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Welcome to this If I Can’t Have You Guitar Tutorial by Shawn Mendes!
This is his newest single and is an incredibly catchy song, best of all, it requires no capo and if fairly easy to learn! The toughest part is the verse picked riff, but in the lesson i’ll also show you how to play an easy strummed version of the verse. The chorus chords are super simple and with a little bit of muted strumming we can create a great energetic rhythm to drive the song along.

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-Dave Tran (Your online guitar teacher ūüėĀ)

[Verse Riff]
   G                 F#m     Bm        Em                Em      F#m
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
B|-----------------|---------------3-|-----------------|----------------|
G|-------4---------|-------2---------|-------0---------|-------0------2-|
D|----0------------|------------4----|-----------------|----------------|
A|-----------------|----4----2-------|----2------------|----2-------4---|
E|-3---------------|-2---------------|-0---------------|-0-------2------|

[Verse Riff Variation]
   G                 F#m     Bm        Em                Em      F#m
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
B|-----------------|---------------3-|-----------------|----------------|
G|-------2h4-------|-------2---------|-------0---------|-------0------2-|
D|----0------------|------------4----|-----------------|----------------|
A|-----------------|----4----2-------|----2------------|----2-------4---|
E|-3---------------|-2---------------|-0---------------|-0-------2------|

[Riff Before Chorus]
   G                 F#m     Bm        G       D/F#      Em7
e|-----------------|-----------------|-3---------------|-3--------------|
B|-----------------|---------------3-|-3-------3-------|-3--------------|
G|-------2h4-------|-------2---------|-0-------2-------|-0--------------|
D|----0------------|------------4----|-0-------0-------|-2--------------|
A|-----------------|----4----2-------|-2-------0-------|-2--------------|
E|-3---------------|-2---------------|-3-------2-------|-0--------------|

[Intro/Chorus]
G            D/F# Em7             D/F#  G
I can't write one song that's not about you
           D/F# Em7          D/F#  G
Can't drink without thinking about you
     D/F# Em7           D/F#
Is it too late to tell you that
G                D/F#         E7
Everything means nothing if I can't have you


[Verse 1]
G                      F#m      Bm
  I'm in Toronto and I got this view
      Em                    Em    F#m
But I might as well be in a hotel room, yeah
G                              F#m   Bm
  It doesn't matter 'cause I'm so consumed
         Em                    Em         F#m
Spending all my nights reading texts from you
G               F#m        Bm
Oh, I'm good at keeping my distance
  Em                   Em          F#m
I know that you're the feeling I'm missing
  G             F#m       Bm
You know that I hate to admit it
    G                F#m          E7
But everything means nothing if I can't have you


[Chorus]
G            D/F# Em7             D/F#  G
I can't write one song that's not about you
           D/F# Em7          D/F#  G
Can't drink without thinking about you
     D/F# Em7           D/F#
Is it too late to tell you that
G                D/F#         E7
Everything means nothing if I can't have you
G            D/F# Em7             D/F#  G
I can't write one song that's not about you
           D/F# Em7          D/F#  G
Can't drink without thinking about you
     D/F# Em7           D/F#
Is it too late to tell you that
G                D/F#         E7
Everything means nothing if I can't have you


[Verse 2]
G                      F#m      Bm
  I'm so sorry that my timing's off
      Em                           Em    F#m
But I can't move on if we're still gonna talk
G                       F#m      Bm
  Is it wrong for me to not want half?
       Em                  Em        F#m
I want all of you, all the strings attached
G               F#m        Bm
Oh, I'm good at keeping my distance
  Em                   Em          F#m
I know that you're the feeling I'm missing
  G             F#m       Bm
You know that I hate to admit it
    G                F#m          E7
But everything means nothing if I can't have you


[Chorus]
G            D/F# Em7             D/F#  G
I can't write one song that's not about you
           D/F# Em7          D/F#  G
Can't drink without thinking about you
     D/F# Em7           D/F#
Is it too late to tell you that
G                D/F#         E7
Everything means nothing if I can't have you
G            D/F# Em7             D/F#  G
I can't write one song that's not about you
           D/F# Em7          D/F#  G
Can't drink without thinking about you
     D/F# Em7           D/F#
Is it too late to tell you that
G                D/F#         E7
Everything means nothing if I can't have you


[Bridge]
G                       F#m          Bm
  I'm trying to move on,  forget you,  but I hold on
Em                        Em               F#m
Everything means nothing, everything means nothing, babe
G                       F#m          Bm
  I'm trying to move on,  forget you,  but I hold on
G                F#m          E7
Everything means nothing if I can't have you


[Chorus]
N.C.
I can't write one song that's not about you
N.C.
Can't drink without thinking about you
N.C.
Is it too late to tell you that
N.C.
Everything means nothing if I can't have you (Yeah)
G            D/F# Em7             D/F#  G
I can't write one song that's not about you
           D/F# Em7          D/F#  G
Can't drink without thinking about you
     D/F# Em7           D/F#
Is it too late to tell you that
G                D/F#         E7
Everything means nothing if I can't have you