How to Play the song Green Eyes by Coldplay

Hey, this is Claude Johnson with Guitar Control, I’m strumming some chords, Coldplay style and this is from a song called “Green Eyes”.


What’s interesting about this is the strum rhythm that I’m doing it’s like a swing rhythm so it’s almost like you counted out 1, 2, and a 4, 1, 2, in full ramp but it’s like a swing rhythm, so it’s like it’s got that triplet feel Bill Turner Whitted, so I always teach the swing rhythm by starting to count I have 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, and then you tie that one of the two together.

So you end up with one instead of 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 3, 1, 3, to get that pulse let me just slow that count down so 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 3, 1, 3,  so again 1, 3, 1, so if I were just coming out like normal time like 1, 1, 2, and at 4 end it would be more like 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, and 4 & 1, 2 & 4 & 1, 2 and 4 and, so instead of that where the 1, 2 & 4, now you’re doing 1 to N, and fold my bum, bum, bum, bum, right 1 to N and I even like counting it because it’s not exactly those beats but it’s like a swing but if you were counting it you would be like 1, 2 place I’ll give you the chords with just a sec I just want to show you the rhythm because that’s the most challenging part so anyway hope that made sense all right so what I’m doing here and you’ll notice that I have this nifty little thing here called the capo it basically clamps on to my neck and I’m  putting it on the 2nd fret, so what that does is it frets everything here so that I can play my shapes up here this is like a G chord shape but since I’m playing it up two frets it’s actually a G shape.

So we have G and then this D/ F sharp, that means F sharp in the base I went over slash chords on one of my other videos so check that out. So I get my thumb on the 2nd fret or in this case would be the 4th fret, and then I have A minor or A minor 7, another interesting thing about this song is they’re playing the guitar the song it’s not me it’s not the full chord we’re actually just getting like the four lowest strings in the G. The five lowest strings so that’s important because often the most important note at the chord is the highest note because that’s what’s called the melody note. So we had this and that the A minor 7 again we going up to the B-string, so usually when we talk about chords we’re talking about well we only play the highest five chords or only play the you know the highest five strings if you’re playing going to seek word or the highest five strings that you were playing a D chord here we’re talking about just the lowest strings little unusual so the lowest four strings and in the lowest five strings and then the lowest five strings so again it’s almost like a balance very cool song very cool vibes.

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