment. Good luck!


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Md shariwer 2 months ago from park more, Rangpur, Bangladesh

Though I love guitar very much but not able to play it. I wish I were a guitarist

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