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Welcome to this Because I Had You Guitar Tutorial by Shawn Mendes!
This is a super simple and short song to play off Shawn’s new self titled album. It’s a fingerpicked song with simple chord structures so it’s great for beginners. In this video I will even teach you 2 different ways of playing the song.

1. Studio version – fingerpicked
2. Easy version – simple open chord shapes strummed

Not sure if it’s just me but I feel this song sounds a lot like Love Yourself by Justin Bieber, especially the guitar parts!

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

-Dave Tran (Your online guitar teacher 😁)

[Verse]
   Em        C       G
e|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|
B|-8---x-------x---|-----x-------x---|
G|-----x-----5-x---|-4---x-----4-x---|
D|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|
A|-7---x-----3-x---|-----x-------x---|
e|-----x-------x---|-3---x-----3-x---|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 

[Prechorus]
  Bm                C                 Bm                C
e|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|-----x-----------|
B|-3---x-----3-x---|-5---x-----5-x---|-3---x-----3-x---|-5---x-----------|
G|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|-----x-----------|
D|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|-----x-----------|
A|-2---x-----2-x---|-3---x-----3-x---|-2---x-----2-x---|-3---x-----------|
E|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|-----x-----------|
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 

[Chorus]
   Em        C       G
e|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|
B|-8---x-------x---|-----x-------x---|
G|-----x-----5-x---|-4---x-----4-x---|
D|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|   x2
A|-7---x-----3-x---|-----x-------x---|
e|-----x-------x---|-3---x-----3-x---|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 

   Em        C       G         D
e|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|
B|-8---x-------x---|-----x-------x---|
G|-----x-----5-x---|-4---x-----7-x---|
D|-----x-------x---|-----x-------x---|
A|-7---x-----3-x---|-----x-----5-x---|
e|-----x-------x---|-3---x-------x---|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 

   Em        C       G
e|-----x-------x---|-----x-----------|
B|-8---x-------x---|-----x-----------|
G|-----x-----5-x---|-4---x-----------|
D|-----x-------x---|-----x-----------|
A|-7---x-----3-x---|-----x-----------|
e|-----x-------x---|-3---x-----------|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 
[Verse 1]
Em           C              G
I think it's time that I be honest
Em             C          G
Should've told you not to go
Em        C                G
Thought I knew just what I wanted
Em            C         G
I didn't know myself at all


[Pre-Chorus 1]
Bm                     C
You're with somebody I can't be, yeah
Bm                         C
But I can tell that you're happy


[Chorus 1]
              Em                 C        G
It's time for me to finally meet somebody new
            Em             C              G
Take her to all the places that I took us to
              Em             C           G                D             Em
And she might help me forget that loving her is something I could never do
C         G
Because I had
          Em  C    G
Because I had you


[Verse 2]
Em            C      G
Hey, remember when I told you
             Em                C       G
That you and I will go down in history together, yeah
Em            C          G
And does your sister ask about me?
        Em                    C    G
You and I, what we had, is it gone forever?


[Pre-Chorus 2]
Bm                     C
You're with somebody I can't be
Bm                         C
But I can tell that you're happy


[Chorus 1]
              Em                 C        G
It's time for me to finally meet somebody new
            Em             C              G
Take her to all the places that I took us to
              Em             C           G                  D
And she might help me forget that loving her is something I could never do
C         G
Because I had
          Em
Because I had you


[Bridge]
        C        G
There's nothin', oh
                        Em
There's nothin' left to lose
C             G
Because I had you, babe
Em      C       G
There's nothin'
                     Em
Nothin' that I could do
  C          G
I wish I had you


[Chorus 2]
                 Em             C              G
But I think it's time I finally found somebody new
            Em                          C      G
And tell myself that she's the one that get me through
              Em             C          G                D             Em
And she might help me forget but loving her is something I could never do
C                  G
Because I had you