- Barre chords
- Open chords
- Percussive slap
- Slash chords
Love Yourself isn’t a typical Justin Bieber song. It was co-written by Ed Sheeran, so it’s not the usual electronic pop music you would expect from Justin Bieber.
This song is played on an electric guitar, but you can play it on an acoustic of course. It’s loads of fun to play along with the original. Also, Love Yourself is a very easy song to learn on guitar, so you’re in for a treat, even if you just started playing guitar recently.
Our Love Yourself guitar lesson will teach you all parts of the song, including the main verse, pre-chorus, chorus, as well as the trumpet solo (without the trumpet).
We’ll start by going over a bit of theory. The song is played in the key of E major, so we’ll cover the chords in E major. All of the chords we’ll play in Love Yourself will be chords from this scale. We won’t be playing full chords in the song though, just 3 notes of each chord.
After the primer on the theory, we’ll start the tutorial by learning the chords for the main verse, followed by the fingerpicking pattern. We’ll go into the intricacies of the slapping technique used in the song, it provides a nice percussive element, which you’ll be able to use in other songs as well.
Next, we’ll learn the pre-chorus chords and picking pattern, followed by the chorus chords.
At the end of the tutorial on Love Yourself, we’ll have a look at the solo riff. It’s played on the trumpet in the song, but it sounds great on the guitar as well of course.
All in all, I really think you’ll have fun learning to play Love Yourself. It’s a very easy song with a great grove, loads of fun to play along with the original.
Love Yourself song details
Love Yourself was recorded by the Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber and released in 2015 on the album titled Purpose. The song was co-written by Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco.
The song is about an ex-lover who was not nice to the protagonist of the song. The music video features a husband and wife dancer pair dancing through their house.
Love Yourself awards and chart rankings
The song achieved top chart positions across the world, reaching the #1 spot in many countries. Please see the song's Wikipedia page for detailed rankings.
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