You can learn how to play Last Request by Paolo Nutini!

Paolo Nutini‘s first single, Last Request is played with a capo in the video guitar lesson. We did this so the key would be right for the singer.

In order to get the same key as Paolo Nutini, simply play the same chords without a capo. Either way, you’ll think about this song as if it is in the key of F.


Chord progression

The Intro/Verse chords are I – III – Vm – II. This is not your average chord progression, Vm is extremely rare. In the key of F you get this:

| F | Am | Cm | Gm |

The Pre-Chorus/M8 is more common using a IV – VI – II progression. Looks like this when translated to the key of F:

| Bb Dm | Gm |

The Chorus is very traditional with all movements having appeared in hundreds of hits. In Roman Numerals it’s I – III – VI – II – IV – V. In the key of F that spells:

| F Am | Dm | Gm | Bb C |


Strumming without a pick

When playing a finger picked song, it’s nice to add a little bit of strumming to enhance sections of a song.

As you can see in the video lesson, this is done very lightly at first. As we enter the M8 at 2:29, the strumming is still held back allowing the new chords to do the work of moving the listener in a new direction.

At 2:40, we get the classic trick of muting the initial chords of the chorus. This pulls the attention towards the chorus melody. As we finish off with a few more choruses the strumming is now in full force.

Building an arrangement using dynamics like this is essential, especially when you play a whole set of songs live.


Last Request – Lyrics

Slow down, lie down
Remember it’s just you and me
Don’t sell out, bow out
Remember how this used to be

Go to Last Request – Lyrics.


Paolo Nutini – Biography

Paolo 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.

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