Chasing Cars: Guitar

The second song we’re going to learn in class is called ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol. It builds in the skills we learnt in Seven Nation Army (playing single note riffs and, some basic chords.) Have a listen to the original song below:

Riff 1: The Verses

The first component we need to learn for the song Chasing Cars is the ‘riff’ for the verses. This riff requires the use of two strings and is a little more complicated than Seven Nation Army, so it is a good song to learn once you’re confident with Seven Nation Army. The video below takes you through the verse riff:


Chords: The Chorus

For the chorus, we need the following chords: A, E and D. Below are the fretboard diagrams for these chords:

 A Major


E Major


    D major

The following video will take you through using these chords in the correct order and for the correct number of counts:

Structure: Putting it all together

So far we’ve learnt the verse and the chorus. There is still one more section to learn – the introduction. This is just the first part of the verse riff. The video below shows you exactly which part:

Final Structure:


Intro riff


Verse riff x 2


Chorus: | A | A | E  | E  | D |D | A  | A | (4 counts for each)

Verse 2 | Chorus | Chorus | Verse 3 | Chorus | Chorus | Outro (chorus x 2) |

February 14, 2017