Beautiful chords by Christina Aguilera


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Beautiful | Chords + Lyrics (no capo)


Intro

||: Eb | Db | Cm | B5 :||
Don’t look at me.

Verse 1

| Eb | Db | Cm | B5 |
Every day is so wonderful, then suddenly, it’s hard to breathe.
| Eb | Db | Cm | B5 |
Now and then I get insecure, from all the pain, I’m so ashamed.

Chorus 1

| Ab5 | F5 | Eb Db | Cm |
I am beautiful no matter what they say, words can’t bring me down.
| Ab5 | F5 | Eb Db | Cm |
I am beautiful in every single way, yes words can’t bring me down, oh no.
| F5 |
So don’t you bring me down today.

Instrumental

| Eb | Db | Cm | B5 |

Verse 2

| Eb | Db | Cm | B5 |
To all your friends you’re delirious, so consumed in all your doom.
| Eb | Db | Cm | B5 |
Trying hard to fill the emptiness, the pieces gone, left the puzzle undone. Is that the way it is?

Chorus 2

| Ab5 | F5 | Eb Db | Cm |
You are beautiful no matter what they say, words can’t bring you down, oh no.
| Ab5 | F5 | Eb Db | Cm |
You are beautiful in every single way, yes words can’t bring you down, oh no. 
| F5 |
So don’t you bring me down today.

Middle 8

| Eb | Db |
No matter what we do (No matter what we do). No matter what we say.
| Cm | B5 |
(No matter what we say). We’re the song inside the tune (Yeah). Full of beautiful mistakes.
| Eb | Db |
And everywhere we go (And everywhere we go). The sun will always shine
| Cm | Badd4 |
(The sun will always, always shine). And tomorrow we might wake on the other side.

Chorus 3

| Ab5 | F5 | Eb Db | Cm |
‘Cause we are beautiful no matter what they say, yes words won’t bring us down, no, no.
| Ab5 | F5 | Eb Db | Cm |
We are beautiful in every single way, yes words can’t bring us down, oh, no.
| F5 |
So don’t you bring me down today.

Outro

||: Eb | Db | Cm | B5 :||
Ooh-oh-oh, yeah. Don’t you bring me down today. Yeah, ooh.
| N.C | Eb | Eb |
Don’t you bring me down. Ooh, today.



Beautiful | Chords + Lyrics (capo 1)


Intro

||: D5/A | C | Bm | Bb :||
Don’t look at me.

Verse 1

| D5/A | C | Bm | Bb |
Every day is so wonderful, then suddenly, it’s hard to breathe.
| D5/A | C | Bm | Bb |
Now and then I get insecure, from all the pain, I’m so ashamed.

Chorus 1

| G | Em | D/A C | Bm |
I am beautiful no matter what they say, words can’t bring me down.
| G | Em | D/A C | Bm |
I am beautiful in every single way, yes words can’t bring me down, oh no.
| Em |
So don’t you bring me down today.

Instrumental

| D5/A | C | Bm | Bb |

Verse 2

| D5/A | C | Bm | Bb |
To all your friends you’re delirious, so consumed in all your doom.
| D5/A | C | Bm | Bb |
Trying hard to fill the emptiness, the pieces gone, left the puzzle undone. Is that the way it is?

Chorus 2

| G | Em | D/A C | Bm |
You are beautiful no matter what they say, words can’t bring you down, oh no.
| G | Em | D/A C | Bm |
You are beautiful in every single way, yes words can’t bring you down, oh no. 
| Em |
So don’t you bring me down today.

Middle 8

| D | C |
No matter what we do (No matter what we do). No matter what we say.
| Bm | Bb |
(No matter what we say). We’re the song inside the tune (Yeah). Full of beautiful mistakes.
| D | C |
And everywhere we go (And everywhere we go). The sun will always shine
| Bm | Bb |
(The sun will always, always shine). And tomorrow we might wake on the other side.

Chorus 3

| G | Em | D/A C | Bm |
‘Cause we are beautiful no matter what they say, yes words won’t bring us down, no, no.
| G | Em | D/A C | Bm |
We are beautiful in every single way, yes words can’t bring us down, oh, no.
| Em |
So don’t you bring me down today.

Outro

| D | C | Bm | Bb |
Ooh-oh-oh, yeah. Don’t you bring me down today. Yeah, ooh.
| N.C | D | D |
Don’t you bring me down. Ooh, today.



Beautiful Chords: Learn the progressions


1234 Guitar Lesson + TAB T

Most of the time when I encounter a tune in an awkward guitar key, I use a capo to make it easier to play a nice arrangement.

For Beautiful, I could easily have done this by adding a capo on fret 1, thinking in the key of D. The verse chords would be this:

| D5/A (I/5) | C (bVIIx) | Bm (VI) | Bb (#V) |

As you can see, the Roman numerals are I – bVIIx – VI – #V. Two chords are outside the key and provide serious tension, especially the Bb!

Or, we could think of this as in the key of G, the Roman numerals would then be:

| D5/A (V/5) | C (IV) | Bm (III) | Bb (bIIIx) |

Now that Bb is a bIIIx, still lots of tension.

Neither key has diatonic chords, it is the balance between these keys that creates the tension of the chord progression, very clever.

Here’s the TAB for how you could play a verse using a capo on fret 1.

Beautiful chords and TAB Verse, capo 1.

The chorus chords for Beautiful are, (in the key of D) like this:

| G (IV) | Em (II) | D/A (I) C (bVIIx) | Bm (VI) |

Or, if we think in the key of G, they are now actually diatonic, like this:

| G (I) | Em (VI) | D/A (V) C (IV) | Bm (III) |

You may think that the chorus is clearly in G, but if you listen to it, that first G does sound like a IV chord. Again, it’s the blend of the two options that creates the characteristic sound.

Members get the TAB for how to play Beautiful using these chords. They also get it for playing as I do in the video, thinking in the keys of Eb and/or Ab.

The intro/verse/instrumental/m8 and outro sections are then this:

| Eb (I or V) | Db (bVIIx or IV) | Cm (VI or III) | B5 (#V or bIIIx) |

The chorus starts on chord I, if you think of it as if it’s in the key of Ab. It starts on chord IV, if you think of it as if it’s in the key of Eb.

These are the chords for the chorus.

| Ab (IV or I) | Fm (II or VI) | Eb (I or V) Db (bVIIx or IV) | Cm (VI or III) |

It’s tricky to fret chords in keys such as Eb and Ab when you don’t play with a capo. All chords will have to be barre chords. I only play Ab5 and F5 because of this.

To get some relief, I use a C-shaped Eb chord. Because the chord Eb has a G inside it, we can use the open G string. I also add the little finger on string 1. This adds a 5th to the top of the chord shape.

For the B chord, I use the open B string. Since it’s played in an A shape we lose the ability to make it a minor or major chord. It becomes just a 5-chord (a chord with no 3rd).

During the M8, a new shape is introduced for the B chord. This time it’s in an E shape. We still use the open B but now have a 3rd on the third string. The open E string makes this B chord a Badd4.

For best results, try playing Beautiful using a capo on fret 1 using mainly open-position chords, as well as without (like I do in the video), using mainly barre chords.

Members get TAB everything, including a complete arrangement of how I play it in that video lesson at the top of the page.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Beautiful – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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Beautiful was recorded in one vocal take

Written by Linda Perry (best known for her massive hit What’s Going On with her band Four Non Blondes), Linda refused to play Beautiful to anyone, claiming she knew it was going to be a huge hit and purposely saved it for the right artist.

She ended up not just writing, but also producing the song with Christina Aguilera on vocals. During the recording of the song, she insisted on keeping the first take of Christina’s vocal since, as she said, it was exactly what she was looking for. It wasn’t perfect, but it was beautiful, just like the message of the song.

Possibly Christina Aguilera’s biggest hit, Beautiful charted at #1 in most countries worldwide. The song got the Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2004 Grammy Awards, so Linda was right, that first vocal take was something special.

At the same ceremony, Beautiful was also nominated for Song Of The Year and Best Remixed Album.

The music video for Beautiful was directed by Swedish Jonas Akerlund, who also made videos for Madonna, Cardigans, and Lady GaGa.

As with most worldwide hits, you do need a great tune, but also a perfectly suited vocal, interesting chords and a great music video. All these elements came together in Beautiful.



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There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Beautiful.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


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When you can play Beautiful's chords, try these five tunes from the song book.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera sang Beautiful.

Starting out alongside Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake on the legendary TV show The Mickey Mouse Club, Christina Aguilera has reached worldwide fame.

Her biggest tunes include Beautiful, Genie In A Bottle, Candyman, What A Girl Wants, Moves Like Jagger, At Last, Car Wash, and Fever.


Christina Aguilera on the web

Listen to Christina Aguilera on Spotify.


Linda Perry

Linda Perry wrote Beautiful.

Best known for worldwide hit What’s Up with her band 4 Non Blondes, singer-songwriter Linda Perry has plenty more strings to her bow.

As a writer and producer, she also penned Beautiful for Christina Aguilera and Get The Party Started for Pink.


Linda Perry on the web

Listen to Linda Perry on Spotify.

Ballads

There are many more Ballads with chords similar to Beautiful.

The perfect first dance or an emotional piece for your next audition, this collection of ballads is great for working on your expression.

Learn tunes from Burt Bacharach, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Eva Cassidy, Ben Harper, Etta James, Chet Baker, Elvis, Norah Jones, and many more.


Pop & Rock

When you can play Beautiful, check these Pop & Rock tunes as well.

Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

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About me

Dan Lundholm wrote this article about Beautiful's chords.

This article on Beautiful’s chords was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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