sweather weather IntroSweater Weather is one of those songs that became an instant hit as soon as it came out.

You could hear it running on radio almost every day for a good while. And that is to be expected. It’s definitely a catchy tune. The song is pretty chill, with a sweet bass line and a nice melodic vocal section.

It’s the type of tune that you hear once and then sing all day long subconsciously. Alright, our mission today is to learn how to play Sweater Weather on guitar by The Neighbourhood.

As you’re about to find out, it’s a pretty easy song to learn. The main thing to catch is the tempo, and how the vocals fit into the whole thing. For this you will need basics guitar playing skills, and the ability to sing and play guitar at the same time.

Some sections of the song may prove to be difficult in this regard since they come close to rapping. However, with this guide you’ll be on top of this song in no time.

Let’s dig in !

Alright, for this exercise you will need an acoustic guitar (or an electric one pushed through a clean channel on your amp). First we’re going to go over the tuning for this song.

The Neighbourhood plays this song in the key of G. So, to make life easier, we’re going to need a capo and clamp the strings down on the third fret, like on picture below.

how to play sweater weather on guitar

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the chord we’ll be using for this song. Like we said earlier, Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood is a pretty simple song to play on acoustic guitar. We are going to be following the main chord progression without adding any licks or details. In other words, we are going for a straight vanilla version. The chords you are going to need for this song are as follows.

C

Standard C chord shapeStandard C chord shape only moved up the neck. You will want to mute the low E string, and strum the remaining four strings.

Am

Am chord pushed up the neck several whole notesAm chord pushed up the neck several whole notes. Again you want to mute the low E string and play the remaining four.

Em

Em pushed upEm pushed up the neck several whole notes. You play all six strings as normal.

G

G chord tabAnd finally G chord, pushed up the neck for several whole notes. Play all six strings as you normally would for this chord.

These four chords make up the whole song. There is a chord progression that doesn’t require the capo, but it’s somewhat harder to play since you have to use odd shapes to achieve the same result. You can always translate this chord progression into power chords, and bypass the capo completely, however it just won’t sound the same. Now let’s take a look at how these chords fit into the lyrics. The verse of the song goes like this:

C-Am
Em-G
C
Am-Em
G
C
Am
Em-G
C-Am
Em-G

The strumming pattern is down down, brief pause, down again. This pattern doesn’t change until later in the song where you will use alternate down-down-up-down-down-down-up. However, you use the first strumming pattern for the whole song if you have trouble with the second one. Now let’s take a look at the chord progression for the chorus of the song.

C-Am
Em-G
C-Am
Em-G
C-Am
Em-G
C-Am
Em-G

As you can see, it’s the same four chords only laid out a little different. The rest of the song is a repeat of these two chord patterns. We suggest that you play with the actual song in the background so you can see and feel how the tempo goes, and how the lyrics fit into the song.

Conclusion

Sweater Weather is one of those songs that area easy to learn, and are most importantly fun to play. Hopefully this small guide showed you how to play Sweater Weather on guitar an easy way.

You will need a Capo for this song, but you can find those for dirt cheap in your local music store. They don’t have to be too great, just good enough to work occasionally.

1 COMMENT

  1. I’ve been playing this song as a part of my set for a few years, and this is similar to how you play it. There’s a lot more to it but this is a great start for sure

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