How To Play ‘Thinking Out Loud’ EXACTLY Like Ed Sheeran | Acoustic Guitar Lesson, Practice Along

How To Play ‘Thinking Out Loud’ EXACTLY Like Ed Sheeran | Acoustic Guitar Lesson, Practice Along

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How To Play ‘Thinking Out Loud’ EXACTLY Like Ed Sheeran | Acoustic Guitar Lesson, Practice Along
Most of the chord shapes found in this video can be learned from our eBook (which is free to subscribers) –

The one chord you might have trouble with is the B minor barre chord. I’ve included a really easy way to play it in this lesson, but if you are brave and want to try out the actual barre chord here’s an article and some videos that show you the best way to learn and practice barre chords –

This week we’re gonna learn “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, exactly the way he plays it. I transcribed the song from the album recording ( and from this studio session ( When he plays it, he obviously doesn’t play it the exact same way every time, but I think I managed to extract the essence of what he’s doing in the live studio recording quite accurately so now you’ll be able to learn to play this song exactly like good ole Ed!

The chords are pretty simple for the most part so it’s the strumming and fingerpicking that will probably require most of your attention. He combines a few methods (strumming in various ways, fingerpicking, string smacking) and uses them all quite fluidly so be sure to take your time and carefully learn the movements if you want this to sound its best! The one technique I’d recommend brushing up on (or learning) is string smacking – here’s a video where we go over that (and there are some play-along tracks you can try out as well) –

34 responses to “How To Play ‘Thinking Out Loud’ EXACTLY Like Ed Sheeran | Acoustic Guitar Lesson, Practice Along”

  1. Ariel Rostro says:

    Thanks for everything, I’ve learned a lot watching this video!

  2. Japalloo says:

    I feel powerful aftet learning Sungha Jung’s arrangement of this sonh

  3. Khushi Dalla says:

    It’s pretty good

  4. Somnady Chhy says:

    Love your teaching method! Great version! It’s difficult but worth to learn and play. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Shara Torres says:

    I cant understand the lick part can someone help me please

  6. Emo Schiappa says:

    Hey for the second chord D/F, I find it easier to leave the D chord and just play the low E with my thumb. Barely even have to move your fingers

  7. Abhishek Singh says:

    Your voice is good…why don’t you sing covers of such songs..? I bet they ‘ll get pretty heavy views…

  8. Shekhar Rawat Music says:

    the best lesson ive found on YouTube… it should not be Good Guitars its Awesome guitars …. loved it

  9. Lenox Fleuret says:

    This dude knows how to make guitar tutorial,s not like the other people you get on search results.

  10. Julienne Kamaliza says:

    I like this its too helpfull

  11. Kenyon Dale P. Montana says:

    Didnt get the chorus need help

  12. MrMughaka says:

    Thank you.
    One more subs just now 😁

  13. tibi saddsadsadsa says:

    Please make a tutorial for the solo part. And if u can and if u have time please make a tutorial for Here without you by 3 doors down.

  14. Hellblazer Umbra says:

    Thank you for your wonderful tutorial.

  15. Cole McPherson says:

    The “lick” is not correct. He just does a hammer on. But everything else looks and sounds right

  16. David Casey says:

    Fantastic tutorial! You’ve made me sound like a better guitarist than i actually am. Thank you =]

  17. Bruna Borges says:

    Just do D/F# with your thumb, it is a lot easier

  18. Celtixqzz says:

    Having trouble on the lick

  19. Sung Park says:

    I don’t understand the lick SOMEONE HELP ME

  20. Franz Grospe says:

    Nice Crafter guitar!

  21. Guitar Doge232 says:

    I’m sorry but what is the strumming pattern to the chorus? I have my own but its sounds better. Someone help me please.

  22. bab iker says:

    i don,t really understand the a chord, are u holding all thre strings with one finger?

  23. Elena Doumon says:

    This is my first time learning a song on guitar and your video is SOOOOOO helpful ! I’m very grateful so thank you very much 😭❤️

  24. Cristian Tomaquin says:

    Only channel on YouTube that does everything right lol awesome dude thanks mann

  25. William Weber says:

    I’m confused about the A chord and the hammer on/pull-off thing. You explained that you pluck the third string on the D chord, then do hammer on, pull off, and then play open fourth string at 7:15. However, when you were demonstrating at 9:20, you added and Down and Up strum after the whole hammer on/pull off thing.

    Is it ok if I just pluck the third string on the D chord, then do hammer on, pull off, and then play open fourth string or should I add the strumming?

    Please Help,
    thanks

  26. alphasxsignal says:

    Thanks for the lesson.

  27. Vincent Gaylie says:

    Jaaaaaames! Ha! Nice tutorial

  28. William Weber says:

    Does anyone have a document with the chords aligning with the lyrics??

  29. Charles wood says:

    Glad there’s no singing…. It makes my cringe

  30. George Peikrishvili says:

    super easy for begginers
    C / C / F / G
    strumming pattern = D/slap
    the lick part = 1 freet 4th string slide to 2nd freet 4th string
    don’t do a slap after G and just do the slide

  31. Oscar Castillo says:

    What brand guitar you use?

  32. Willybobs420 says:

    1 and 2 AND 3 and 4

  33. P.ris.M says:

    can someone give me a chord sheet for the lick?

  34. Robert Adams says:

    Great job!🎵🎶 I like the way you break it down. Thank you…

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