This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Just Like Heaven by The Cure.
Just Like heaven was written in 1987 and appears on The Cure's album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. The song went on to reach Number 40 on the Billboard charts.
Once you've learnt this arrangement, I'm very confident that you'll enjoy playing it as it really is a lot of fun. The chords to the song are very straightforward but the melody is pretty demanding at times. I'd strongly recommend learning the lyrics of the song, this will really help cement everything in place and then you'll always know what's coming up around the corner.
Alright, let's starting learning how to play Just Like Heaven!
- Key - A major
- Tuning - standard
- Tempo - 153 bpm
- Difficulty - advanced
Just Like Heaven (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Just Like Heaven, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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Just Like Heaven Guitar Lesson (Intro)
The intro of Just Like Heaven isn't too tricky, it's just four basic chords being strummed with a simply melody added in the second time through. Bear in mind that the chord progression used here is the same for the majority of the song, with the exception of the bridge.
If you want the lyrics of Just Like Heaven and just the chords in their most basic form, then you can find them here.
How to Play the Riff
Time now to learn the classic riff from Just Like Heaven. Bear in mind that if you find the slightly syncopated bass a little hard, you can simplify it to just quarter notes throughout.
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The 1st Verse
Into the verse now, this is where the melody really takes off.
The 2nd verse is similar to the 1st but there are some changes to melody that you need to get right.
The bridge is the only section of the song that introduces new chords - F#m and G major. This is section is probably a little easier than the verse.
For the instrumental section of Just Like Heaven we have to move right up the neck to be able to play the notes of the melody.
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Now we have the 3rd and final verse of Just Like Heaven to learn.
There's just the quick outro to learn now and the good news is that it's virtually the same as the bridge, so almost all your hard work it done.
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