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Fix You is a song by the British rock band Coldplay. It was written by all four members of the band for their third studio album ‘X&Y’, released in 2005. The album became a significant commercial success and reached the top spot on many charts worldwide, including the UK and the US.

The arrangement is in the key of Eb, which is not a guitar friendly key. A simple way to get around that is to transpose it to the key of C, where the guitar is capoed on the third fret.

Even though the song features only five chords, it needs no explanation why it is a challenge to cover.

The heart and soul of the song lies in how it gradually builds up moving from one part to another. For that, the power of the right hand is crucial. So besides going through the chords and the progression, we also take a look at how to try and capture that feel when it’s just you and your guitar.

There is also a segment which covers how Chris Martin during one occasion plays it on the guitar, by tuning it to Eb-A-D-G-Bb-Eb. Tuning the two top strings down results in a few colorful chords and a bit of theory is included.