Learn how to play Rewind on one acoustic guitar!
‘Rewind’ is a single off Paolo Nutini‘s first album These Streets.
It’s simple progression does hide a few extensions and variations, adding colour and tension.
Arranged for just one guitar it is perhaps the strumming pattern with it’s many up strokes that is the most difficult to learn.
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Rewind chord progression
Here are the chords to the Intro/Verse.
| C Cadd9 | C Cadd9 | F Fadd9 | F Fadd9 |
The Pre Chorus use two chords from outside the key, the E should have been an Em and the Dm should have been a D in order to stay in the key.
| E | Dm |
The Chorus/Outro sections use the standard I – V – VI – IV progression, same as I’m Yours and another hundred (at least) hits.
| C | G | Am | F | x2
The M8 is a variation on the Bridge progression, a classic VI chord with a falling bass line.
| Dm | E | Am Am/G | Am/F Am/E |
| Dm | E | G | G |
Notice that there are only open position chords used in the song. This is because we place the capo on fret 2. You think in G, what you hear is in the key of A.
Rewind chord extensions!
A few extensions are found in ‘Rewind’, let’s go over them one by one:
Cadd9 – This is a C chord with an added 9th, this is the note D on string two, fret 3.
Fadd9 – This is an F chord with an added 9th, this is the note G on the open string three.
E – This is a modified chord. From the key of C this should have been an Em.
Am/G - This is an Am chord, with the note G in the bass. G is not part of an Am.
Am/F - This is an Am chord, with the note F in the bass. F is not part of an Am.
Am/E - This is an Am chord, with the note E in the bass. E is the 5th of an Am.
The descending bass line leads to a Dm, the full bass line moves: Am Am/G Am/F Am/E Dm.
Get the full lesson on how to play Rewind in the Beginner Guitar Course.