Skinny Love - Birdy Guitar Lesson

Skinny Love by Birdy album coverHere's a guitar lesson on how to play Birdy's version of "Skinny Love." I have the chords written out below which are the correct chords for the song (there are many incorrect versions online), and I've done it with CAPO 4 so that you don't have to use any barre chords.

A really nice way to play Birdy's version but on guitar is to use a simple arpeggio pattern to create the kind of piano sound she has on her recording.

To do this, hold down each chord with your left hand while your right hand picks out the individual notes in the tab below. Let each string ring throughout each measure.

Skinny Love guitar arpeggio

Em slash B chord on the guitarIn the chorus Birdy plays an inversion of Em. Inversion means that you have a note that is not the root note as the lowest pitch of the chord. In this case, the Em/B is an Em chord but with B as the lowest pitch. This is easy to play on guitar like this: x22000.

Here's how to apply the arpeggio pattern to the chorus. The C chord gets two measures so just repeat the pattern twice. The Em/B is one measure and since the lowest pitch is now B you get to pluck the same fifth string to start your arpeggio pattern for that measure.

Skinny Love chorus for guitar

Skinny Love Guitar Chords

And finally here are the full chords and lyrics for the song, arranged for CAPO 4 so you don't need to use any barre chords.



Intro: Am, F, C (2x)

Am              F                  C
Come on skinny love just last the year
Am              F                  C
Pour a little salt we were never here
      Am         F               C
My my my – my my my – my my my my – my my ...
                F       Dm                  Am 
Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer

Am          F               C
I tell my love to wreck it all
Am                F                C
Cut out all the ropes and let me fall
      Am         F                C
My my my – my my my – my my my my – my my ...
                F  Dm             Am
Right in the moment this order's tall

   C                        Em/B             Am
I told you to be patient I told you to be fine
    C                       Em/B             Am
I told you to be balanced I told you to be kind
          C                                  Em/B            Am
In the morning I'll be with you, but it will be a different kind
           C                                     Em/B          Am
I'll be holding all the tickets, and you'll be owning all the fines

Am            F                   C 
Come on skinny love what happened here
Am           F                C
Suckle on the hope in lite brassiere
      Am         F             C
My my my – my my my – my my my – my my ...
          F  Dm                    Am
Sullen load is full so slow on the split

   C                       Em/B             Am
I told you to be patient I told you to be fine
   C                       Em/B             Am
I told you to be balanced I told you to be kind
    C                           Em/B               Am
Now all your love is wasted then who the hell was I?
Cause now I'm breaking at the britches
          Em/B              Am
And at the end of all your lines                                          

C                   Em           Am
  Who will love you?  who will fight?
C                   Em       Am
  And who will fall,  far behind?

Am              F       C
Come on skinny love ........

Am, F, C (1x)

      Am         F             C
My my my – my my my – my my my – my my ... (x2)

Outro: Am, F, C (2x)

Review of Nightmare Before the Nutcracker

Nightmare Before the Nutcracker Vancouver show

Vancouver Weekly posted a great reivew of our latest show. The show takes place again this coming Friday night (Dec 12th). As the review stated, "Had there been a block to line up around, it would have happened" so get your tickets in advance.

My favourite line from the review is this one: "It captures a similar tone of playful, childlike wonder that many Burton films employ. However, this one comes with perfectly blunt language, burlesque performances, and beer in the lobby."

Here are some more highlights from the review:

"If Tim Burton could be spiced up a bit, it would be with a little less Helena Bonham Carter and a few more tassels. The Nightmare Before the Nutcracker pulls this off pretty damn well, putting on a thoroughly entertaining show on Friday night."

"Clara was absolutely on point as the main character guiding us into the world. She’s adorable, naive, and wildly foul mouthed, delivering some of the sharpest lines in the show."

"As far as performances go, each one was a little unique. Sally [played by Voodoo Pixie], Clara’s friend and formerly inanimate doll, was mesmerizing with her two dance solos."

"The three jugglers, in character as Lock, Shock, and Barrel, were also thoroughly entertaining. Their talent was clear as they performed a wild routine with nine balls in the air, but what was equally impressive was how they pulled it off despite how chaotic it became."

"Lastly, the balancing act performed near the midway point of the show was incredible. The physical skill and flexibility it took to pull off those moves had the crowd locked."

You can read the whole review on the Vancouver Weekly website.

Teaching Guitar on the Via Mia show

A couple weeks ago I was invited to appear on the Via Mia show on Shaw Vancouver. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk about my guitar teaching philosophy and have some good laughs with Mia. Ringo also made his debut television appearance!

Wayne's World Live Casting call

Wayne's World Wayne and Garth

Blue Morris Productions is looking for two actors to play Wayne and Garth in an upcoming live performance show called Wayne's World Live, Sept 19th at the Rio Theatre.

We are looking for performers who can impersonate Wayne and Garth, who can conduct unscripted interviews on stage and make them funny, and who can serve as hosts for the show.

Essentially the show is the Waynes World cable access TV show, but live on stage, as a burlesque show.

If you are interested, please e-mail Vanity Feral at info-at- with "Wayne's World casting" in the subject line and tell us about your experience.

Party on!
Blue Morris

My first band

The first band I ever played in. That's me with the guitar and my cousin with the harmonica. A promising start. Unfortunately no recorded tracks were made. Probably for the best. The Beatles style mop top was pretty cool though. Also, that's a sweet 3-piece suit I'm sporting (not wearing the jacket in this particular shot)

Blue Morris' first band 1970s