Red Chords

Red chords lesson

Learn how to play Red on one acoustic guitar!

‘Red’ is a single by Daniel Merriweather, produced by the hugely successful Mark Ronson.

This song is in the key of E major and only use the I, IV, V and VI chord throughout the entire song.

To spice things up and compensate for the lack of huge production, open strings have been incorporated into the one guitar arrangement.

These open strings create some unique extensions to the chords.

Red chord progression

The Intro/Instrumental section is only an E with an added 9th every other bar, like this:

| E | Eadd9 |

The Verse is simple, only moving between A and E, spiced up with a couple of extensions, like this:

| Asus2 | Asus2 | E Eadd9 | E | x2

The Bridge introduce some new chords, taking the song to chord VI for the first time, looks like this:

| C#m | Bsus4 | Asus2 | Asus2 | x2

The Chorus is very similar to the Verse, just swapped around with a VI chord snuck in.

| E | E | C#m | A | x2
| E Eadd9 | E Eadd9 |

There’s another couple of progressions in the song before the M8 and during the Outro, you’ll get all of them as well as full TAB of what happens in the video lesson when you take the full course.

Extending chords in Red

Some of the chords in ‘Red’ have been extended.

Using the same open strings throughout we get different extensions depending on what chord is used.

For example, the C#m with an open B and E string produce a C#m7, but over an A chord you get an add9.

You’ll get to the bottom of this concept when you take the Intermediate Guitar Course.