I’m Yours

Learn How To Play I’m Yours

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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About

I’m Yours is a single by Jason Mraz, officially recorded for the 2008 album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, it became a huge hit.

My one guitar version was actually recorded before Mraz officially released it. I based it on an early live version.

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 as most of the song is played using barre chords, further up the neck.

We cover the arrangement in detail in the cousre.


Chord progression

If you don’t use a capo, the chord progression for the verse/chorus section is simple with its I – V – VI – IV progression.

| B | F#/A# | G#m | E |

A few licks are incorporated in the arrangement. These could be seen as chord extensions.

| B B6 | F#/A# F#add9 | G#m | E Emaj7 |

The chord progression only changes once and that is for the m8 section.

| B F#/A# | G#m F# | E | C# |


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 visualize 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 practice the chord progression all over the neck in order to find out which shapes sound the best to you.

When you take the intermediate course, you’ll do just this as you play along with me and the singer to discover your best 2nd guitar part.


Guitar Lessons


I’m Yours – Step 1

Let’s find out how to write a hit melody! The secret is in rhythmic repetition and how the intervals relate to the chords.

To understand this we start by studying the nursery rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider, which is actually more complex than I’m Yours.

Go to I’m Yours Step 1.


I’m Yours – Step 2

Let’s put 6 massive hits under the microscope that all use nursery style melody writing.

They all do so over the very catchy I V VI IV progression.

Go to I’m Yours Step 2.


I’m Yours – Step 3

The time has come to learn how to play I’m Yours by Jason Mraz.

I actually recorded this before Jason released his official version and had my own first youtube hit with it.

Go to I’m Yours Step 3.


I’m Yours – Step 4

In this step, we look at the M8. This section provides some much-needed tension.

Without it, I’m Yours may have been a bit too nursery rhyme like.

Go to I’m Yours Step 4.


I’m Yours – Step 5

It’s time to play the complete song. A simple chart is provided in the key we think of as we use a capo.

Use the video with me and the singer(s) to help you learn this one guitar arrangement.

Go to I’m Yours Step 5.


I’m Yours – Step 6

Let the real learning begin! By creating a simple 2nd guitar part we can move around the fretboard.

Without a capo we are now in the key of B. It’s only four chords but the key is tricky…

Go to I’m Yours Step 6.


I’m Yours – Step 7

Let’s work on a 2nd guitar part for the M8 section. As you’ve already done this for the verse it is not too difficult.

To challenge you a bit more, I’ve made another example, it’s a quick one…

Go to I’m Yours Step 7.


I’m Yours – Step 8

Let’s play this song as a band.

You know what I’m going to play, it’s up to you to provide the variation by moving around the fretboard in an improvised way.

Go to I’m Yours Step 8.


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Lyrics

I'm YoursWell you done, done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted
I fell right through the cracks
And now I’m trying to get back

Go to I’m Yours Lyrics.


Biography

jason-mraz-thumbMraz second album, Mr A-Z was released in 2005. Jason promoted it by touring as a support act for Alanis Morrisette, Tracy Chapman and James Blunt the world over.

It was as if the stage was set for Jason to finally release the smash hit everyone knew he’d already written.

Go to Jason Mraz Biography.


Course

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.

Go to Intermediate Guitar Course.


Intermediate Acoustic Songs

You can learn how to play these intermediate songs on the acoustic guitar.

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.


Exercises

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

We’ll use this to map out the entire fretboard. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.

Go to Intermediate Guitar Exercises.


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