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- Published on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 18:57 17 February 2015
Here's a guitar lesson on how to play Birdy's version of "Skinny Love." I have the chords written out below which are the correct chords for the song (there are many incorrect versions online), and I've done it with CAPO 4 so that you don't have to use any barre chords.
A really nice way to play Birdy's version but on guitar is to use a simple arpeggio pattern to create the kind of piano sound she has on her recording.
To do this, hold down each chord with your left hand while your right hand picks out the individual notes in the tab below. Let each string ring throughout each measure.
In the chorus Birdy plays an inversion of Em. Inversion means that you have a note that is not the root note as the lowest pitch of the chord. In this case, the Em/B is an Em chord but with B as the lowest pitch. This is easy to play on guitar like this: x22000.
Here's how to apply the arpeggio pattern to the chorus. The C chord gets two measures so just repeat the pattern twice. The Em/B is one measure and since the lowest pitch is now B you get to pluck the same fifth string to start your arpeggio pattern for that measure.
Skinny Love Guitar Chords
And finally here are the full chords and lyrics for the song, arranged for CAPO 4 so you don't need to use any barre chords.
SKINNY LOVE - BIRDY version CAPO: 4 Intro: Am, F, C (2x) Am F C Come on skinny love just last the year Am F C Pour a little salt we were never here Am F C My my my – my my my – my my my my – my my ... F Dm Am Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer Am F C I tell my love to wreck it all Am F C Cut out all the ropes and let me fall Am F C My my my – my my my – my my my my – my my ... F Dm Am Right in the moment this order's tall CHORUS: C Em/B Am I told you to be patient I told you to be fine C Em/B Am I told you to be balanced I told you to be kind C Em/B Am In the morning I'll be with you, but it will be a different kind C Em/B Am I'll be holding all the tickets, and you'll be owning all the fines VERSE: Am F C Come on skinny love what happened here Am F C Suckle on the hope in lite brassiere Am F C My my my – my my my – my my my – my my ... F Dm Am Sullen load is full so slow on the split CHORUS: C Em/B Am I told you to be patient I told you to be fine C Em/B Am I told you to be balanced I told you to be kind C Em/B Am Now all your love is wasted then who the hell was I? C Cause now I'm breaking at the britches Em/B Am And at the end of all your lines BRIDGE: C Em Am Who will love you? who will fight? C Em Am And who will fall, far behind? Am F C Come on skinny love ........ Am, F, C (1x) Am F C My my my – my my my – my my my – my my ... (x2) Outro: Am, F, C (2x)