You can learn how to play Rewind by Paolo Nutini!

Rewind is a single from Paolo Nutini‘s first album These Streets. The simple chord progression hides a few extensions and variations, adding color 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, before moving on to building a 2nd and even a 3rd guitar part. When you eventually play these with me and the singer, we’ll sound like a band.


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 |

The chords for the 2nd guitar parts are without a capo and therefore in D. For the 3rd guitar part we play with a capo on fret 5 and think in A.

Using a capo and changing key like this is imperative in order to learn and understand the guitar and music in general. In the beginner course we do this all the time so you get used to it.

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, among the song lessons.

Rewind – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Rewind by Paolo Nutini!

Step 1 (Chord progression)Step 2 (16th note rhythmical exercises)Step 3 (Strumming pattern)Step 4 (Complete song)Step 5 (2nd guitar parts)Step 6 (2nd guitar play along)Step 7 (3rd guitar parts)Step 8 (3rd guitar play along).

Rewind – Lyrics

Picking 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 – 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.

Beginner Acoustic – 9 Songs

Beginner acoustic guitar songs

You can learn how to play these 9 beginner acoustic songs!

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.