The Story Brandi Carlile Chords Acoustic Guitar Lesson

I had no intentions of making this guitar lesson. Until one day one of my Subscribers from my YouTube Channel requested the song The Story. That’s When I decided to put together The Story Brandi Carlile Chords and make an acoustic guitar lesson.

So what I put together is a complete “The Story Brandi Carlile Chords Acoustic Guitar lesson.” And what I want to teach you in The Story Guitar lesson is:

  1. The Story Brandi Carlile Chords
  2. How to strum The Story
  3. Chord Progression for The Story
  4. A Bonus Video
  5. Playing the Solo (How to)
  6. (Bonus 2) The Story Tab

This guitar lesson has every thing you need to play The Story. If your ready to learn how to play this great song. Then grab your guitar and lets get started.

The Story Brandi Carlile Chords

Let’s start out with the chords. Below is all the chords we will be using. And the chord diagram with the finger positioning of the chord. If you need to know how to read a chord diagram take a look at this quick reference to how to read chord Charts.

A Guitar Chord

  • All fingers are positioned at the second fret.
  • Place your first finger on the 4th string. The D string.
  • Then your second finger on the 3rd string. Which is the G string.
  • Next place your third finger on the B string. It’s the second string.
  • When Strumming the A chord don’t play the 6th string.

Here is a link on 5 ways to play the A chord on Guitar.

E Guitar Chord

  1. Position your first finger on the first fret of the G string. Which is the 3rd string.
  2. Next place your second finger on the second fret of the A string. The 5th string.
  3. Then your third finger is at the second fret on the 4th string. Which is the D string.
  4. When strumming the E Major chord you can play all the strings.

F#m Guitar Chord

  1. First finger is barring across all the strings at the second fret.
  2. Your third finger is on the fifth string. At the fourth fret.
  3. Then your pinkie is on the fourth string. Also at the fourth fret.
  4. When strumming the F#m you can play all the strings.

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D Guitar Chord

  1. Place your first finger on the G sting. (3rd string) At the second fret.
  2. Your second finger is on the E string. (1st string) At the second fret.
  3. Then your third finger is on the B string. (2nd string) On the third fret.
  4. Only play the first four strings when playing the D chord. Don’t hit the fifth or sixth strings.

These are the chords that we are going to be playing. When you place the Capo on the guitar neck the names of the chords are not the chords that we are playing.

That’s as clear as mud! But if you want more information about what’s the use of the guitar Capo then click that link. It will become clear for you. And not just placing it on the guitar neck. But how it changes everything.

The capo is going to be positioned on the second fret of the guitar. Then we will be playing the A E F#m and D chord. But first we need to look at the strumming of this song.


How to Strum the Chords to The Story

In the beginning of the song you can hear finger picking. I will explain this portion, but then the actual strumming as the Tempo picks up.

At the intro of the song. You play the A chord. And pick the strings in this order. 5, 3, 2 and back to 3. And 5, 3, 2 and back to 3 Then strum the D. Do this twice. Then the verse starts.  

When the verse starts the strumming pattern goes like this: DD U D DD UD DD UD. Which is the same as Down Down Up Down, Down Down Up Down Up Down.

As you know the song starts out slow and soft and then the Tempo picks up and it ROCKS!!

Chord Progression for The Story

The Chords are A E F#m and D. They are played in this chord progression. First the intro is played A D A D. Then there are two bars of A E F#m and D. Then the same chords are played in the same order for one bar each. After that you play the A E and A again.

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Then it goes to the second verse. Which is the same and then there is the solo. Which we are going to cover next. Be sure to print the Tab out for the solo. It will help you when practicing it.


Brandi Carlile The Story Guitar Solo

Grab a chair and lets learn the solo. If you don’t have a guitar chair take a look at theses specials on the Best Chair for Guitar Players: Studio, Gig, & Your Lifestyle.

I have the solo grouped into 4 licks to make it easier for you. The first lick starts on the 4th fret from the capo on the high E string.

The first part goes like this. Place your first finger at the 4th fret of the first string. And pick the e string, then place your second finger at the 5th fret on the E string, pick the E string again.

Then cover the 7th fret with your pinkie. Still on the E string, pick the E string. Slide your pinkie to the 9th fret and pick that. Then at the 5th fret on the e string, Pick the E string. Use your first finger and cover the 5th fret of the B string. Which is the second string. Then play the B string.

Using your third finger, place it at the 7th fret. On the G string. Play the 3rd string. And end that lick on the 6th fret of the G string. Pick the 3rd string.

Don’t forget there is tab for this. Print it out and it will help you learn these licks.

The Second Lick in the Solo

The next lick you are still on the first string. The E string, and you are going to slide from about the 4th fret to the 9th fret. To do this you are going to use your 3rd finger.

Use your third finger and slide from the 4th fret to the 9th fret. Play the E string once you get there. And then use your first finger to fret the 7th fret on the first string. Pick the E string.

Then fret the fifth fret of the E string and pick the string. After that fret the 7th fret and pick it. And fret the 4th fret of the E string. And pick the E string. Then pick the B string two times once you have covered the 5th fret.

Play the B string again once the 3rd fret is fretted on the B string. And then play the open B string.

Lick Number 3 in the Solo

This one starts on the second fret of the E string. Fret at the 2nd fret with your first finger, and pick the E string two times. Fret the 4th fret of the E string. Play the E string again. Fret the 5th fret with your pinkie, and pick it. Then cover the 2nd fret of the E string and pick it. Pick the E string.

Then roll your first finger onto the B string. You are still at the second fret. And play the second fret of the B string. Pick it two times. Next play the B string open and fret the 3rd string on the second fret of the G string. Which ends the lick. Use some vibrato on the last note.

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End of the Solo Lick

There is just one more lick to complete the solo. You play these frets: 2, 4, and 5 of the E string. And back to 2 on the E string. Then 2 of the B string, and an open B string. Then 2nd fret of the G string. The song then progresses to the A chord.


The Story Brandi Carlile Tab

To make things easier I made the tab just for you. Be sure to print it out to have while practicing.

Related Questions

Where to Place The Capo to Play The Story

If you want to play this song and use only open chords. Then you can place the capo on the fourth fret. If you put the capo on the fourth fret you are going to want to play chords. G, D, Em, and C. You can also place the capo on the second fret and play A E F#m and D.

Related Article: What’s the Use of a guitar capo.


What key is The Story in?

The Story is played in the key of B. The chords that are in the Key of B are:

  1. B Major
  2. C#minor
  3. D# minor
  4. E Major
  5. F# Major
  6. G# minor

The chords that are played in the Story are B F# G#m and E. For more insight’s on Keys take a look at How do you know if a chord is major or minor.

Brandi Carlile The Story Lyrics

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where iv'e been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything 
When you've got know one to tell them to
It's true, I was made for you

I climbed across the mountain tops
Swam all across the ocean blue
I crossed all the lines,and I broke all the rules
But baby I broke them all for you
oh because even when I was half broke 
you made me feel like a million bucks
You do, I was made for you

You see the smile that's on my mouth
It's hiding the words that don't come out
And all my friends that think I am blessed
they don't know my head is a mess
No, they don't know who I really am
And they don't know 
what iv'e been through, like you do
And I was made for you

And all of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where iv'e been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything 
When you've got know one to tell them to
It's true, I was made for you 
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