Robin Hood


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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song

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‘Robin Hood’ is a B-side that has become a fan favourite by British Indie band ‘Ocean Colour Scene’. The song uses a descending chord progression with only a few extensions and variations.

To get the TAB for what happens in the video and learn how to arrange a song like this, take the beginner course.

In this video lesson, you’ll see how to play the entire song on just one acoustic guitar.

Chord progression

These are the chords played in the verse.

| G D/F# | Em D | C | Dsus4 D |


| G D | C D |

| G | D/F# | Em | A | C | Dsus4 | C | D |

| G D/F# | C A | A |


| C | D | x2

| G D/F# | Em A |6/4 A |

| G D/F# | Em D | C | Dsus4 Dsus2 D | G |

Chord extensions and variations

A few chords have been extended. First, the D/F# is a D chord with the 3rd of the chord (the F#) in the bass.

As the progression moves from GDEm, it makes sense to add the F# to the D as this creates a descending bass line of GF#E.

Next, we find the Dsus4. Sus4 means suspended 4th. To create this chord, replace the 3rd (a F#) with the 4th (a G).

Later on, during the outro, we get a sus2. This is the opposite direction of the sus4. Instead of moving up from a F# to a G, we move down to the note E.

Simply play the top string open to create the Dsus2 chord.

One chord in the song is a variation, it’s the A (chord IIx) which should have been an Am (chord II). This A appears in the chorus and outro.

You’ll get an in-depth lesson on the chord progression, strumming pattern and how to build a second guitar part for ‘Robin Hood’ when you take the beginner course.

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