In this lesson, I'll show you how I play a simplified acoustic version of the song "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.
I'll be using 5 chords for this song: C, F/C, G, Am7, and Dm
A few of these chords are variations to their traditional counterparts. For instance, the F/C chord replaces the traditional F. The reason is that these variations fit better within the C chord family. They make for easier transitions within the family and sound better when played together.
Keep in mind that the low E string is not part of 4 out of 5 of these chords. You can prevent it from resonating during your strumming by touching that low E string with your thumb, which will mute it.
The Strum Pattern
We'll be using what I like to call the Swing Pattern for this song. This is a 3 beat strum pattern, which consists of 3 down strums with an up strum added after beat 3.
You'll also want to only pluck the first note of the first beat of each measure to give variety to the pattern.
The low E string is the first note of the G chord.
The A string is the first note of the C, F/C, and Am7 chords.
The D string is the first note of the Dm chord.
It'll take some practice to be sure to hit the right string on that first beat, so keep at it and don't give up!