Time After Time was originally written by American singer Cyndi Lauper in 1983 (released in 1994) and the song became Lauper's first number 1 hit in the US. Eva Cassidy then wrote her cover of Time After Time in the mid nineties and it's her version that we're going to be learning in this lesson.
This song is great for fingerpickers of an intermediate level as it certainly has a few challenging bits in it. Some parts are really quite straightforward, the verse for example, while other parts are pretty tough. One area you may find particularly difficult is the chorus as the chords seem to just fly by. Having said that if you've been playing for a while, you shouldn't struggle too much.
Ok, let's pick up our guitars and start learning this truly beautiful song!
- Capo - 2nd fret
- Key - D major (D with capo, C without)
- Tuning - standard
- Tempo - 93 bpm
- Difficulty - intermediate
Time After Time (Performance)
As you learn to play this Time After Time, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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Intro, Verse & Bridge
In this first lesson we learn how to play the intro, verse and the bridge of Time After Time. As I mentioned before, you shouldn't struggle too much with the verse as it's just one very simple pattern looped on a C chord; it's very easy. You may however struggle a little more with the intro and the bridge. As always, just take your time.
I'd say that the chorus is the hardest section of Time After Time. This is because some of the chords can be a little tricky to grip and they move by really fast. Although it's the most complicated section of the song, it's also the most enjoy part to play in my opinion once you've mastered it.
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Thankfully, by the time you've gotten to the outro of Time After Time you've more or less learnt all the parts, it's just the structure that's a little different here. Although it's the most complicated part of the song, in my opinion it's also the most enjoyable part to play once you've mastered it.
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