Close To You

Close To You

Chords and fingerstyle arrangement

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Close To You chords and fingerstyle arrangement


Carpenters ‘Close To You’ was written by Burt Bacharach so we are in for some clever chordal movement!

Starting off with an Asus2 chord, Bacharach cleverly disguises where the key center is since a sus2 chord could be almost any of the seven chords from a key.

When the next chord enters a semitone below it is clear to the eagled-eyed key center enthusiast that the first chord was in fact chord IV.

In the video lesson, there’s a capo on fret three and the key you’re hearing is G. Because of the capo, you think of this as if in the key of E.

Chord progression

The full verse chord progression (thinking in the key of E major) is:

| Asus2 | G#m | G#m7 | C#m | Aadd9 | Aadd9 | E | E |

The verse is taking six bars to reach the E chord and resolve, very clever.

Also, notice the difference between the Asus2 and Aadd9, the latter has a 3rd.

Take the advanced guitar course to learn more about the chords in ‘Close To You’.

There’s full TAB available of what happens in the video, including the solo section.

Fingerstyle technique

Similar to ‘Over The Rainbow‘, ‘Close To You’ is played in the way that a classical guitarist would play, using a floating right-hand technique.

With the use of rakes (strumming a chord quickly one note after another) this song works great on just one guitar.

Keeping the tempo loose, leaving time for the singer to come back in, makes the verse even better. Providing a steady rhythm for the chorus gives that approach a nice contrast.

You get all the TAB and explanations you could possibly need to play ‘Close To You’ when you take the advanced course.

Related Pages

Close To You – Lyrics

Close to YouWhy do birds suddenly appear
Every time you are near
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
Why do stars fall down from the sky

For complete lyrics, go to Close To You lyrics.

Carpenters – Biography

carpenters-thumbBrother and sister, Karen and Richard Carpenter started out in music early on.

Richard was on piano and Karen was eventually on vocals, although her road to becoming a singer was a long and complicated one.

At first, Karen started out playing the Glockenspiel and drums!

To find out more, go to Carpenters biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

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These are pretty advanced exercises. You’ll be playing 7th note chords, arpeggios and modes all over the neck.

But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fretboard with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Advanced Guitar Lessons


Learn how to play famous advanced songs.

‘Angels’, ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Cannonball’, ‘Close To You’, ‘Creepin’ In’, ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘Take Me To The River’, ‘Tears In Heaven’, and ‘Wish You Were Here’.

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