I Wont Give Up chords

by Jason Mraz
  • I Won't Give Up was written by Jason Mraz and Michael Natter. It was recorded in 2011 and the single was released on Jan 3rd, 2012 from the album Love Is A Four Letter Word.
  • Music: Key of E Major in 6/8 time at ~ 136 bpm (♩) with drop D tuning
  • Drop D tuning: Tune bottom E (string 6) downwards 1 whole tone/step.
  • Chords: D, G/D, Bm7, Em, A, Asus4, Dsus4, C, Gmaj7, C#dim... all charts below including the Guitar TAB for the first 9 bars.
  • Capo: 2nd fret if playing with the video (E Major).

This is a snippet of the song featuring the TAB version of the first 9 bars leading into the song with Drop D tuning and Capo on 2.

Strings 1-6:   E-B-G-D-A-D

I Won't Give Up Tab - Intro

I Wont Give Up

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
                   
             G/D    D    D     G/D    D    D      G/D   D    D    Asus4     A
Intro: 6/8 |-Riff|    -    | - Riff|     -    | - Riff|   -    | - Riff|        |     |

                     G/D  D                               G/D   D
1. When I look in-to your eyes    It's like watch-ing the night sky
                    G/D   D                            Asus4     A
   Or a beau-ti-ful sun - rise    There's so much they hold   |     |

                      G/D  D                          G/D     D
2. And just like them old  stars    I see that you've come so far
                     G/D  D                      Asus4     A 
   To be right where you  are    How old is your soul?  |     |

                     G     D                 Bm7       A
Chorus: I won't give up on us    Even if the skies get rough
                        G      D                         Asus4     A
        I'm giv-ing you all my love    I'm still looking up     |     |

                            G/D  D                    G/D   D
3. And when you're need-ing your space     To do some nav-i-gat-ing
                G           D                            Asus4     A 
   I'll be here pa-tient-ly wait-ing     To see what you find   |     |   

                        G          D                  Bm7         A
Chorus: 'Cause even the stars they burn    Some e-ven fall to the earth
                    G      D                        Asus4       A 
        We've got a lot to learn    God knows we're worth it |     |
                           Gmaj7     Em    Gmaj7     Em 
        No, I won't give | up...  -      |        -      |

                Em
Bridge: I don't wan-na be some-one who walks a-way so eas-i-ly
                                                        A
        I'm here to stay and make the dif-fer-ence that I can make
            Em
        Our dif-fer-en-ces they do a lot to teach us how to use
                                                  A          Asus4    A
        The tools and gifts we got yeah, we got a lot at stake     |      |
                   C
        And in the end, you're still my friend at least we did in-tend

        For us to work we did-n't break, we did-n't burn
   C#dim
        We had to learn how to bend with-out the world cav-ing in
       C                            C#dim                A           D    Dsus4   D
        I had to learn what I've got     And what I'm not and who I |am -       |   |

                     G     D                 Bm7       A
Chorus: I won't give up on us    Even if the skies get rough
                        G      D                         Asus4               A
        I'm giv-ing you all my love    I'm still looking up    Still looking up

                          G                  D
Chorus: Well I won't give up (no I'm not) on us (giving up)
                      Bm7                  A
        God knows I'm tough (I am tough) e-nough (I am loved)
                    G                    D    
        We've got a lot (we're alive) to learn (we are loved)
                        A                   Asus4       A
        God knows we're worth it (and we're worth it)|      | 

                     G     D                 Bm7       A
Chorus: I won't give up on us    Even if the skies get rough
                        G      D                         A
        I'm giv-ing you all my love    I'm still looking up... 
  • Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
  • Unmarked strings: Play open
  • x: Don't play string

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

            C                Em               Asus4               A 
    e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|-4-|   B |---|-3-|---|
    G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-3-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|
    A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|x  D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|---|---|x  D |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

          Dsus4             C#dim             Gmaj7          Gmaj7 (alt) 
    e |---|---|-4-|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|-3-|---|   e |-1-|---|---|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|-1-|---|---|
    G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|-1-|---|
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|x  D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|-1-|
    A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|---|---|---|x
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|x  D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3         2   3   4         1   2   3         2   3   4   5
  • Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
  • Unmarked strings: Play open
  • x: Don't play string
          G/D            G/D (alt)             D                Bm7
    |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|-2-|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|-2-|-1-| B
    |---|---|---| G   |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-1-|---| G   |---|---|-1-| G
    |---|---|---| D   |-1-|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |-3-|---|-1-| D
    |---|-1-|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|-1-| A
    |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D  x|---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D
      3   2   1         5   4   3         3   2   1         4   3   2   Frets
      
          C                Em               Asus4               A
    |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B
    |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G
    |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-3-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D
    |-1-|---|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D  x|---|---|---| D  x|---|---|---| D
      3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets
      
        Dsus4             C#dim             Gmaj7          Gmaj7 (alt)
    |-4-|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|-3-|---| e   |---|---|---|-1-| e
    |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-2-|---| B
    |---|-1-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-3-|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D  x|---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |-4-|---|---|---| D
    |---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A  x|---|---|---|---| A
    |---|---|---| D  x|---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---|---| D
      3   2   1         4   3   2         3   2   1         5   4   3   2   Frets

Notes:

  • Level Of Ease: Moderate depending on how you play it. Jason uses a capo on the 2nd fret and uses Drop D tuning on the 6th string.
  • Drop-D Tuning simply means you tune the bottom E string (fattest string) down a whole tone (2 semitones) to D. The tuning from the lowest string to the highest string is D - A - D - G - B - E.
  • Because our bottom string is now D, it will alter the way we play certain chords with the inclusion of the 6th string - as the note 'D' is in the chord structure.
  • Both D and Dsus4 include all 6 strings with Bm7 using the open D on the 6th string.
  • Notice the Em chord - 1st finger on the 2nd fret making the leading note an E, as D is not in the chord structure (D + 2 frets = E).
  • I have kept the song as simple as possible so that most of you can play along. G/D means a G chord leading with a D Bass Note. If you are using Drop D tuning on your 6th string, make sure you don't finger the 3rd fret, 6th string(G) if you are playing a normal G chord, as you will play an F which will sound very ordinary. Simply leave the string open as it is a D note which is part of a G chord (5th). I have added an alternative chord position for G which Jason uses (see charts).
  • The same applies to other chords which don't have a D note in their chord structure. If you are playing Bm as a barre chord, don't hit the bottom string. If you listen carefully, you can hear chords that don't sound right.
  • If you don't use drop D tuning on the 6th string just play the all the chords as you normally would with G/D played as a normal G chord.
  • Key Signature: E Major... 4 sharps - (F# C# G# D#)
  • Key Signature with capo: D Major... 2 sharp - (F# C#)
  • Time Signature: 6/8 This means there are 6 eighth-note/quaver beats per bar. This can also be counted as | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | or | 1& 2& 3& 4& 5& 6& |
  • A dotted eighth-note rest at the start of the song is equivalent to 1 + 1/2 eighth-note rest, or 1 eighth-note + 1 sixteenth-note rest. So, if you count the bar as | 1& 2& 3& 4& 5& 6& | (6 eighth-notes / 12 sixteenth-notes), the 1& is an eighth-note rest, and the 2 is a sixteenth-note rest... you come in on the & after the 2.
  • The notes leading up to the first full bar of music is called an anacrusis.
  • In the Intro wherever you see 'riff', you can continue to play the D chord if you don't want to play the riff.
  • The hyphen between 2 chords in a bar means the chords share equal beat counts in that bar, which in this case is 3 beats per chord (6/8 time), e.g., | Gmaj7 - Em | means 3 beat counts on Gmaj7 and 3 beat counts on Em.
  • Use the Chord Transposer above if you want to play in any other key... you will need to adjust the bottom string back to E if you do this.

C#dim chord is an easy chord to play ... see charts.

What are the notes for a C#dim chord?

  • Firstly you need to look at the notes in the C# Major Scale:
    C# D# E# F# G# A# B# (all sharps)
  • Then you need to look at the chord formula for a diminished chord:
    1 - b3 - b5 (root, minor third, diminished fifth)
  • Take the notes out of the scale required for the chord ( 1-3-5 ): C# E# G#
  • Apply the formula (1 - b3 - b5): C#- E - G

Once you become familiar with the process and remember your formulas, you can go from step 1 to step 4 in no time at all.

  • In the charts above, C#dim is shown as x4x020 leading with the tonic - C#.
  • You can also play it as xx2020 (E-G-C#-E) which is like playing an A7 chord without the bottom A string.
  • Even though you are not leading with the tonic - C# (inversion), it still sounds good and much easier to play.
  • If you are strumming, it is very difficult to avoid strings 4 and 6 which is required for the x4x020 version of the chord.
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