Happy Birthday on Acoustic Guitar for BEGINNERS (how to play)


In this lesson I’m gonna teach you how
to play happy birthday on the acoustic guitar for beginners. Now hang out to
the very end because I have a bonus for you. They’ll make this lesson even more
valuable. Happy birthday dear Johny. Happy birthday to you. Hi there I’m Tomas Michaud from Real
Guitar Success. I’m gonna get right into the lesson. First I’m gonna show you kind
of the traditional chords that a lot of people play for this song but then I’m
gonna quickly go into an upgraded version which is what I just played and
you’ll see why that’s not only easier but I think it even sounds better. And then finally, I’ll show you some strumming patterns and a special bonus at the end. I’m going to show you how to change the pitch to fit your voice
better. Let’s start off with the G chord. Now I’m playing a three finger G chord
using my pinky. The main reason I like this chord for this is that it’s gonna
be easy to switch over to the folk style C chord but if you know a different
version of G and you want to use it that’s perfectly fine. Next comes the
folk style C chord. You noticed I just take my pinky off and move the second
and third fingers over and put the first finger down on the first fret and then
we’re going to play a folk style D chord. So I’ve turned these two fingers around
and put that third finger in the middle. Now let’s go on to the upgraded version.
I’m not gonna play the song yet. What you’re going do is either use the
traditional chords or the upgraded chords and everything else will be the same.
By the way I’ve written out the chords and the tab for you. I’ll put a link in
the description so you can get that. The first chord is a four finger style G
chord. It looks difficult but I actually find it easier because even though
you’re using the pinky you’ve got the third finger there supporting it. It’s
also going to be really easy to move to the C and the D chord from here. So I’ve
got my second finger on the sixth string third fret. First finger is on the 2nd
fret of the fifth string. I have my third finger and pinky together on the third
fret that’s the second string and the first string. It sounds like this. It’s a very full sounding chord and it’s
used a lot in modern pop music. Now we’re going to a version of a C chord. Look how
easy it is to switch. We’re gonna take the second finger and move it over a
string and the first finger. Now I usually do that together so from here
it’s gonna be like this. Technically this is called a Cadd9 but a lot of people
just call it a version of C. You’ll find that it works as a substitute for the
folk style C and many many songs not all but many and it adds a little more
modern sound to it. Here’s what it sounds like. I hit that low E string not necessary
I usually go from the fifth string. It’s also not wrong so if you accidentally
hit it you’ll notice it doesn’t really sound bad. Now the final chord we’re
going to use is a folk style D chord. Now I’m going to show you moving from this C
to the D. Did you notice that my third finger stay right where it is? I am gonna
lift off my pinky. This third finger acts like an anchor between these three
chords. Watch this. I go to the G chord, pinky down, to the C chord. The third
finger and the pinky stay right where they are and now to the D. The third
finger stays where it is and I lift off the pinky. These two fingers move around.Now back to G. Watch this. Pinky goes down and the two fingers go over to the 6th
and 5th strings back to D. Because that finger is an anchor, it actually makes it
a little easier to get to the other notes because you’ve got something to
refer to. If these chords are new for you I
recommend you practice like this. Start off fingering the chord, press down and
then release your hand and do that over and over maybe you know 10 times and do
it over a period of days as well not just once. Then do the same thing but
strum down and see how the notes sounds. Spent just a couple of seconds. Adjustment if you need to and take it off and do it again. Now you’re starting
to develop some muscle memory. Once you’re starting to feel comfortable, it
doesn’t have to be perfect and another chord so you can practice switching. I’ll
recommend the D because we’re going to use this change a lot. Going to the D
chord, I move the two fingers over. Noticed I switched them around. The first finger
goes the third string and the second finger goes to the first string and then
take off the pinky third finger again stays exactly there. Now strum it and see
what it sounds like. If it’s new, you can go ahead and take it
off and finger it a few times to get used to putting your fingers in the
right place but then practice the switching. Go to the G chord do a simple
strum to see how it sounds and then to the D chord.
Do a simple strum and see how it sounds. Do that a little each day and it’ll get more and
more natural. Now it’s time to put the chords to the words. This is one of the
easier ways to decide when to change chords. Now use whichever versions of the
chords that you want. It’s going to be the same but start off with the G chord
and I’ll sing the words along and go very slow just so you can see where the
chord fits with the words. You can follow along with me which I encourage you to
or if you want you can just watch and then try it the second time around. Happy
birthday – E chord. Happy birthday to – go back to G – Happy birthday dear – you put somebody’s name here – Johnny Happy – how about the C chord, going to D – birthday to – back to G and that’s the end. We’re gonna add a strum to it now. This
song is in what we call 3/4 time. What’s most important about that is it just has
a three pulse feel to it – 1 2 3 so you can just strum straight down like
this 3 1 2 Happy Birthday to you 1 2 Happy Birthday and so on. I’m gonna show you a simple strum that kind of helps you
keep track of where the pulse is. We’re gonna hit the bass note and then strum
twice. Now when I see hit the bass note don’t worry if you hit one note or two
notes or three it doesn’t matter. I mean more like in the base area so if I hit
this note or if I hit the first two that’s okay. It still sounds different
enough to give it a little groove. So the strums going to be like this base, strum,
strum. Let’s count it 1 2 3 . Play any G chord you want and let’s do
it together. One, ready go bass, strum strum, bass, strum, strum, bass, strum strum, base, strum, strum. Now let’s do it on a D chord because we got a different bass
note. The bass note for the D chord is on this fourth string. Again a little harder
to hit exactly right on. It’s okay if you hit the fifth string even if you get all
the way the sixth string but usually what people do is they hit that fifth string.
Let’s try it. Try to hit the fourth string. Here we go – 1 ready play – base, strum, strum, base, strum, strum, base. I hit the fifth string sounds good, right? Okay
now let’s try that C chord. We’re gonna use the fifth string for the bass and
again if you hit the sixth string it sounds just fine. Here we go. Go ahead and
make any C chord you want and here we go. One ready play 1 2 3 – 1 2 3 – 1 2 3 – 1 2 3 Now we’re gonna put the strum and the
words together along with that melody and actually plays a song. I’d love for
you to play along with me or if you just want to watch and then
try it afterwards that’s fine too. I’m gonna start strumming and then come on
with the words. Here we go and again another strum. Here we go – happy birthday to D
happy birthday back to G. Happy birthday happy to C birthday , happy B birthday to you. One more time Happy birthday going to G now you – Happy birthday dear Johnny – C chord
happy B chord birthday to G you. Now here’s a bonus I’m gonna show you how to adjust the
song to fit your voice. Now for many people the way we played it is just fine. It works for me fine but sometimes you’ll find that it’s a little too high
or too low for your voice. If it’s too low we’re gonna raise it up a little bit
and to do that I’m gonna use what’s called a capo or capo and this allows me
to raise the sound up even though I’m using exact same chords. Basically it
takes the place of this and makes it go higher. So I’m gonna put the capo or capo
on the 2nd fret and now we’re gonna play it just briefly. Everything is a little
bit higher in pitch but I’m still playing the chord form the same. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you and so on. You’ll see that I’m playing the exact same chord form so it’s really
easy. I could raise it up and up and make it higher and higher. Once you get up in
here it starts sounding a little tinny kind of like a mandolin set of a guitar
but it’s pretty good all the way up into around the fourth or fifth fret. So now
let’s say the song is too high for you without the capo.
What you want to do is bring it down. Well, you can’t make the capo that
way so what you do is you drop the whole song down one octave that means you
sing the same notes but everything is eight notes lower . So example would be if
I were playing up in here I’m gonna play the song, watch. Happy birthday – it’s really high for my voice
so I’m gonna drop the whole thing down and alter. Happy birthday to you. Happy –
that’s one octave. Same notes but eighth notes lower. Now what you do, you drop the
song without the capo one octave and then you keep moving the cable up and up
until it’s just right for your voice. So that’s it for this lesson.
I’ve included a download which will have the chords, the diagrams, and the tab for
you. I’ll put a link in the description. Make sure and get that and watch it as
you go along with the video. Now I’m going to turn it over to you. Did you
find this lesson helpful? Wasn’t helpful to show you how to change the key of the
song or adjusted to your voice with the capo? Let me know in the comment
field below and let me know if there’s something else that you’d like to see me
do in a lesson.

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