All I Want Is You by U2

I love this song from U2. Off of their incredible album, Rattle and Hum, this is a fun one to work on if you’re looking for some practice with your sus chords on the D and A. There is a slightly tricky F# minor barre chord in there, but there are a couple of ways around it, don’t worry! Those cheats can really help you get through the whole thing, especially if you’re a beginner.

So, how can we tackle that F#m barre chord? There are a couple of ways. For one, you can play it as an F# power chord. It’s not terribly difficult to do, and it works especially well if you play the power chord with a palm mute. Alternatively, you can just play the top part of it by barring your A chord and fretting the thinnest string. You can get away with this because all of the notes in the A chord are contained in the F#m chord, so by adding that extra note, you can cheat the whole system!

There’s also quite a bit of palm muting and accenting in this one. These are really fun techniques to learn and practice, if you’re not already familiar with them. I think once you learn them, you’ll notice them turning up pretty frequently in some of your favorite songs – they’re everywhere! They do help add to the texture and groove of a song, so feel free to get creative and experiment with them, maybe even on songs that don’t already feature them.

Power Chord R6