“Teardrops on My Guitar” is a great beginner-level song for fans of Taylor Swift. Four simple open chords combine to make this tear-jerker come alive.

Released in 2007, “Teardrops on My Guitar” speaks of Swift’s unrequited love for her high school classmate. It appears on her self-titled debut album and later in her second album, Fearless, for international audiences. The acoustic guitar in the album track makes it perfect to play along to with your own guitar (with or without teardrops on it).

The song is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 3rd fret. The guitar chords used in this song are G, Em, C, and D. Let’s take a look…

“Teardrops on My Guitar” Guitar Chords

Click on any chord to learn more about how to play it:

And if you’re looking for a fun and easy way to remember these and 25+ other essential chords, check out our free guitar chord flashcards.

How to Play

In this YouTube video, Guitar Goddess does a great job of walking you through how to play “Teardrops on My Guitar”. We’ve included her video below.

She’ll teach you how to do the recommended strumming pattern, DDD DU DU DD DU. And at the end of the video is a play-along with on-screen chords and strumming patterns.

Guitar Tabs

If you’d prefer to have the “Teardrops on My Guitar” guitar tabs, Nena Shelby offers a printable version here

Her version still has 4 chords, but they’re a bit different:

There’s an option for a D/F# chord, which she explains in her video tutorial.

Em7 chord Cadd9 chord

Make It Your Own

There two slightly different versions show the fun of guitar: you get to interpret these classic songs in your own way based on your own personal style. Play it more like the album, Swift’s live performances, or your own way. Anyway you do it, “Teardrops on My Guitar” is the first Taylor Swift song that many fans of hers learn, and then go on to work their way through her many albums and countless hits.

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