Difficulty: Level IILevel II
Length: 12:49
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With our guitar tutorial on Times Like These, you will learn these guitar skills:
  • Chord changes
  • Ghost strum
  • Open chords
  • Strumming patterns

The acoustic version of Times Like These is basically an acoustic cover of the original song by the Foo Fighters, since the original used the entire band, and was played on the electric guitar. The acoustic version is played and sung by Dave Grohl.

The reason learning this song is a great choice is that you'll be able to play along with the original track almost instantly. In our acoustic Times Like These guitar lesson, you'll learn all of the parts you'll need to play along with the actual song, and even sing along to it if you are into singing. The song is fairly simple to learn, as it uses basic chords, as well as some variations of those chords, and requires only 2 strumming patterns.

We'll start the tutorial by learning the chords you'll need to play the song. Once you are familiar with the chords to Times Like These.

You'll be learning a couple of basic chords like the D major, C major, E minor, A minor, and some variations to these chords, as well as the strumming patterns you'll need to know to be able to play along with Dave Grohl.

We'll learn the intro, followed by the verse, and finally the chorus. You'll want to note that the chorus is exactly the same as the last line of verse, so basically you won't have to learn anything new there.

You'll also learn 2 variations to the bridge, one where you strum chords, and one where you play a short solo riff. You can decide which one you play.

Through learning to play this acoustic version of Times Like These, you'll improve your strumming technique, and also your sense of rhythm, which is useful for all guitarists.

Make sure you download the supplied tabs as well since it includes the lyrics and the exact chord progressions you'll need to play along to the song!

Times Like These song details

The acoustic version of Times Like These was released in 2003 after the original version ended its run on the charts. It was released in 2006 on their live acoustic album Skin And Bones (a great album by the way!). It was used in several TV shows, movies, and on the political scene as well by George W Bush during his 2004 re-election.

If you don't have the original version of the song, buy it from Amazon or iTunes.

If you want to refine the skills you learned in Times Like These, check out these lessons on songs by clicking these links:
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