This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for With Or Without You by U2.
With Or Without You is a song by Irish rock band U2 and it appears on their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.
This is such a simple and beautiful song, it consists of just four easy chords and the same progression runs continuously throughout the entire piece. This certainly makes things a bit easier when learning how to play it on the guitar.
This fingerstyle arrangement isn't too fancy and just sticks to the open position chords. So it's perfect for you if you're around the beginner to intermediate stage of your playing.
Alright, let's start learning how to play With Or Without You!
- Key - C major (without a capo, D with)
- Capo - 2nd fret
- Tuning - standard
- Tempo - 110 bpm
- Difficulty - intermediate
With Or Without You (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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With Or Without You Guitar Lesson (Part 1)
In this first video lesson we learn the chord progression that's used throughout the song and then we put it into practice and learn how to play the intro, first verse and chorus. As always, really take your time and make sure all the notes are lined up correctly before you start to bring up the tempo.
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How to Play the 2nd Verse
Thankfully the 2nd verse is very similar to the 1st, there are just a few very small nuances that you need to learn. Remember that the chords haven't changed at all, it's just the melody that's ever so slightly different.
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How to Play the Bridge
Let's take a look at the bridge now. This section may be a little bit harder than the verse due to the awkward fingering when changing between the C and C/G chords. I suggest two ways to play it in the lesson so pick whichever feels easiest to you.
How to Play the 3rd Verse
There's just one more verse to look at now and again it's similar to the others, just with a few subtle difference here and there.
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The Interlude Section
The only other section is the little interlude part. You'll recognise it as soon as you hear it played on the guitar. These few bars are really fun to play!
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