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how to play only exception paramore

the only exception - guitar tabOn this post we will learn how to play “The Only Exception” as popularized by Paramore.

Artist: Paramore
Album: Brand New Eyes

This song has been the most successful song in that album (Brand New Eyes) and for me personally, this is their greatest hit (this is the first Paramore song I got to know).

“The Only Exception” received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Williams’ vocal performance was mainly praised by music critics. Mikael Wood, a writer for Spin felt that “The Only Exception” was a “surprisingly soulful acoustic number” and compared its musical structure to Coldplay‘s Parachutes-era. Wood commented that the song was an “upgrade” that consisted of “focus and intensity”

How to Play The Only Exception

Few things you need to know to play this song correctly.

Time Signature

First, it’s not your usual 4/4 time song. This one is counted as 6/8 or 3/4. You count 1-2-3, 1-2-3 or 1-2-3-4-5-6, 1-2-3-4-5-6. Please watch the video to see a more visual explanation.

Guitar Chords and Capo

The chords for the song are the following: B major, F#m and E major (or an E major 7 for more color). You may play it on the second position of the fretboard. That is, the barred B major on the second fret, the F#m on the same fret and an open E major chord.

An option and a recommended one is to use a capo. Now, the placement of the capo could be on the 2nd fret making the first chord as an open A position in relation to the capo and so on.

Or, the capo can also be placed on the 4th position and then utilizing the open G position in relation to the capo. The open G chord position in this case is the B major.

Those chords and strumming pattern are for the intro and verses. Now it’s time to know the parts for the Outro

Outro Guitar Chords of the Song

For the outro, the guitar chords used are G major (in relation to the 2nd fret capo), then a D major, and the A major. You are going to play that twice.

 On this post we will try to learn how to play the acoustic hit of Paramore – The Only Exception!

This song is in 6/8 (can also be 12/8 0r 3/4, depending on how you count :)

How to Play The Only Exception on Guitar

The song requires a capo for the guitar. The chords of the song are B, F#m and an EM7. With the capo on the second fret of the guitar, the chord shapes become an open A major, Em and DM7. Check out the video for more information.


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