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Lesson notes

Photograph is an acoustic pop ballad recorded by the ever popular English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It’s the 6th track of his 2nd album ‘X’ (Multiply) and was released as the fifth and final single in May 2015.

This lesson covers two versions of how Ed plays it. The first one is based on his acoustic stripped down performance at Capitol FM. It’s in the key of E, standard tuning, with one string tuned down. The other version shows how he plays it nowadays, which is in the key of D, using DADGAD-Tuning, where the guitar is capoed on the second fret.

The progression is very classic and uses chords I, IV, V and VI. We also take a look at the uptempo strumming, which should be done randomly and in some parts palm muted with accents on beats 1, the and of 2 and 4.