I’M YOURS ON ONE ACOUSTIC GUITAR
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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song
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I’m Yours’ is a single by Jason Mraz, originally appearing on a live EP in 2005. It was then re-recorded for the 2008 album ‘We Sing , We Dance, We Steal Things’ and became a huge hit.
Spy Tunes’ one guitar version was actually recorded before Mraz officially released it. I based it on an early live version, released on an EP in 2005 entitled ‘Extra Credit’.
‘I’m Yours’ is in the unusual key of B. I’ve placed a capo on fret 2 to have the open A and E chords at hand. However, they only appear occasionally because most of the song is played using barre chords, further up the neck.
Because of this, we think of it as if in the key of B still and I have provided the chords for the song in the original key.
The verse/chorus section is simple with it’s I – V – VI – IV progression. This is possibly the most common chord progression for big hits.
| B | F#/A# | G#m | E |
A few licks are incorporated in the arrangement. These could be seen as chord extensions. If they were included you’d get this:
| B B6 | F#/A# F#add9 | G#m | E Emaj7 |
The chord progression only changes once and that is for the m8 section, like this:
| B F#/A# | G#m F# | E | C# |
You’ll get the full lesson including strumming patterns, TAB, charts and more in the intermediate guitar course.
Playing fractions of chords
In ‘I’m Yours’ you don’t play full barre chord shapes. Only fractions of the full shapes are used over no more than three strings at a time. As we’re in the key of B this can be difficult to visualise on the fretboard at first.
Most great guitar parts only use fractions of a barre chord shape like this so it would be a great idea to practise all shapes in all keys to really get to know them.
When you take the intermediate course, we start by learning all shapes all over the neck in small fractions, just like you do when you play ‘I’m Yours’.