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For this tutorial we are going to learn how to play DESPACITO on guitar.

Despacito” (American Spanish: [despa’sito]; “Slowly”) is a song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee from Fonsi’s 2019 studio album Vida.[1][2] Released on January 12, 2017, the song was written by Fonsi, Erika Ender and Daddy Yankee, and produced by Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. A remix version featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber was released on April 17, 2017, which helped to improve the chart performance of the song in numerous countries, including various number-one positions. “Despacito” has been widely credited by music journalists as being instrumental in popularizing Spanish-language pop music in the mainstream market again.

HOW TO PLAY “DESPACITO” (Transcription)

Hey, welcome back to let’s Play Guitar. In this lesson, we’re going to check out how to play this Passito. This is a really fun song to play on the guitar, and a lot of requests requested it. So here it is. We can learn how to play the intro.

DESPACITO guitar tabs

We’re going to learn how to play the cards, just three or four cards in this entire song. And a really cool strum pattern as well that you can use in a lot of other Spanish songs as well. So let’s get right into it to play this song. You don’t need any cable and we’re in standard tuning. All right.


Let’s see how to play the intro. For the intro, you’re going to need to have a little bar over here on the 7th, 3rd string, second string, and first string, right. Just going to have a bar so you can pick the third string, second string and first string.

And then you play 10th fret on the first string. And then you’re going to have to do a lot of pull offs and slides. So from ten, you go back to nine, then from nine, you go back to seven.

Then from seven, you do a slide back to six fret like that. All right.

Then you pick again on 7th or first string. So then after that, again, pick third string, second string, first string on the 7th fret.

Then you pick 9th fret.

Then you come here on the 14th fret of first string. Then you pick 15th fret on second string.

Here you have 14 and 15. And you’re going to pick like this string, 12121. So from over here 12121. Then in the end, she going to slide all the way up to the 11th fret on the third string. Then you pick 10th fret on the first string.


So you can do a slide from anywhere. Just make sure you go up to the 11th string, right and 10th from the first frame. Right.

Then you do a slide back. This is optional. You can do a slide back, or you can just directly go to the 9th fit on third string and 9th fret on the first string.

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And after that, as you can see, we’re doing a slide back again from nine to seven on the third string. And then pick still fit on the first ring as well. So on this part, you get and just as you pick that first string, you start scrumbing, right. So that strum pattern that’s going to be happening for the worst of the song. And in the chorus, we’re using a different strum pattern.

So now let’s take a look at how to play the cards over here. The cards that we’re using in the song are B minor. Let’s see how to play this card. There’s different ways to play it. If you’re bigger than you can play it like this.

You just have fourth fret on fourth string, fourth fret, on third string, third fret on second string. And then you can have a bar on the first string and fifth string to play that first string on the fifth string or just that first string. Make sure you don’t hit that fifth string, right? So be minor. Call, let me just show you the cards first and you get a G.

I’m playing it this way. Third fit on the top string. Not really playing the fifth string because it’s covered underneath that middle finger. We have third fit and third fit again on the first two strings, D major, second fit and second fit on the first string and third string. Third fit on second string.

Then you come to eight. Now you can play this way or this way, it doesn’t really matter. Second fit on the fourth string, third string and second string, A major. Those are the four cards if you’re using now, if you want, you can have a little variation on a you can add your ring finger in on the third of second string. That little stat variation over there.

It sounds really nice now, further, worse, we’re using this from pattern. First, you’re going to pick the base note on each card. So on B minor, you’re going to pick fifth string because the base note is over here. Right?


All right. So down the first downstream, when I say down is on the base note, just over this down next downstream is on all the strings. And right after that, you want to mute the card. So there’s lots of ways to do it merely two ways to do it. But what you want to do is you want to lift your fingers on the left hand, lift your fingers a little after pressing them down.

Just when you strum lift them to make sure that it doesn’t make any sound anymore like that.

And then while the fingers are raised, you want to do down, up and then again, press them down again and play downstrom.

All in all, you get down up on mute. Okay, sir, on the last round, you want to lift your fingers again, because right after that, you’re going to have to repeat that down, up on the mute. Then again, push them down and again, down, up, down. You get it. So let me go slow.

Mute. Mute. Mute. We’re doing mute three times. When I say mute, you have to lift your fingers and do down.

Up on mute. Let’s mute it downstream and upstream. So all right, then you come to the next card and you’re going to do the same thing. Down will be on the top string on G. So here you can mute the strings again.

It’s by lifting your fingers so that they don’t make any sound. All right. And do the same string pattern down.

All right, then you can D major over here.

Fifth string and fourth string or fourth string and third string, or just the fourth string. And then do the same strum pattern.

All right, and go to image and do the same strum pattern over here, down now to mute this card. What I like to do is I like to use these string fingers because they’re not doing anything. I just like to put them over the fretboard so that it completely mutes the sound. Because if I left my finger over here, you’re still playing that fifth string, because you haven’t muted. That because that’s an open string, right?

That’s why I like to put my fingers back on, not press them, just put them over the freightboard.

And then when I do down, up it’s again on those fingers over there, which have put on the fretboard.

And that is it. That’s the strong pattern that you’re going to have zero for the rest.

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