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Lesson notes

I Knew You Were Trouble is a song recorded by the ever popular American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fourth studio album Red, which became a huge hit in many countries.

The lesson is based on the acoustic version and covers three guitar parts. Taylor’s part in the key of C/Am, capoed on the fourth fret, the rhythm guitar part in the absolute key of Gb/Ebm and the second guitar part in the key of G/Em, with the guitar tuned down a half step. Especially the latter uses quite a few different chord shapes and a couple of three/four-string voicings high up the neck.

The song has four chords and a very easy chord progression for the verses, I, V, VI, IV, which everyone should be familiar with since it’s used in tons of songs.

The lesson takes a close look at the strumming hand since it’s very important in this song. It changes from very fast strumming with the speed of 16th’s to 8th’s back and forth, and from common time to half time and back. Also palm muting and flatpicking the strings are techniques incorporated into the playing.