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Welcome to this Wake Me Up Guitar Tutorial by Avicii! After the sad and unfortunate passing of Tim Bergling I thought I’d pay tribute with a lesson of perhaps his most popular song. I’ve also had a lot of requests for this too so hope you all enjoy. The song sounds brilliant on acoustic guitar as that’s how it was originally recorded. It’s a simple song to play with only 2 chord progressions you need to learn. Here’s an interesting fact, the co-songwriter Mike Einziger is actually the guitarist for the band Incubus – he actually teaches how to play this song in his own youtube video you can watch below.

In this lesson i’ll teach you 2 different ways of playing the song.

1. Studio version – How Mike actually plays it in the recording with Capo on 2nd fret.
2. Simplified version – No capo required

I’ll also teach you how to play the lead riff in the dance breakdown.

Enjoy! Like this #wakemeup video by #avicii and subscribe to the channel for more videos in the future!

-Dave Tran (Your online guitar teacher 😁)

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      MAIN RIFF - NO CAPO
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e|-----------------10----------------|-10--10----10-12p10-12—12/14-10--|
B|-12--12----10-12----12----10-12p10-|---------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
   D  D      U  D  U  D     U  D       D   D     U  D     D  D     D

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      STUDIO VERSION CAPO ON 2ND
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[Intro]

Am F C/G G
Am F C/G E  
Am F C/G G
Am F C/G E  

[Verse]

Am        F                 C/G                C/G
Feeling my way through the darkness
Am        F                 C/G                C/G
Guided by a beating heart
Am       F                  C/G               C/G
I can't tell where the journey will end
Am      F                  C/G             C/G
But I know where to start

Am       F                  C/G               C/G
They tell me I'm too young to understand
Am      F                  C/G                 C/G
They say I'm caught up in a dream
Am       F                   C/G                 C/G
Well life will pass me by if I don't open up my eyes
Am      F                    C/G                 C/G
Well that's fine by me


[Chorus]

Am      F                C/G          G
So wake me up when it's all over
Am      F                C/G          E
When I'm wiser and I'm older
Am      F                C/G          G
All this time I was finding myself
Am      F                C/G          E
And I didn't know I was lost

Am      F                C/G          G
So wake me up when it's all over
Am      F                C/G          E
When I'm wiser and I'm older
Am      F                C/G          G
All this time I was finding myself
Am      F                C/G          E
And I didn't know I was lost

[Verse]

Am        F                 C/G                C/G
I tried carrying the weight of the world
Am        F                 C/G                C/G
But I only have two hands
Am        F                 C/G                C/G
Hope I get the chance to travel the world
Am        F                 C/G                C/G
But I don't have any plans

Am        F                 C/G                C/G
Wish that I could stay forever this young
Am        F                 C/G                C/G
Not afraid to close my eyes
Am        F                 C/G                C/G
Life's a game made for everyone
Am        F                 C/G                C/G
And love is the prize


[Chorus]

Am      F                C/G          G
So wake me up when it's all over
Am      F                C/G          E
When I'm wiser and I'm older
Am      F                C/G          G
All this time I was finding myself
Am      F                C/G          E
And I didn't know I was lost

Am      F                C/G          G
So wake me up when it's all over
Am      F                C/G          E
When I'm wiser and I'm older
Am      F                C/G          G
All this time I was finding myself
Am      F                C/G          E
And I didn't know I was lost


[Bridge]

Am      F                C/G          C/G
Didn't know I was lost
Am      F                C/G          C/G
I didn't know I was lost
Am      F                C/G          C/G
I didn't know I was lost
Am      F                C/G          C/G
I didn't know (didn't know, didn't know)
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      NO CAPO VERSION
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Think Barre Chords on Bm and G feels better.

[Intro]
Bm  G   D   A
Bm  G   D   A

[Verse 1]
Bm         G              D      D
Feeling my way through the darkness
Bm     G            D    D
Guided by a beating heart
Bm      G              D         D
I can’t tell where the journey will end
Bm    G             D     D
But I know where it starts
Bm           G                D       D
They tell me I’m too young to understand
Bm           G              D     D
They say I’m caught up in a dream
Bm             G               D          D
Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes
Bm          G       D   D
Well that’s fine by me

[Chorus]
           Bm      G        D  A
So wake me up when it’s all over
         Bm    G       D  A
When I’m wiser and I’m older
         Bm         G       D  A
All this time I was finding myself
      Bm     G          D  A
And I didn’t know I was lost
           Bm      G        D  A
So wake me up when it’s all over
         Bm    G       D  A
When I’m wiser and I’m older
         Bm         G       D  A
All this time I was finding myself
      Bm     G          D  A
And I didn’t know I was lost

[Verse 2]
Bm         G              D      D
I tried carrying the weight of the world
Bm     G            D    D
But I only have two hands
Bm      G              D         D
Hope I get the chance to travel the world
Bm     G            D    D
And I don’t have any plans
Bm      G              D         D
Wish that I could stay forever this young
Bm     G            D    D
Not afraid to close my eyes
Bm      G              D         D
Life’s a game made for everyone
Bm     G            D    D
And love is a prize

[Chorus]
           Bm      G        D  A
So wake me up when it’s all over
         Bm    G       D  A
When I’m wiser and I’m older
           Bm      G        D  A
All this time I was finding myself
         Bm    G       D  A
And I didn’t know I was lost
           Bm      G        D  A
So wake me up when it’s all over
         Bm    G       D  A
When I’m wiser and I’m older
           Bm      G        D  A
All this time I was finding myself

[Outro]
And I
   Bm          G     D       A
I didn’t know I was lost
   Bm          G     D       A
I didn’t know I was lost
   Bm          G     D       A
I didn’t know I was lost
   Bm          G     D       A
I didn’t know I was lost
   Bm          G  Bm          G  Bm          G
I didn’t know I (didn’t know I, didn’t know I)