Last Request

Last Request

Chords and fingerstyle arrangement

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Last Request chords and finger style arrangement


Paolo Nutini‘s first single ‘Last request’ is played with a capo in the video guitar lesson. We did this so the key would be right for the singer.

In order to get the same key as Paolo Nutini, simply play the same chords without a capo. Either way, you’ll think about this song as if it is in the key of F.

In this video lesson, you’ll see all the chords played from beginning to end using just one acoustic guitar.

Chord progression

The intro/verse chords are I – III – Vm – II. This is not your average chord progression, Vm is extremely rare. In the key of F you get this:

| F | Am | Cm | Gm |

The pre-chorus/m8 is more common using a IV – VI – II progression. Looks like this when translated to the key of F:

| Bb Dm | Gm |

The chorus is very traditional with all movements having appeared in hundreds of hits.

| F Am | Dm | Gm | Bb C |

In the intermediate guitar course, we look into everything that happens in the video lesson. You get full TAB of every detail.

Strumming without a pick

When playing a finger-picked song, it’s nice to add a little bit of strumming to enhance sections of a song.

As you can see in the video lesson, this is done very lightly at first. As we enter the m8 at 2:29, the strumming is still held back allowing the new chords to do the work of moving the listener in a new direction.

At 2:40, we get the classic trick of muting the initial chords of the chorus. This pulls the attention towards the chorus melody. As we finish off with a few more choruses the strumming is now in full force.

Building an arrangement using dynamics like this is essential, especially when you play a whole set of songs live.

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Last Request – Paolo Nutini

Last RequestSlow down, lie down
Remember it’s just you and me
Don’t sell out, bow out
Remember how this used to be
I just want you closer, is that alright?

For complete lyrics, go to Last Request lyrics.

Paolo Nutini – Biography

paolo-nutini-thumbPaolo Nutini’s career started when an artist was late to perform in his school, Paolo was asked by the music teacher to go up and sing a song.

The reaction from the crowd to Paolo’s naturally stunning voice caught the attention of his (soon to be) manager who happened to be in the crowd.

To find out more, go to Paolo Nutini 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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