Learn How To Play I’m Yours
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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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.
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.
I’m Yours – Step 1
To understand this we start by studying the nursery rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider, which is actually more complex than I’m Yours.
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I’m Yours – Step 2
They all do so over the very catchy I V VI IV progression.
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I’m Yours – Step 3
I actually recorded this before Jason released his official version and had my own first youtube hit with it.
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I’m Yours – Step 4
Without it, I’m Yours may have been a bit too nursery rhyme like.
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I’m Yours – Step 5
Use the video with me and the singer(s) to help you learn this one guitar arrangement.
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I’m Yours – Step 6
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
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
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.
Go to I’m Yours Lyrics.
It was as if the stage was set for Jason to finally release the smash hit everyone knew he’d already written.
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The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
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Intermediate Acoustic Songs
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.
We’ll use this to map out the entire fretboard. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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