Every Breath You Take Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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

Every Breath You Take by The Police works great played as fingerstyle, and once you get the chords down it flows really nicely.

The song is based around the use of add9th chords more or less throughout. If you're not used to them you may find some of the fingerings a little difficult at first. Nonetheless, they're very rich sounding and well worth getting to know.

Every Breath You Take Song Facts:

  • Tuning - standard
  • Capo - 1st fret
  • Difficulty - beginner-intermediate
  • BPM - 117

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The Lesson

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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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Tell me what you found hard/easy and add any song suggestions that you may have.

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  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.

  3. Destiny White left a comment on 15th November 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I love how these videos are for free it makes things easier thank you

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 22nd November 2019 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks Destiny.

  4. Joron left a comment on 4th January 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Your video shows two measures of C add9 for start of chorus, but tabs shows one measure C add9 and one C7? Thanks for the great lessons!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 7th January 2020 at 11:06 am

      Yes you’re right, I ended up having to transcribe the song a year or so after I shot the video and I found that actually I was playing it slightly wrong. The TAB is correct here, my apologies.

  5. Chris left a comment on 18th June 2020 at 3:56 am

    Thanks Chris! You did a very great work of breaking that down.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 18th June 2020 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks Chris, glad you enjoyed it.

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