If you are into acoustic fingerstyle, you're in for a real treat this week, since you'll get a chance to learn to play Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley.
Now this is probably one of the most famous songs in the world. It was originally released in 1961, and is actually based on a song written in 1780. That's just some info for you to know, but you can read more about it on Wikipedia.
As I mentioned, this is an acoustic fingerpicking song, meaning you will not need a plectrum for this one. If you have an electric guitar, make sure you turn off your distortion as well 😉
Now to be able to play this song proficiently, you'll need to learn several chords, and be able to change in between them fluently. This is fairly simple with most of the chords, but there are a couple that will give you a hard time. Don't worry about them though, you'll get them perfected with some practice, just keep at it.
Once you know the chords to Can't Help Falling in Love With You, you'll learn the exact picking pattern, and the chord progression.
Now it's important to note that the original song is played in 6/4 time, but the lesson is in 4/4 time. This is to make your jib a bit easier when learning it for the first time, and once you know the chords and progression, just add 2 more plucks to each chord. You can choose which strings you pluck, since you are arpeggiating chords. You can even make up a totally different plucking pattern if you want!
This is a beautiful love song, and as such, try to sing along with it as well 🙂 Happy learning!