Beautiful chords

ft. Katharine McPhee

Beautiful was written by Linda Perry and originally recorded by Christina Aguilera in 2001 with the single release on Nov 16, 2002 from the album 'Stripped'. This version is by Katharine McPhee from the album The Music of Smash.
Music: Key of E♭ Major in 4/4 time at 77 bpm (♩)
Chords: E♭, E♭7, Cm, Cm7, A♭m, Fm
Easier: Capo on 1st fret - play in the key of D Major
Chords with Capo on 1: D, D7, Bm, Bm7, Gm, Em
Katharine McPhee - Beautiful

Beautiful by Katharine McPhee

Capo: 1st fret if playing with video

Intro: 4/4    
    |     D     |   D7   |   Bm    |   Gm    |
                      mmm...    yeah... 

  D                 D7   
1. Ev'-ry day is so won-der-ful
               Bm                Gm  
   And sud-den-ly it's hard to breathe
  D                   D7   
   Now and then I get in-se-cure
                 Bm              Gm  
   From all the pain, I'm so a-shamed

      G                     Em                   
Chorus: I am beau-ti-ful no mat-ter what they say
          D     -    D7       Bm         
        Words can't bring me down
      G                     Em        
        I am beau-ti-ful in ev'-ry sin-gle way
               D     -    D7       Bm -  Bm7       
        Yes, words can't bring me down 
      Em                            |  D    | D7    | Bm    | Gm    |   
        So don't you bring me down to-day...     Mmm...  Yeah... 

  D                              D7   
2. To all your friends you're de-li-ri-ous
           Bm                Gm  
   So con-sumed in all your doom
  D                         D7                           
   Try-in' hard to fill the emp-ti-ness, 
                 Bm                        Gm
   The piece is gone___ Let the puzzle un-done, 
       
   That's the way it is?

       G                              Em          
Chorus: 'Cause you are beau-ti-ful no mat-ter what they say
           D     -    D7       Bm  -  Bm7       
         Words can't bring you down
       G                        Em        
         You are beau-ti-ful in ev'-ry sin-gle way
                D     -    D7       Bm -  Bm7       
         Yes, words can't bring you down...  oh no...
       Em                               D                               
         So don't you bring me down to-day

                           D7 
Bridge: No mat-ter what we do
                             Bm 
        No mat-ter what they say
                                      Gm
        We're the song that's out-ta tune

        Full of beau-ti-ful mis-takes
      D                     D7  
        And ev'-ry-where we go
                              Bm 
        The sun will al-ways shine
                                   Gm
        And to-mor-row we might a-wake

        On the o-ther side

      G                       Em   
Chorus: We are beau-ti-ful no mat-ter what they say
               D     -    D7       Bm  -  Bm7      
        Yes, words can't bring us down...    oh no
      G                       Em       
        We are beau-ti-ful in ev'-ry sin-gle way
          D     -    D7       Bm -  Bm7      
        Words can't bring us down...   oh 
      Em                             | D   | D7   | Bm   | Gm   |   
        So don't you bring me down to-day...  
                                |   D   |   D   |       
        Don't you bring me down to-day...   

D Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
alt: alternative chord voicing

Right-Handed Chord Tabs                        
            D                D7                Bm                    Bm (alt)
    e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|-3-|---|   e |---|-1-|---|---|   e |---|-1-|---|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|-1-|-2-|---|   B |---|---|-2-|---|
    G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-1-|---|-4-|   G |---|---|---|-4-|
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-1-|---|-3-|   D |---|---|---|-3-|
    A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|-1-|---|---|   A |---|---|---|---|x
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3   4         1   2   3   4

           Gm                Em                Bm7                   Bm7 (alt)
    e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|-1-|---|---|   e |---|-4-|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|-1-|-2-|---|   B |---|---|---|---|
    G |-1-|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-1-|---|---|   G |---|-3-|---|---|
    D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|-3-|   D |---|---|---|---|
    A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|---|   A |---|-2-|---|---|
    E |-1-|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|---|x
Frets   3   4   5         1   2   3         1   2   3   4         1   2   3   4

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          D                D7                  Bm                  Bm (alt)
    |---|-2-|---| e   |---|-3-|---| e   |---|---|-1-|---| e   |---|---|-1-|---| e
    |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|-2-|-1-|---| B   |---|-2-|---|---| B
    |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |-4-|---|-1-|---| G   |-4-|---|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |-3-|---|-1-|---| D   |-3-|---|---|---| D
    |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|-1-|---| A  x|---|---|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1         4   3   2   1         4   3   2   1   Frets
      
         Gm                Em                  Bm7                   Bm7 (alt)
    |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-|---| e   |---|---|-4-|---| e
    |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|-2-|-1-|---| B   |---|---|---|---| B
    |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|-1-|---| G   |---|---|-3-|---| G
    |-4-|---|-1-| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |-3-|---|-1-|---| D   |---|---|---|---| D
    |-3-|---|-1-| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|-2-|---| A
    |---|---|-1-| E   |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---|---| E
      5   4   3         3   2   1         4   3   2   1         4   3   2   1   Frets


PS. The alternative Bm and Bm7 chords are both open chords that
can be played if you haven't learned barre chords yet.
Bm7 (alt) is played just like a B7 chord without the first finger.

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly easy with a capo - you will need to know a few barre chords, but they are fairly easy to play.
  • Song Key : E♭ Major (3 flats - B♭, E♭, and A♭)
  • This is a piano-based song therefore the key doesn't matter. Whatever notes you play, the sound is clean and each note rings true. On a guitar, the key of the song does matter, especially if you are looking for a clean crisp sound which is required for this song. Enter the capo...
  • This song is in the key of Emajor, which makes it a little hard for beginners to play, so we have placed a capo on the first fret, and play in the key of D major... much easier. To the ear, it is still in the key of E ♭ major. We have kept the arrangement as simple as possible, so that beginners can play along.

    If you choose to play without a capo, it becomes a little harder as most of the chords will be barre chords. It sounds better with a capo as the chords sound crisp and clean, as opposed to some barre chords that can sound slightly muffled if not played well, e.g., E♭, E♭7.
  • You can play around a little with the D & D7 chord, playing a Dsus4 and D7sus4 on the last beat of their respective bars... adds color. Simply add your little finger to the 1st string, 3rd fret. Instead of |D / / / | you could play |D / / Dsus4|. The same goes with D7 (x00213).
  • You don't have to play the Bm7... added it for a little interest.
  • If you can't play barre chords:
    For Bm, simply use your first finger on the 1st string 2nd fret as the diagram shows, but make sure you don't play strings 5 & 6.
    For Bm7 you can try an alternative position which is very similar to a B7 chord without the first finger... x20202
    For Gm, you will have to try a mini barre where your first finger will have to cover the first 3 strings on the 3rd fret, and don't play string 6 (bottom E)... if you do manage to play the mini barre successfully, you will have no problems playing a full barre.
  • If you don't want to use a Capo:
    The chord progression in the intro, verses, and bridge is | E♭ | E♭7 | Cm | A♭m |
    The chord progression in the choruses is | A♭ | Fm | E♭ / E♭7 / | Cm |
    The outro is the same as the intro | E♭ | E♭7| Cm | A♭m | ending on | E♭ |
  • A full transposition for this song: You will find it much easier to play with a capo... the choice is yours. For all other transpositions, use the Free Music Service above.
D Major (Capo on First fret) D D7 Bm Bm7 Gm Em
Eb Major E♭ E♭7 Cm Cm7 A♭m Fm
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