Rewind chords



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 patterns, with the many upstrokes and hammer-ons 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.


Rewind chords and lyrics – Capo 2


Chords for Rewind – Guitar 1

Below are the chords for the intro. Start with the Csus2, hammer on the 3rd, and then remove it again. Other songs that use a hammer-on as an integral part of a chord riff like this are Fast Car and Babylon.

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

Here’s the verse (same chords as the intro) displayed with lyrics of verse 1.

| Csus2 C Csus2 | Csus2 C Csus2 | Fsus2 F Fsus2 | Fsus2 F Fsus2 |
Picking up the pieces, of the wreck you went and left.
| Csus2 C Csus2 | Csus2 C Csus2 | Fsus2 F Fsus2 | Fsus2 F Fsus2 |
And I’m dealing with dilemmas, in my now so stressful life.

The pre-chorus uses a chord from outside the key, the E should have been an Em if we stayed with the chords from the key of C major. To hear the difference this makes, try an Em instead.

| E | Dm | E | Dm |
And I’m going all out, and I’m thinking you’re just as bad.

The chorus/outro sections use the standard I – V – VI – IV progression, the same as I’m Yours and another hundred (at least) hits. This progression is so common it ranks #3 on my Top 10 chord progressions list.

| C | G | Am | F/C |
No sleeping at night, but I’m going from bar to bar.
| C | G | Am | F/C |
Why can’t we just rewind? Why can’t we just rewind? Why can’t we just rewind?

Repeat the verse/pre-chorus/chorus before we find the m8. This is a development of the pre-chorus progression, a VI chord with a falling bass line progression. Other songs that do this are Sunny Afternoon and Angel Eyes.

| Dm | E | Am Am/G | Am/F Am/E |
Oh, you might blame it on me, but you insisted that we fall.
| Dm | E | G | G |
Wiped your hands off me, and said you needed more, more, more.

The breakdown chorus uses a G5, instead of a G at first.

| C | G5 | Am | F/C |
And I’m not sleeping at night, but I’m going from bar to bar.
| C | G | Am | F/C |
Why can’t we just rewind? Why can’t we just rewind? Why can’t we just rewind?

The outro plays the same chords as the chorus but adds the melody notes, this has not been included as chord names, check the TAB in the course for details.

||: C | G | Am | F/C :|| C |

The chords for the 2nd guitar part are without a capo. This means the first thing you play is an open position Dsus2. For the 3rd guitar part, we play with a capo on fret 5 and think in A.

Using a capo and changing the 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.


Rewind’s 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 2nd (a D) is an open D string, there is no 3rd in this chord
  • Fsus2 – This is an F chord with a sus2, the 2nd (a D) is an open G string, 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 contains 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 has been included, among the song lessons.


Rewind – Guitar Lessons

Rewind by Paolo Nutini may not be fast but the intricate 16th note strumming pattern will still require you to continue working on some strumming exercises.

After we’ve gone through each section using individual practice loops, we develop the song by writing not just one but two 2nd guitar parts.

Go to Rewind guitar lessons.


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 at 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.