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Welcome to this Waves Guitar Tutorial by Dean Lewis!
This song is off Dean’s new album “A Place We Knew”, and was one of his break out hits. It’s a fairly easy song to play with a very basic fingerpicking pattern throughout. Dean absolutely loves using these chord shapes for his songs, so hopefully you’ll be able to take a thing or two away from his songwriting style to implement to your own songs. In the video i’ll teach you how to play 2 versions of the song.

  1. Studio version – fingerpicked
  2. Strummed version – easy strummed chords

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

-Dave Tran (Your online guitar teacher ūüėĀ)

[Intro]
G Bm7 D A

[Verse]
G                   Bm7                 
There is a swelling storm
        D                             A
And I'm caught up in the middle of it all
       G          Bm7                              D
And it takes control of the person that I thought I was
                   A
The boy I used to know
G          A            Bm7          
There is a light in the dark
D              G
And I feel its warmth
      A            Bm7
In my hands, in my heart
Em        D      A
Why can't I hold on?

[Pre-Chorus]
Bm7            G      D
It comes and goes in waves
A         Bm7   G   D        A 
It always does, it always does
   Bm7           G            D
We watch as our young hearts fade
A        Bm7   G  D          A
Into the flood, into the flood

[Chorus]
G        A
Freedom, falling,
Bm7                 D           
The feeling that I thought was set in stone
G             A         
Slips through my fingers
Bm7     D       
Trying hard to let go
Em           D       A
It comes and goes in waves
Em           D       A
It comes and goes in waves
A
It carries us away

[Verse]
G           Bm7 
Through the wind
            D                                 A
Down to the place we used to lay when we were kids
G                    Bm7
Memories of a stolen place
              D                        A
Caught in the silence, an echo lost in space

[Pre-Chorus]
Bm7            G      D
It comes and goes in waves
A         Bm7   G   D        A 
It always does, it always does
   Bm7           G            D
We watch as our young hearts fade
A        Bm7   G  D          A
Into the flood, into the flood

[Chorus]
G        A
Freedom, falling,
Bm7                 D           
The feeling that I thought was set in stone
G             A         
Slips through my fingers
Bm7     D       
Trying hard to let go
Em           D       A
It comes and goes in waves
Em           D       A
It comes and goes in waves
A
It carries us away

[Bridge]
G            Bm7         A            D              
I watched my wild youth disappear in front of my eyes
G          Bm7        A
Moments of magic and wonder
Seems so hard to find
G            Bm7         
Is it coming back again?
A          D             
Is it ever coming back again?
G                   Bm7  
Take me back to the feeling when
A                       
Everything was left to find

[Pre-Chorus]
Bm7            G      D
It comes and goes in waves
A         Bm7   G   D        A 
It always does, it always does

[Chorus]
G        A
Freedom, falling,
Bm7                 D           
The feeling that I thought was set in stone
G             A         
Slips through my fingers
Bm7     D       
Trying hard to let go
Em           D       A
It comes and goes in waves
Em           D       A 
It comes and goes in waves
N.C.
It carries us away
[Verse]
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4-|---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7-|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|-7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---|
   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|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---11--11--11--11--11--11--11--11|---6---6---6---6---6---6---6---6-|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--|-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---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

[Prechorus]
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---4---4---4---4---6---6---6---6-|---7---7---7---7---11--11--11--11|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-3---3---3---3---5---5---5---5---|-7---7---7---7---10--10--10--10--|
   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|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---4---4---4---4---6---6---6---6-|---7---7---7---7---12--12--11--11|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-3---3---3---3---5---5---5---5---|-7---7---7---7---12--12--10--10--|
   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|---------------------------------|
G|---6---6---6---6---6---6---6---6-|
D|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|
E|-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   

[CHORUS 1]
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-7---------------4---------------|-11--------------6---------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------| X2
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-7---------------3---------------|-10--------------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|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---7---7---7---7---4---4---4---4-|---11--11--11--11--6---6---6---6-|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------| 
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-7---7---7---7---3---3---3---3---|-10--10--10--10--5---5---5---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|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---7---7---7---7---4---4---4---4-|---11--11--11--11----------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-7---7---7---7---3---3---3---3---|-10--10--10--10------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a

[CHORUS PT.2]
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---4---4---4---4---6---6---6---6-|---7---7---7---7---11--11--11--11|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------| X2
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-3---3---3---3---5---5---5---5---|-7---7---7---7---10--10--10--10--|
   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|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---12--12--12--12--11--11--11--11|---6---6---6---6---6---6---6---6-|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-12--12--12--12--10--10--10--10--|-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---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|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---12--12--12--12--11--11--11--11|---6---6---6---6-----------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-12--12--12--12--10--10--10--10--|-5---5---5---5-------------------|

[Verse]

[Chorus 2]
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---7---7---7---7---4---4---4---4-|---11--11--11--11--6---6---6---6-|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------| X3
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-7---7---7---7---3---3---3---3---|-10--10--10--10--5---5---5---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|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---7---7---7---7---4---4---4---4-|---11--11--11--11----------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-7---7---7---7---3---3---3---3---|-10--10--10--10------------------|
   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a   1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a

[Chorus Pt.2]

[Bridge]
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---4---4---4---4---7---7---7---7-|---6---6---6---6---11--11--11--11|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-3---3---3---3---7---7---7---7---|-5---5---5---5---10--10--10--10--|
   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|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---4---4---4---4---7---7---7---7-|---6---6---6---6---6---6---6---6-|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-3---3---3---3---7---7---7---7---|-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---|

[Chorus 3]
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-7---------------4---------------|-11--------------6---------------|
D|---------------------------------|---------------------------------| X2
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-7---------------3---------------|-10--------------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

[Chorus Pt. 2]