Learn how to play 1234 on one acoustic guitar!
’1234′ is a single from Feist which came to fame through an early iPod ad.
Played in a drop D tuning in order to catch the low D, chords played on string six have to be fretted differently.
The video lesson is a simple arrangement of how this song could be played on just one guitar.
If you want to learn more about arranging using open tunings, take the Intermediate Guitar Course.
1234 chord progression
’1234′ is played in drop D tuning, this mean that you lower the 6th string from an E, to a D.
These are the chords for the Intro/Verse/Outro sections:
| D D/C# | Bm G |
The Bridge is almost identical, only changing one chord, goes like this:
| D A/E | Bm G |
The Chorus is even simpler, moving only between chord V and IV, like this:
| A | G |
Because of the drop D tuning, we need to alter the way we fret a G chord, the root will be on fret 5, rather than 3.
Take the Intermediate Guitar Course and get TAB for how it’s played in the video.
1234 Drop D tuning
As the 6th string has been lowered to a D, all chord shapes using this string will have to be modified.
Simply raise whatever you were going to do with two frets:
G chord Verse/Bridge – The root is on fret 5 rather than 3, this means you can barre it from the root up to string 4, using just one finger.
This creates a thick sounding chord which work well with both D and D/C# as well as D and A/E.
G chord Chorus – During the Chorus the G chord looks more like an open position G, now mute the 5th string, still root on fret 5.
Get the whole picture of how to play ’1234′ in the Intermediate Guitar Course.