Learn How To Play Rewind

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals


Rewind is a single from Paolo Nutini‘s first album These Streets. The simple chord progression hides a few extensions and variations, adding colour and tension.

Arranged for just one guitar, it is perhaps the strumming pattern, with its many upstrokes that are the most difficult to learn.

In the course, you’ll first learn how I play it in the video above, before moving on to building a 2nd guitar part. When you eventually play this with me and the singer, we’ll sound like a band.

Chord progression

Here are the chords for the intro/verse. I play this with a capo on fret 2. The original is without a capo.

| C Csus2 | C Csus2 | F Fsus2 | F Fsus2 |

The pre-chorus use a chord from outside the key, the E should have been an Em.

| E | Dm |

The chorus/outro sections use the standard I – V – VI – IV progression, same as I’m Yours and another hundred (at least) hits.

| C | G | Am | F | x2

The m8 is a variation on the bridge progression, a classic VI chord with a falling bass line progression.

| Dm | E | Am Am/G | Am/F Am/E |
| Dm | E | G | G |

Sus2, IIIX & Slash Chords

A few extensions, variations, and slash chords are to be found in Rewind, let’s go over them one by one.

  • Csus2 – This is a C chord with a sus2, the 2th (a D) is and open D string two, there is no 3rd in this chord
  • Fsus2 – This is an F chord with a sus2, the 2th (a D) is and open D string two, there is no 3rd in this chord
  • E – This is a variation, a IIIx chord. In the key of C, this should have been an Em
  • Am/G – This is an Am chord, with the note G in the bass. G is not part of an Am
  • Am/F – This is an Am chord, with the note F in the bass. F is not part of an Am
  • Am/E – This is an Am chord, with the note E in the bass. E is the 5th of an Am

Syncopated 16th note strumming exercises

The final song we play using a pick in the beginner course is Rewind. It may not be fast but the strumming contain a lot of up strokes. We could call this syncopated, should we want to use big words.

As this may take some time to get used to, another bunch of exercises have been included here, among the song lessons.

Should you want to preview these strumming exercises, they are available here.

Guitar Lessons

Rewind – Step 1 (Free Preview)

Today we start working on a new song as we learn Rewind by Paolo Nutini.

In this step, we focus on the chords and the progression. Just like in One More Cup Of Coffee, chord III has become IIIx.

Go to Rewind step 1.

Practice 16th note rhythmical exercises

OK, let’s challenge ourselves with some difficult 16th note rhythmical exercises.

Practice these and you will find playing Rewind much easier.

Go to Practice 16th note rhythmical exercises.

Rewind – Step 2

To play this song using the same strumming patterns as I, practice along to the individual TAB loops.

If you practice all these, playing the entire song will become easy.

Go to Rewind step 2.

Rewind – Step 3

In this step, we play the complete song from beginning to end.

To help you along there’s a chart and a video of the complete song to play along with.

Go to Rewind step 3.

Rewind – Step 4

In this step, we remove the capo and find a 2nd guitar part using Dsus2 and Gadd9 for the verse.

When you play this along to the video with me and the singer(s), we’ll sound like a band.

Go to Rewind step 4.

Rewind – Step 5

In this final step, we play yet another 2nd guitar part. This time using a capo on fret 5.

After trying each section to the loops, play along with me and the singer(s) again.

Go to Rewind step 5.

Related Pages


RewindPicking up the pieces
Of the wreck you went and left
And I’m dealing with dilemmas
In my now so stressful life

Go to Rewind lyrics.

Paolo Nutini

paolo-nutini-thumbPaolo Nutini’s career started when an artist was late to perform in his school, Paolo was asked by the music teacher to go up and sing a song.

The reaction from the crowd to Paolo’s naturally stunning voice caught the attention of his (soon to be) manager who happened to be in the crowd.

Go to Paolo Nutini biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

Not only will learning songs help you with switching between chords and improve your rhythm playing. Songs also hold the key to how music works theoretically.

Go to Beginner guitar course.

Beginner Acoustic Songs

You can learn how to play these beginner songs on the acoustic guitar.

Ain’t No Sunshine, The Drugs Don’t Work, One More Cup Of Coffee, Redemption Song, Rewind, Robin Hood, Talking About A Revolution, Time Of Your Life, and Wonderwall.

Go to Beginner acoustic songs.


Beginner Chord ProgressionWhat do you need to know in order to to play real songs?

What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a song?

Go to Beginner guitar exercises.

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