Every Breath You Take

Every Breath You Take by The Police (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

  • 8th February 2018
  • Songs

Scroll down for full video lesson (with tab) of Every breath You Take.

Every Breath You Take by The Police works great played as fingerstyle, and once you get the chords down it flows very nicely. The song is based around the use of add9th chords and if you're not used to them you may find some of the fingerings a little difficult. Nonetheless, they are rich sounding and well worth getting to know.

Every Breath You Take is no. 10 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and subscribe to get weekly lessons for each song!

Every Breath You Take Song Facts:

  • Released 1983
  • Album - Synchronicity
  • Grammy award for Record of the Year
  • Written by Sting
  • Reached no. 1 in The U.K, U.S.A, Canada, Israel, Ireland and South Africa.
  • Key Ab
  • BPM - 117

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Every breath Intro

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The verse uses more or less the same chord progression as the intro. The only difference is that for bars 7 and 8 it goes to Emadd9 instead of Gadd9.

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In the chorus of Every Breath You Take, the Aadd9th chord has been added. This really adds a strong lift as it prepares to go back to the verse. This new chord can be rather demanding on your left hand and will likely require some repetitive practice to get consistently right.

Every Breath You Take Chorus

The Bridge:

Although you can of course fingerpick your way through the bridge I tend to transfer over to strumming as it increases the dynamic range of the song. Personally, I like to play the bass note of the chord on beat one with my thumb and then strum the rest of the bar with my first and second fingers.

If you want to make sure that you're really on the right track with fingerpicking I recommend trying one of my fingerstyle guitar courses. Find out more here.

  1. Nik Leduc left a comment on 9th April 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you for making theses lessons and YouTube videos for free it really helps

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 10th April 2019 at 11:45 am

      It’s a pleasure.

  2. Josh Lowe left a comment on 2nd May 2019 at 9:52 am

    You call it Eb in the bridge but I am pretty sure that’s an E?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 5th May 2019 at 11:18 am

      Yes it’s an E. It’s because of the capo on the 1st that I’m calling it an Eb. Most people find it a little easier to understand that way. It’s one of those things, either way you’re going to confuse some people.

      • Joshua Lowe left a comment on 6th May 2019 at 12:35 pm

        I see that makes sense now. Thanks for reply.

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