Robin Hood

Learn How To Play Robin Hood

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals


Robin Hood is a B-side that has become a fan favorite by British Indie band Ocean Colour Scene. The song uses a descending chord progression with only a few extensions and variations.

To get the TAB for what happens in the video and learn how to arrange a song like this, turn to the beginner course.

Here you’ll first learn Robin Hood as I play it, we then invent a 2nd guitar part so we can play it together with the singer.

Chord progression


| G D/F# | Em D | C | Dsus4 D |


| G D | C D |

| G | D/F# | Em | A | C | Dsus4 | C | D |

| G D/F# | Em A | A |


| C | D | x2

| G D/F# | Em A |6/4 A |

| G D/F# | Em D | C | Dsus4 D Dsus4 | G |

Understanding chord extensions and variations

A few chords have been extended. First, the D/F# is a D chord with the 3rd of the chord (the F#) in the bass.

As the progression moves from GDEm, it makes sense to add the F# to the D as this creates a descending bass line of GF#E.

We also find a Dsus4. Sus4 means suspended 4th. To create this chord, replace the 3rd (an F#) with the 4th (a G).

One chord in the song is a variation, it’s the A (chord IIx) which should have been an Am (chord II). This A appears during the chorus and outro.

Guitar Lessons

Strumming at different paces

To ensure you can clearly see the difference between 8th notes and 16th notes, let’s practice all examples shown in the video lesson to a metronome.

Being able to read rhythms is an essential skill. Ensure you fully understand everything in this step.

Go to Strumming at different paces.

Robin Hood – Step 1 (Free Preview)

Today we start working on a song that contains a new slash chord.

We touched on this as you played Redemption Song with the G/B, today we learn a D/F# as we play the verse from Robin Hood.

Go to Robin Hood step 1.

Chromatic Exercise 3

When playing chromatic exercise 3, we play three notes per beat, but four notes per string.

This means that the weight of the downbeat will start to correspond with different fingers.

Go to Chromatic exercise 3.

Robin Hood – Step 2

Today we keep exploring how to play Robin Hood by taking a close look at the chorus and turnaround which are more complicated than the verse.

We also look at the outro.

Go to Robin Hood step 2.

Combine Three Chromatic Exercises

Today we put the three chromatic exercises together.

Practice all exercises as the TAB describe before you start combining them in an improvised way.

Go to Combine three chromatic exercises.

Robin Hood – Step 3

Today we play Robin Hood with a singer from beginning to end.

To make it easier to follow along, I’ve included a rhythm chart for you.

Go to Robin Hood step 3.

Robin Hood – Step 4

Today we create a 2nd guitar part for Robin Hood by changing the key to C and placing a capo on fret 7.

You’ll get TAB and loops for everything to set you up for the final step.

Go to Robin Hood step 4.

Robin Hood – Step 5

Keep that capo on fret 7 and join me and the singer to play Robin Hood.

There’s a chart that you can keep an eye on as you strum and pick your way through it, in an improvised way.

Go to Robin Hood step 5.

Related Pages


Robin HoodWhen you’re starting to choke take some pills with your coke
It’s inspirational
When your life is a mess light one more cigarette
It’s so logical

Go to Robin Hood lyrics.

Ocean Colour Scene

ocean-colour-scene-thumbOcean Colour Scene (OCS) are an English rock band from Birmingham. The band had the most success with their 1996 album Moseley Shoals.

The album contained the band’s three biggest hits in The Riverboat Song, The Day We Caught The Train, and You’ve Got It Bad.

Go to Ocean Colour Scene 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 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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