Common People - Pulp

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In this lesson, we look at how to play Common People by Pulp using just three chords, E, A and D. See both acoustic AND electric guitar tutorials on this page!

Common People - beginner acoustic tutorial

Also, see below my electric guitar tutorial of this song as part of the Andy Guitar online band program - full series available free on the Andy Guitar website and app!

I cover how to play an 'easy' version with open chords and capo 3rd fret (but there is nothing easy about learning full songs - this will take some work!) I also cover how to play the whole song without a capo including the main guitar solo.

Only have an acoustic guitar? Jam along - this song works great on acoustic!

Let's get started!

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Song breakdown

Capo 3rd fret chords

With a capo at the 2nd fret, the chords are A5, D5 and E5 power chords. These are covered super in depth in my Electric Guitar Starter Course >> link to free videos

No capo chords

Without a capo, the chords are C, F and G, which I would also play as power chords but can also be played as major chords. The same chord progression repeats through the entire song, and this is shown on screen in the video above.

Andy Guitar Band - Live cover of Common People

Remember, to play in a live band you don't just practice till you can get it right, you need to practice till you never get it wrong! Therefore it is an essential part of this course that you revisit these pages and play along to the live covers like you're a in a real band and you're rehearsing your live set! Here's the live cover alone so you can jam along to the live band without having to search through the tutorial video - enjoy jamming along!

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