Chords and strumming

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1234 chords and strumming


‘1234’ is a single from Feist which came to fame through an early iPod ad.

This arrangement uses a drop D tuning. Because of this, chords played from string six must 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 course.

Chord progression

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 |

Take the intermediate guitar course and you’ll get complete TAB for how it’s played in the video lessons.

Playing in a “Drop D tuning”

‘1234’ is played in drop D tuning, this means that you lower the 6th string from an E to a D. Because of this, 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 five rather than three. This means you can barre it from the root up to string four, using just one finger.

This creates a thick sounding chord which works 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. Mute the 5th string, root on fret five, string six.

Get the whole picture of how to play ‘1234’ in the intermediate course.

Related Pages

1234 – Lyrics

1234One, two, three, four
Tell me that you love me more
Sleepless long nights
That is what my youth was for
Old teenage hopes are alive at your door

For complete lyrics, go to 1234 lyrics.

Feist – Biography

feist-thumbAs a daughter of an abstract expressionist university lecturer, Feist’s artistic path was seemingly laid out with keen interests in dance, paint, film, and music.

All of these elements came together in the video for ‘1234’. When the song and video were used to promote Apple’s iPod, Feist became famous overnight.

To find out more, go to Feist biography.


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

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

To see all lessons in the intermediate course, go to Intermediate Guitar Course


All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

You’ll map out the entire fretboard at this stage. Chord progressions become easier to see once played as barre chords and little licks will start appearing in your playing.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Intermediate Guitar Lessons


Learn how to play famous intermediate songs.

‘1234’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. ‘American Pie’, ‘Angie’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’, ‘Fast Car’, ‘Hey There Delilah’, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, ‘I’m Yours’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Last Request’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Red’, ‘The Scientist’, ‘Starman’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Whistle For The Choir’.

To preview each song, go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs

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