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This might be my personal favorite on the "album," can't believe they didn't keep it for the standard version of "ghost stories," but I'm glad they released it one way or another. I've attached a link to a cover I put together this weekend. Although the chords themselves are not what you would call exotic, working out this one out so that it sounded to my ears to be the way CM plays it proved a little bit of a challenge. Think I got it though. I'm going to try uploading some chord diagrams and if that doesn't pan out, i'll suck it up and write out tablature, something i'm just frankly bad at. This cover is a full step down (or two frets/full step) but the chords I post will be according to the album track, not my cover. Cheers, Charlie



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Ok. Here is my transcription for the rhythm guitar. To solo or play lead, the key of Gmaj should work fine Standard Tuning. Capo 2nd fret. (E-A-D-G-B-e) and frets are NOT relative to capo. These are the frets regardless of capo.


When it's distilled. The same chord progression is basically used throughout the entire song with slight alterations or a passing chord here or there.


Intro and Verses before first chorus. I hear CM playing a D power chord with the fifth interval switching down to the 3rd interval then 4th then back to the fifth. so (x-5-7-x-x-x), (x-5-4-x-x-x), (x-5-5-x-x-x). You can hear how he uses those rhythmically before switching to Csus2. I like the sound of it as Csus2/G but whichever sounds better to you. Csus2 (x-3-5-5-3-3) or Csus2/G (3-3-5-5-3-3) then (only in the first bar of the intro and first bar following chorus, Gmaj (3-5-5-4-3-3) to Gsus2 (3-5-5-2-3-3). Remember the 2 is just played open cause the capo's on the second fret. then it's just the D power chord thing followed by Csus2 and Gsus2 cycled. You have to pay attention to his choice of timing cause it varies but those are the chords.


For the passing chord prior to the chorus. i'm slightly sketchy on this one. I like the sound of a G6. So something like (3-5-2-4-2-3) or (3-2-5-2-5-3). That second one is a G 6/9. I like it better personally.


Then the chorus is a Dmajor however you'd like to play it. sounds to me like it might be a D6/A. (5-5-7-7-7-7) or just a plain Dmaj (x-5-7-7-7-5) then the Csus2 from the verse (3,3,5,5,3,3) and the Gsus2 (3,5,5,2,3,3)

For the second two chords in the chorus, I think it's most doable (and actually in the style of Chris Martin) to cover the 5th and 6th strings with the thumb and just move whichever fingers you use to cover the fifth frets from the 3rd and 4th strings up to the 4th and 5th strings, leaving that 3rd string open when you do that. That's all there is to i think. Feel free to correct me or disagree or anything. :)

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Thank you everyone. Here are the tabs http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/c/coldplay/ghost_story_ver2_crd.htm. play around with the chords to get that melody/riff when he sings " maybe I'm just a..."


This may be my favorite track off of the new album, unforuntately... it wasn't on the regular Ghost Stories. This is straight from the X&Y era. I love every song they have ever made, but there something special when there is just an acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass and drums in their songs and no fancy effects (I'm a total hypocrite because Mylo was epic).


Thanks for enjoying. I will be covering every single song off the new album and posting in the next few days.

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I always thought of that DADGAD tuning as kind of lame, but I think i was wrong. It's rich sounding. Here's a little cover/reinterpretation of Ghost Story with DADGAD. or actually I think i went C#-G#-C#-F#-G#-C#. Same deal though. Thanks for posting marauder8112. Lookin forward to checking out more of your covers. Take care. Charlie



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