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-6   October 13 2010, 10:48 am by CueZephyr |
I really think that second chord in the chorus is an F#m, not an A.

+12   October 13 2010, 11:05 am by cristy♥twilight |
@ cuezephyr- It very well could be! The problem for me is that I can't play F#! lol! Self taught beginner here and any barre chords (if thats how it's spelled) are terribly difficult for me. So, the A sounded acceptable! lol :)

-Also until it updates with the change, at the end of the song the last -D *once- on "I go back.." is a Bm.
-3   October 13 2010, 02:07 pm by bassguitarplaye |
F#m is correct not...A
+2   October 13 2010, 03:01 pm by Brinklee926 |
Yay! I knew you'd have these chords up! Thanxxx!! :) I love Taylor Swift!!
+3   October 14 2010, 10:17 pm by winterlover104 |
does anyone know an alternative for Bm i can't play it
+5   October 15 2010, 01:44 am by cristy♥twilight |
@ winterlover104- I can't play a regular Bm either so I cheat it and play it like this- [x x 4 4 3 0] - and use the same finger position as Am. You could always transpose...
-4   October 15 2010, 04:03 pm by TaylorBieber131 |
Does any one know what the strumming pattern is to this ??
-7   October 16 2010, 07:50 pm by Abos |
capo on 1st fret
+1   October 17 2010, 08:37 am by peaches12345678 |
i love this song i listened to it like 50 times LAST NIGHT today would make it 100 times! i wanted to know thee chords
October 17 2010, 03:31 pm by winterlover104 |
@ cristy
October 17 2010, 03:37 pm by winterlover104 |
ugh my comment got messed up cristy
October 17 2010, 03:37 pm by winterlover104 |
ugh and again im just giving up now
+3   October 19 2010, 01:53 pm by cristy♥twilight |
Awww... I just read an article about Taylors Swift's new album and "Back To December" IS about Taylor Lautner. The line "I miss your tan skin, your sweet smile" that should have been a dead give away right there!
October 19 2010, 04:24 pm by peaches12345678 |
hopefully they'll get back together! that would be so great!
October 20 2010, 05:14 pm by cristy♥twilight |
@peaches....-Maybe when Taylor L. is at least 20, they can hook up again! lol! I can't wait to hear the other song about T.L.- "The Story Of Us" (if I remember the title right)! It won't be long now, less than a week! *yay*
October 22 2010, 06:36 pm by rizie_13 |
what is the strumming pattern
+1   October 22 2010, 07:59 pm by cristy♥twilight |
@rizie_13- I strum it like this: dd,dudu,dd,dudu and so forth.
There is slight changes here and there. Just remember: With every chord change it's always starts over with the 2 downs-dd and then the dudu, dd, dudu and so on. Sometimes there's not as many dudu's it might be just dud, no up. As long as you're strumming down 2 times every time at a chord change you'll keep the beat.

d d, .....
So this is me swallowing my pride
d d ....
Standing in front of you saying
d d .....
"I'm sorry for that night" and I go
d d ..... d d ....
Back to December all the time
October 22 2010, 08:05 pm by cristy♥twilight |
Not sure what happened to that last line when I posted-

d d ..... d d ....
Back to December all the time
October 22 2010, 08:07 pm by cristy♥twilight |
Okay... so It keeps changing when I post it, that's really weird! That "A" chord should be above "all" and the "dd's" above it! Whatever you get the point;)
October 23 2010, 10:43 pm by guitarbabe430 |
winterlover104- i play Em instead of Bm, it sounds the same!
October 27 2010, 04:57 am by Ninzzz127 |
strumming is easy for any song and it doesnt really matter how you do it as long as you stay with the beat and chord changes..
+2   October 27 2010, 06:36 am by ElysseFray111 |
Strumming doesn't really matter, as long as it feels natural it's fine.

@cristy♥twilight these chords are great! :] And thanks for the "cheat" for Bm up there :D
October 27 2010, 02:38 pm by peaches12345678 |
just put the strumming pattern how your comfortable with it
+1   November 1 2010, 08:24 pm by butchwalkerfan |
This song is played with capo on second. Any other place is wrong. The song may sound right but its not. Do like it says at the top. Transpose it down 2 half steps. That is the only way its right
November 7 2010, 03:39 pm by millie&mavis |
this is really great!! my guitar is tuned to itself rite now so i may be wrong but it sounds really great if you put a capo on 2md w/o transposing
November 7 2010, 05:49 pm by cristy♥twilight |
@ butchwalkerfan- I personally like playing with the capo on 2 and transposing. I submitted the no capo version because a lot of people don't have capo's or just like the fuller sound of not using a capo. I think it sounds great both ways! But with my dislike of Bm, I tend to transpose more often than not!

@millie&mavis- If you like it with the capo on 2 and not transposing, then that's great! Your guitar might actually be tuned down and not in standard tuning, but as long as you like the chords then good;) Whenever I'm figuring out chords, I listen to the real song from the CD and go from there- not someones version on youtube, or myself humming it out etc..- So in the end playing along to the actual song sounds good. I do it this way because I'm not a lead singer, and have to play along with songs so I can sing back-up!!lol!! Anyways, thanks for liking my chords!
-3   November 15 2010, 03:32 pm by aussiegal |
the chords were great the only thing is that there is a capo its on 1. I played it with the song the rest is right!!
November 15 2010, 06:40 pm by b_may4 |
These chords are perfect and there is NO capo needed if your guitar is in standard tuning. If your guitar is tuned down 1 half step then you would use a capo on 1 (@aussiegal), tuned down 2 half steps, capo on 2 (@millie&mavis)etc.
Great job cristy!!
November 15 2010, 07:30 pm by cristy♥twilight |
Glad everyone likes the chords! If it sounds best for you to use a capo then that's awesome! :)

I do all my chords in standard tuning- I have a tuner built in my guitar so it's easy to always make sure it's in perfect standard(EADGBe)tuning before I start on a song. If you're tuned down then absolutely a capo would be needed:)
November 29 2010, 02:26 pm by Ciaraaaa |
@cristy♥twilight thanks for these chords. I love this song.
And, The Story of Us is actually about John Mayer. There's an article about her hidden messages in the album booklet. The message for this song was TAY. But it was obviously about him anyway.
Thanks againnnnn :)
November 29 2010, 04:10 pm by cristy♥twilight |
@Ciaraaa- Glad you like these chords:) I had read an article before the album was released about "The Story Of Us" and it said it was about T.L. because they sat just seats away at an award show after their break-up, but after hearing it I thought it was definitely about Joe Jonas. What do I know?! So it's about John Mayer then? lol! Whatever, whoever, it's a great song!!
December 3 2010, 02:44 am by nomiiGEE |
when you transpose these chords it is exactly how taylor swift plays it. I'm watching her on Ellen Show right now. She's playing the transposed capo 2 chords.

December 4 2010, 10:24 am by Country_Lover44 |
@Christy: 1st, the chords are awesome (after transpose... even though i can play Bm.) and 2nd, the song 'the Story of Us' is written about Joe Jonas, not taylor lautner, and not john mayer (she wrote 'dear john' about john mayer.) and extra note: she wrote 'forever and always' about joe jonas in her 'fearless' album.
December 4 2010, 05:11 pm by cristy♥twilight |
@Country_Lover44 -I knew Dear John was obviously about J.M., and it makes sense that The Story Of Us is about J.J.

But-I'm still in shock after seeing the cover of (if I remember right) 'Us' Magazine with Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhall on the cover (last night when I was buying my copy of Eclipse!*squee*). I never believed all the talk/gossip. I just hope she's happy:) And, he seems like a good guy. I like his movies anyways;)lol!

And thanks for liking the chords! I will stick up for the non-transposed version though,lol- they're also right! Her back-up guitarist plays them;)
December 11 2010, 09:39 pm by AleX002 |
im sorry... i just dont think its in D... when i play it in D# is sounds correct WITH the song. It might sound find without the songs and just playing it yourself, but as the song is playing D sounds just off.
December 23 2010, 03:07 pm by gimmerain4days |
If you're having trouble with the barre F#m try x44200 Its more open and I thinks its pretty.
And for folks struggling with barre Bm, try xx4432 or maybe x21202 or x20202, whichever you prefer.
I hope that helps!
December 27 2010, 08:36 am by christ74 |
Hello!! I just saw a cover of back to december on youtube
and in the solo before the bridge, the guitarist played some tabs :P
I coudln't recognize them !
Can anybody try? please?
Thanks :D
December 28 2010, 01:36 am by gimmerain4days |
Hey guys!
If you're playing in G and you want to get a little fancier and play the melody line before the bridge like in some youtube covers, you can try these chords. The only thing that really changes is the G before the Em and C, which remains unchanged. I play the 16th after beat 3 as a hammer on.

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
3 2 0 2 2 0 2 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 0 x

Please let me know if this helps or if you have any corrections. Thanks!
December 30 2010, 08:39 pm by Anacckandah |
did u know that this song was an apology to TAYLOR LAUNTNER?? I read it in a magazine. he has tan skin and a sweet smile and the broke up in december!!!!!!!
-1   January 16 2011, 11:55 am by PkMnRangerEric |

You shouldn't be able to talk. Ever. Buy a muzzle and oven mitts so you can't type anymore either.
January 17 2011, 09:58 pm by Anacckandah |
sorry but.. wow... thats really mean... ):
January 17 2011, 09:59 pm by Anacckandah |
sorry but.. wow... thats really mean... ):
January 18 2011, 07:45 am by LeeJaoCo |
The second chord in the chorus is "Bm" not F#m or anything. It's from the piano piece and the way that taylor plays it.
+1   January 18 2011, 07:46 am by LeeJaoCo |
The second chord in the chorus is "Bm" not F#m or anything. It's from the piano piece and the way that taylor plays it.
January 25 2011, 11:38 pm by guyslikeTSwift2 |
thanks so much!
April 4 2011, 10:40 pm by Anacckandah |
this is how i strum it!!

So this is me swallowing my pride
Standing in front of you saying
"I'm sorry for that night" and I go
Back to December all the time
April 4 2011, 10:42 pm by Anacckandah |
second line is Bm!
April 9 2011, 12:21 pm by iheartbs |
thanks so much luv it and luv this song!!!
April 2 2012, 07:17 pm by cookiemomaallie |
WinterLover just use the 1st and 2nd fingers you don`t have to use the 3rd
October 6 2012, 06:43 pm by SONGGIRLS2 |
Em works instead of Bm for those of us who cant play Bm!
January 29 2013, 11:03 pm by scorpio1970 |
Very good.... Love to play this while my 11 yr. old sings it...
February 2 2013, 09:09 pm by mrmustache847 |
I can't play the barred version, but a much easier way to play it the F-chord formation, just move all of your fingers down one string! It's sooo much easier and it sounds the same. Also, only play the bottom 4 strings (D,G,B,E). Hope this helps!
March 4 2013, 02:51 pm by annie123 |
what's the strumming pattern??
March 17 2013, 09:01 pm by Ash4 |
It doesn't have to be played with the capo, right?
March 18 2013, 02:34 am by cristy♥twilight |
Nope, no capo necessary :)
July 29 2013, 02:25 am by scorpio1970 |
Thank Christy ...God Bless
September 28 2013, 04:11 pm by HazMMusic |
This is great! Thanks! I'd like to add if anyone's interested (it's not a correction really, it's an addition) if you play it with capo on 2nd, in the none vocal, C Am F parts, if you press the 3rd fret on the high E string (relative to the capo - 5th fret otherwise) at the end of playing the Am as you move to the F, I find it sounds nice :P
October 25 2013, 02:22 am by roxypaul15 |
I know you want corrections but i am bursting to tell you how great it is to actually have a tab to play this AWESOME song by TAYLOR!!! Im using your chords for school talent quest performance (next Tuesday) and am super exited! I heart taylor!!
October 25 2013, 02:38 am by cristy♥twilight |
I only want corrections if something is wrong, but seeing as this is perfect,no corrections needed ;)-LOLOLOLOL!!! I'm totally kidding! Glad you like it :)
October 25 2013, 02:42 am by cristy♥twilight |
Thanks for the tip :)
February 3 2014, 02:00 am by JaiBBX |
I think for the intro, a 'Dsus4' should be there before D.
+1   April 12 2014, 11:31 am by pereztriswehyan |
. jusT try practicing the barre chords . So that you can get the perfect sound of it :-)
May 6 2014, 05:30 am by mgauxwhat |
If i transpose it to +5, do i need to put a capo or change the tuning? sorry, I'm a bit new to this :)
+1   May 6 2014, 10:01 am by cristy♥twilight |
I just transpose it to capo 2 and it is perfect :) However, I can play the F#m now- especially when it comes after a D chord. I guess I've progressed in the last 3.5 years ;)
+1   May 6 2014, 02:48 pm by charlie.weston9 |
I play this entirely with barre chords and it sounds terrific. It's easy too.
May 6 2014, 06:07 pm by cristy♥twilight |
I'm jealous of your barring ability :/ Lol! Glad you like it :)
May 6 2014, 06:14 pm by cristy♥twilight |
If you click the 'up' arrow button 5 times then the chords become G Em C D (and a Bm's in there a couple times) so you would put a capo on the 5th fret. You do not have to change your tuning. Stay in Standard EADGBe tuning and just move the capo :) Transposing is just moving the capo around and adjusting the chords accordingly, not changing your guitars tuning. I hope this helps!
October 18 2014, 05:44 am by vincentongwen17 |
Bm sounds strange to me,is there any other chords to replace it?thanks=)
December 6 2014, 10:14 pm by leahleecedeno |
The D in The intro is Dsus to D
May 19 2015, 08:44 pm by FL_Bob2002 |
F#M is play by baring strings 1,2,3 on the 2nd fret and then holding down the 4th fret 4th string.
Then you can cheat and not add that 4th finger and it still sounds okay too.
November 18 2015, 10:31 am by alrog1790 |
there is no bm
November 18 2015, 07:38 pm by cristy♥twilight |
There is if you're playing it right ;) (Transpose and use a capo to get rid of the Bm... See note at the top.)
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