More Than Words Guitar Lesson

More Than Words by Extreme (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson with TAB)

More Than Words was written by American funk-metal band 'Extreme' and it appears on their classic album 'Pornograffitti'. Extreme wrote the song in 1991 and it's gone on to become the band's biggest hit, reaching number one in the U.S.A, Canada, New Zealand, Belgium and The Netherlands. Nuno Bettencourt is the guitarist for Extreme and a shredder at heart, More Than words is certainly a detour from his usual style of playing.

Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play More Than Words!

Song Details:

  • Tuning - Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb (half step down)
  • Key - Gb
  • Tempo - 92 bpm
  • Difficulty - Intermediate

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The Intro Lesson for More Than Words

Although simple compared to a lot of Extreme's songs, More Than Words can still be hard to learn for many players. The chords are easy enough, but it's the rhythm that is a little odd at times, and the slightly unorthodox fingerstyle technique Bettencourt uses. You want to really focus on getting the introduction secure before venturing into any other area of the song.

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How to Play the Verse 

The verse begins with the same progression as the intro, then more chords are brought in after.

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How to Play the Chorus

This section is a little easier than the verse I'd say.

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Paul left a comment on 25th August 2018 at 8:56 am

    Hi Chris,

    Really enjoy your lessons. I’m having a hard time putting the three sections of this lesson together. It would be very helpful if you would do a complete play through of your songs in with your lessons to demonstrate there flow.

    Thank you

  2. JY left a comment on 10th February 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Hi, I would like to know how did you change the chords really quickly? I always have a problem doing this

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 13th February 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Hey, the honest answer is practice. If you can’t do something on guitar the only reason why is because you haven’t done it enough times.

      It’s a frustrating reply I know but it is true. My old teachers used to give me the same answer and it would wind me up. Now I can see that they were just being honest. Just keep on going!

  3. Michael left a comment on 17th February 2021 at 11:53 am

    Hey Chris,

    Great lesson as usual. Loved learning this song. Still have a few bits to iron out but overall I have it down so thank you for the great lessons. I’m taking a wee break now. My 4th finger has done more work on this song in the last few days than it has in the last 2 months so I have a callus on my callus.😆

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 21st February 2021 at 7:33 pm

      Sounds like you’ve earnt a break from all that practice. Keep up the good work!

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