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Welcome to this Under The Bridge Guitar Tutorial by The Red Hot Chili Peppers!

This is perhaps one of my favourite songs of all time, and I remember learning this when I was a teenager. I was absolutely determined to learn it start to finish and master it even though it was a trickier song than I was used to. Once I mastered it, it was the song my best friend and I would play at lunchtime almost every single day at school.

I would encourage all beginners to give this song a shot. It involves a whole bunch of challenging guitar techniques and will really make you a better guitarist if you’re committed to learning it.

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

-Dave Tran (Your online guitar teacher 😁)

[Intro]
   D                                 F#
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|(3)------------3-----------------|(2)------------------------------|
G|---------2---------2-------------|---------------3-----------------|
D|-----4-------4-------------------|---------4---------4-----4-2-----|
A|-5-----------------------4-2-----|-----4-------4---------------5-2-|
E|-----------------------------5-4-|-2-------------------------------|
   D   D   U   D U   U     D U D U   D   D   U   D U   U     D U D U 
   D                                 F#
E|----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|(3)------------3h5p3--------------|---------------------------------|
G|---------2----------2-----2/4-4---|---------------3-----------------|
D|-----4-------4------------4/6-6---|---------4---------4-----4-2-----|
A|-4/5---5------------------5/7-7---|-----4-------4---------------5-2-|
E|----------------------------------|-2-------------------------------|
   D   D D U   D U    U     D  D      D   D   U   D U   U     D U D U
   D                                 F#
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|(3)------------3-----------------|(2)------------------------------|
G|---------2---------2-------------|---------------3-----------------|
D|-----4-------4-------------------|---------4---------4-----4-2-----|
A|-4/5---5-----------------4-2-----|-----4-------4---------------5-2-|
E|-----------------------------5-4-|-2-------------------------------|
   D   D D U   D U   U     D U D U   D   D   U   D U   U     D U D U
   D                                 F#
E|----------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|(3)------------3h5p3--------------|---------------------------------|
G|---------2----------2-----2/4-4---|---------------3---------3-------|
D|-----4-------4------------4/6-6---|---------4---------4-------4-----|
A|-4/5---5------------------5/7-7---|-----4-------4-------4-------4/7-|
E|----------------------------------|-2-------------------------------|
   D   D D U   D U    U     D   D     D   D   U   D U   U D   U U D

[Verse 1]  x2
   E           B                     C#m         G#m     A
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|-9-----------7-------------------|-------9-----4-------5-----------|
G|-9-----------8-------------------|-------9-----4-------6-----------|
D|-9-----------9-------------------|-9/11--11----6-------7-----------|
A|-7-----------9-------------------|-9/11--------6-------7-----------|
E|-------------7-------------------|-------------4-------5-----------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a
   E           B                     C#m         A
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|-9-----------7-------------------|-9-----------5-------------------|
G|-9-----------8-------------------|-9-----------6-------------------|
D|-9-----------9-------------------|-11—---------7-------------------|  
A|-7-----------9-------------------|-11----------7-------------------|
E|-------------7-------------------|-9-----------5-------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a

[Break]
   Emaj7
e|-0---------------|-----------------|
B|-9---------------|-----------------|
G|-8---------------|-----------------|
D|-9---------------|-----------------|
A|-7---------------|-----------------|
E|-0---------------|-----------------|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 

[Verse 2] x2
   E           B                      C#m          G#m     A
e|----------------------------------|--------------------------5h7p5----|
B|-9-----9-----7-----7--------------|-----9----9---4-------5--------5---|
G|-9-----9-----8-----8-----8h9p8--8-|-----9----9---4-------6--------6---|
D|-9-----------9---------9------9---|-9/11--11-----6-------7------------|
A|-7-----------9--------------------|-9/11--11-----6-------7------------|
E|-------------7--------------------|--------------4-------5------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a   1 e + a  2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a
   E           B                      C#m          A
e|----------------------------------|----------------------5------------|
B|-9-----9-----7-----7--------------|-----9----9---5-----------5--------|
G|-9-----9-----8-----8-----8h9p8--8-|-----9----9---6---------------6----|
D|-9-----------9---------9------9---|-9/11--11-----7--------------------|   
A|-7-----------9--------------------|-9/11--11-----7--------------------|
E|-------------7--------------------|--------------5--------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a   1 e + a  2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a

[Break]

[Chorus]
       F#m     E                     B              F#m
e|---------------------------------|-11-11-11-11----9-------9---9---x-x-|
B|-----10------9---9-------9-------|-12-12-12-12----10------10--10--x-x-|
G|-----11------9---9-------9-------|-11-11-11-11----11------11--11--x-x-|
D|-----11------9---9-------9-------|-9--9--9--9-----11------11--11--x-x-|
A|-----9-------7---7-------7-------|----------------9-------9---9---x-x-|
E|---------------------------------|------------------------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   1  e  +  a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   
       F#m     E                     B              F#m
e|-x-x-----------------------------|-11-11-11-11----9-------9---9---x-x-|
B|-x-x-10------9---9-------9-------|-12-12-12-12----10------10--10--x-x-|
G|-x-x-11------9---9-------9-------|-11-11-11-11----11------11--11--x-x-|
D|-x-x-11------9---9-------9-------|-9--9--9--9-----11------11--11--x-x-|
A|-x-x-9-------7---7-------7-------|----------------9-------9---9---x-x-|
E|---------------------------------|------------------------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   1  e  +  a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a  
       F#m     E                     B              F#m
e|-x-x-----------------------------|-11-11-11-11----9-------9---9---x-x-|
B|-x-x-10------9---9-------9-------|-12-12-12-12----10------10--10--x-x-|
G|-x-x-11------9---9-------9-------|-11-11-11-11----11------11--11--x-x-|
D|-x-x-11------9---9-------9-------|-9--9--9--9-----11------11--11--x-x-|
A|-x-x-9-------7---7-------7-------|----------------9-------9---9---x-x-|
E|---------------------------------|------------------------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   1  e  +  a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   
       F#m     E                     B              F#m
e|-x-x-----------------------------|-11-11-11-11----9-------9---9-------|
B|-x-x-10------9---9-------9-------|-12-12-12-12----10------10--10------|
G|-x-x-11------9---9-------9-------|-11-11-11-11----11------11--11------|
D|-x-x-11------9---9-------9-------|-9--9--9--9-----11------11--11------|
A|-x-x-9-------7---7-------7-------|----------------9-------9---9-------|
E|---------------------------------|------------------------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   1  e  +  a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   

[Verse 3]
   E           B                      C#m          G#m     A
e|----------------------------------|--------------------------5h7p5----|
B|-9-----9-----7-----7--------------|-----9----9---4-------5--------5---|
G|-9-----9-----8-----8-----8h9p8--8-|-----9----9---4-------6--------6---|
D|-9-----------9---------9------9---|-9/11--11-----6-------7------------|
A|-7-----------9--------------------|-9/11--11-----6-------7------------|
E|-------------7--------------------|--------------4-------5------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a   1 e + a  2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a
   E           B                      C#m          A
e|----------------------------------|----------------------5------------|
B|-9-----9-----7-----7--------------|-----9----9---5-----------5--------|
G|-9-----9-----8-----8-----8h9p8--8-|-----9----9---6---------------6----|
D|-9-----------9---------9------9---|-9/11--11-----7--------------------|   
A|-7-----------9--------------------|-9/11--11-----7--------------------|
E|-------------7--------------------|--------------5--------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a   1 e + a  2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a
   E           B                      C#m          G#m     A
e|----------------------------------|--------------------------5h7p5----|
B|-9-----9-----7-----7--------------|-----9----9---4-------5--------5---|
G|-9-----9-----8-----8-----8h9p8--8-|-----9----9---4-------6--------6---|
D|-9-----------9---------9------9---|-9/11--11-----6-------7------------|
A|-7-----------9--------------------|-9/11--11-----6-------7------------|
E|-------------7--------------------|--------------4-------5------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a   1 e + a  2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a
   E           B                      C#m          A
e|-------------------------7h9-7----|----------------------5------------|
B|-9-----9-----7-----7-----7---7----|-----9----9---5-----------5--------|
G|-9-----9-----8-----8--------------|-----9----9---6---------------6----|
D|-9-----------9---------9----------|-9/11--11-----7--------------------|  
A|-7-----------9--------------------|-9/11--11-----7--------------------|
E|-------------7--------------------|--------------5--------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a   1 e + a  2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a
   E           B                      C#m          G#m     A
e|----------------------------------|--------------------------5h7p5----|
B|-9-----9-----7-----7--------------|-----9----9---4-------5--------5---|
G|-9-----9-----8-----8-----8h9p8--8-|-----9----9---4-------6--------6---|
D|-9-----------9---------9------9---|-9/11--11-----6-------7------------|
A|-7-----------9--------------------|-9/11--11-----6-------7------------|
E|-------------7--------------------|--------------4-------5------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a   1 e + a  2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a
   E           B                      C#m          A
e|----------------------------------|----------------------5------------|
B|-9-----9-----7-----7--------------|-----9----9---5-----------5--------|
G|-9-----9-----8-----8-----8h9p8--8-|-----9----9---6---------------6----|
D|-9-----------9---------9------9---|-9/11--11-----7--------------------|   
A|-7-----------9--------------------|-9/11--11-----7--------------------|
E|-------------7--------------------|--------------5--------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e  + a   1 e + a  2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a

[Break]

[Chorus]

[Bridge pt.1]
   A           Am                    G6          Fmaj7
E|-0-----0-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-0-----0-x---0-------0---0---0-0-|
B|-5-----5-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-3-----3-x---1-------1---1---1-1-|
G|-6-----6-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-4-----4-x---2-------2---2---2-2-|
D|-7-----7-x---7-------7---7---7-7-|-5-----5-x---3-------3---3---3-3-|   x3
A|-7-----7-x---7-------7---7---7-7-|-5-----5-x---3-------3---3---3-3-|
E|-5-----5-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-3-----3-x---1-------1---1---1-1-|
   D - - U X - D - - - D - D - D U   D - - U X - D - - - D - D - D U

 e|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
 B|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
 G|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
 D|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
 A|-------------------------------------------------|
 E|-------------------------------------------------|
    1  e  +  a  2  e  +  a  3  e  +  a  4  e  +  a
 
 e|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--|
 B|-9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--|
 G|-9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--|
 D|-9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--------------------------|
 A|-------------------------------------------------|
 E|-------------------------------------------------|
    1  e  +  a  2  e  +  a  3  e  +  a  4  e  +  a

[Bridge pt.2]
   A           Am                    G6          Fmaj7
E|-0-----0-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-0-----0-x---0-------0---0---0-0-|
B|-5-----5-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-3-----3-x---1-------1---1---1-1-|
G|-6-----6-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-4-----4-x---2-------2---2---2-2-|
D|-7-----7-x---7-------7---7---7-7-|-5-----5-x---3-------3---3---3-3-|     REPEAT
A|-7-----7-x---7-------7---7---7-7-|-5-----5-x---3-------3---3---3-3-|
E|-5-----5-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-3-----3-x---1-------1---1---1-1-|
   D - - U X - D - - - D - D - D U   D - - U X - D - - - D - D - D U

[Outro]
   A           Am                    G6          Fmaj7
E|-0-----0-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-0-----0-x---0-------0---0---0-0-|
B|-5-----5-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-3-----3-x---1-------1---1---1-1-|
G|-6-----6-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-4-----4-x---2-------2---2---2-2-|
D|-7-----7-x---7-------7---7---7-7-|-5-----5-x---3-------3---3---3-3-|     
A|-7-----7-x---7-------7---7---7-7-|-5-----5-x---3-------3---3---3-3-|
E|-5-----5-x---5-------5---5---5-5-|-3-----3-x---1-------1---1---1-1-|
   D - - U X - D - - - D - D - D U   D - - U X - D - - - D - D - D U
   A           Am                    G6          Fmaj7
E|-0-----0-x---5-------5---3p0-0---|-0-----0-x---0-------0-----------|
B|-5-----5-x---5-------5-----------|-3-----3-x---1-------1---1h3p1---|
G|-6-----6-x---5-------5-----------|-4-----4-x---2-------2---------2-|
D|-7-----7-x---7-------7-----------|-5-----5-x---3-------3-----------|
A|-7-----7-x---7-------7-----------|-5-----5-x---3-------3-----------|
E|-5-----5-x---5-------5-----------|-3-----3-x---1-------1-----------|
   D - - U X - D - - - D - LICK      D - - U X - D - - - D - LICK
   A           Am                    G6          Fmaj7
E|-0-----0-x---5-------5---3p0-0---|-0-----0-x---0-------0---0---0-0-|
B|-5-----5-x---5-------5-----------|-3-----3-x---1-------1---1---1-1-|
G|-6-----6-x---5-------5-----------|-4-----4-x---2-------2---2---2-2-|
D|-7-----7-x---7-------7-----------|-5-----5-x---3-------3---3---3-3-|
A|-7-----7-x---7-------7-----------|-5-----5-x---3-------3---3---3-3-|
E|-5-----5-x---5-------5-----------|-3-----3-x---1-------1---1---1-1-|
   D - - U X - D - - - D - LICK      D - - U X - D - - - D - D - D U
   A           Am                                                  A
E|-0-----0-x---5-------5-----------|---------------------------|---0---|
B|-5-----5-x---5-------5-----------|-0---3----0---1------------|---2---|
G|-6-----6-x---5-------5---5h7p5---|-4--------2----------------|---2---|
D|-7-----7-x---7-------7---------7-|-5-----5--3-----3----------|---2---|
A|-7-----7-x---7-------7-----------|---------------------------|---0---|
E|-5-----5-x---5-------5-----------|---------------------------|-------|
   D - - U X - D - - - D - LICK