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wild world

wild world guitar tabThe second Cat Steven song that we will learn how to play here at Riffriff.com after “Father and Son” is called “Wild World“. This is the his first song that reached the US charts. It reached No. 11.

Album: Tea For The Tillerman
Released: 1971

“Wild World” is one of those songs that Cat Stevens wrote when he was going out with a young American woman, Patti D’Arbanville. Apparently this song is about the time when they are going their separate ways. The song is in the form of the singer’s words to his departing lover.

As for the composition and guitar chord structure, Stevens recalled to Mojo: “It was one of those chord sequences that’s very common in Spanish music. I turned it around and came up with that theme- which is a recurring theme in my work- which is to do with leaving, the sadness of leaving, and the anticipation of what lies beyond.”

How to Play Wild World

Just like many other guitar songs, the important thing to know here are the chords and basic strumming pattern. There are a couple of riffs in the chorus of the song and that is also an important part of the song and is a must that we learn those part as well

Guitar Chords and Verse

It starts with chords Am to D, then G to C, F to Dm and then an E major.. with Esus and back.

They rhythm pattern is in 4/4 time. The timing is 1, 2, 3, four -and. The 1 and 2 strong hit on base strings of the chords. The 3 and 4-an down strong of the higher string of the chord.

That’s just a pattern you should take note of but don’t do it religiously or you will sound stiff and unnatural. Just play the strumming relaxed and enjoy the song. Take the it consideration, loosen up.

Do that pattern on each of the chord.

There’s a little lick at that E major part of the chord. This is done by playing the Esus4 chord and then going back to the E major chord.

This is an important part of the song since it helps you propel to the next part of the song.

Second part of the verse we do the same way. We start with the Am to D, G major to C major, F major to D minor and for the last part, that’s a little different. We go from E major to G major. You should take note of the timing.

We do just one stroke on the E major on 2 counts and immediately play the G major for another 2 counts. We then pause for one bar before going into the chorus.

And before going to the chorus, lets learn this little melody line. Pinky 3rd fret of 4rt string, to 2nd fret  (E) to D, 4th string played open.  Let’s play those melody line into the rhythm.

Guitar Chords Chorus

The chorus starts right after the melody line from the G major of the verse.

The guitar chords for the chorus is more predictable compared to the chords of the verses. The chords are C , G and F major. And here’s how you play them.

The C major and G major is played 2 measure each on the first bar and F major is played for the whole bar. The first 2 beats is the strum and the next 2 counts is the riff of the song.

The riff is just the c major notes from high C on the first fret on the 2nd strings all the way to low C on the 3rd fret on the 5th string. The notes are C, B, A, G, F, E, D, C.

It is then followed by the G bass on the 6th string in preparation for the G major chord followed by F and then C.

The next guitar riff is the notes G, G, open A, C, C, C (on the 5th string) then back to open A and back to G.

That’s the “heart” of the song, those 2 guitar riff. If you know the chords and those 2 riff, you basically know the whole song.

To better understand how to play Wild World, please watch my video above several times. Do not forget to Subscribe to my Youtube Channel in order to get notified of the upcoming video tutorials. Press Like and share to your friends!





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