You can learn how to play Red by Daniel Merriweather!

Red is a single by Daniel Merriweather, produced by the hugely successful Mark Ronson.

This song is in the key of E major and only uses the I, IV, V, and VI chords throughout the entire song.

To spice things up and compensate for the lack of a huge production, courtesy of Mr. Ronson, open strings have been incorporated into the one acoustic guitar arrangement.

These open strings create some unique extensions to the chords.


The intro/instrumental section is harmonically super simple.

| E | Eadd9 |

The verse only adds one chord, spiced up with a couple of extensions, it looks like this.

| Asus2 | Asus2 | E Eadd9 | E | x2

The bridge introduces some new chords, taking the song to chord VI for the first time, like this.

| C#m | Bsus4 | Asus2 | Asus2 | x2

The chorus is very similar to the verse, just swapped around, with a VI chord as well.

| E | E | C#m | A | x2
| E Eadd9 | E Eadd9 |

Extend chords using open strings

There are another couple of chord progressions in the song before the m8 and during the outro that hasn’t been listed above, too many little details to get into here.

What’s really unique about this one guitar arrangement is how some of the chords have been extended.

Using the same open strings throughout, we get different extensions depending on which chord is used.

For example, the C#m with an open B and E string produces a C#m7 but over an A chord, you get an add9 extension.

You’ll get to the bottom of this concept when you take the intermediate acoustic guitar course which is great as it can be applied to other songs too.

Red – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Red by Daniel Merriweather!

Step 1 (Verse)Step 2 (Bridge & M8)Step 3 (Chorus)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (Modes)Step 6 (Mixolydian)Step 7 (Lydian)Step 8 (Vocal melody).

Red – Lyrics

And I’m alright,
standing in the streetlights here.
Is this meant for me,
my time on the outside is over.

Go to Red – Lyrics.

Daniel Merriweather – Biography

Australian Daniel Merriweather first started working with Mark Ronson in ’03, appearing on his Here Comes The Fuzz.

After a few more collaborations with Ronson, they finally made a solo album for Merriweather that was released in ’09.

Go to Daniel Merriweather – Biography.

Intermediate Acoustic – 16 Songs

Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

You can learn how to play these 16 intermediate acoustic songs!

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.