With the Riptide Chords, You Can Play Thousands of Easy Songs on Guitar and Ukulele

Table of Contents

You'll need a capo.

For guitar and ukulele.

Tips and tricks for guitarists.

Beginner to advanced.

It's easier than you think.

Putting it all together.

Part 1

How to Play “Riptide” by Vance Joy

Vance Joy (45670341855)Riptide was released in 2013 by Australian singer-songwriter, James Keogh (aka Vance Joy).

It became a viral sensation due to its catchy melody and rhythmic strumming.

And because the Riptide chords are pretty easy, it's a perfect song for beginners on the guitar and ukulele.

What Key Is Riptide In?

How to Use a Capo

What Are the Chords for Riptide?

Ukulele Riptide Chords

Guitar Riptide Chords

F Barre Chord Tips (for Guitarists)

I've written a much longer article on how to play the F chord on guitar - specifically the barre version. It's a very in-depth resource. And it also introduces a clever practice technique that'll help make the learning process easier.

Below are 5 tips from that article.

1. Bony Part of the Finger

2. Move the Capo Higher Up

3. Use Thinner Guitar Strings

4. Lower the Action

5. Practice on an Electric

If the F barre chord is still too hard, don’t give up just yet.

Below are 2 more options.

Option 1: Alternate Fingerings for F Major

Option 2: Try Fmaj7 Instead

What Is the Riptide Strumming Pattern?

Vance Joy (39613897725)Riptide's strumming pattern is instantly recognizable. It’s got a rhythmic groove that keeps the song upbeat – even though the lyrics are a bit melancholy.

That strumming sequence is below. But if you’re a beginner, this pattern can be tricky. So I’ve included 2 easier versions as well.

The good news is that the Riptide strumming pattern basically repeats throughout the whole song.

There are a few parts that slow down. But if you can master the first bar, you're pretty much set.

Advanced Pattern

Watch video below - starting at 9:53.

Intermediate Pattern

Pattern starts at 1:13 in the next video.

Beginner Pattern

Strum pattern starts at 2:16 in the next video.

How to Play the Riptide Solo

ACL Music Festival 2015 Overview (Austin, Texas, 2015-10) (22116140030) (cropped)In the second half of the song (right before the bridge) is a short riff.

It’s 100% optional. But it's pretty easy. And if you wanna play the entire tune from start to finish, learning this solo is worth it.

Below are tabs and video tutorials - for both guitar and ukulele.

If you've never seen a tab before, read this.

On the Guitar

Guitar Riff Tab

Guitar Riff Video

On the Ukulele

Ukulele Riff Tab

Ukulele Riff Video

Riptide by Vance Joy: Music & Lyrics

On to Part 2.

Let's see what you can really do with the chords to Riptide.

Part 2

Taking It Beyond the Riptide Chords

Not bad.

You just turned 1 song into 47 – without learning any new chords.

And that's just scratching the surface.

There are literally thousands of tunes that use the Riptide chords – Am, G, C, and F.

And with the Chord Genome Project's free search engine, finding them is both fast and easy.

Just type in the chords you know. And seconds later – Voila!

You have a clickable list of songs from around the Web.

... All of which use your exact chords.

Try it yourself (below).

But definitely come back.

You'll learn how to turn those 1,000 songs into 4,500.

How to Search Songs by Chords

Click on the orange button below and do a search of the Riptide chords – Am, G, C, and F:

If you’re logged out, you'll get about 100+ songs. But with a Free Account, you’ll get 1,000+ results.

Welcome back.

Hopefully, you got some solid hits.

And because you know the chords already, those songs are all easy wins.

But we can make this list even larger.

Turning the Riptide Chords into Thousands of Easy Songs

You already know that you can play any 4-chord song that uses…

We started Part 2 by searching those exact chords. And we got 1,000+ hits.

But if you put a capo on the 1st fret, you can play Riptide – plus any other song that uses…

So if you do a search of those 4 chords, you’ll find even more music.

And if you put a capo on the 2nd fret, you can play all 47 songs in the Axis of Awesome video – plus any other tunes that use…

Stand back for a second. And think about what you've just done.

You learned the chords for 1 song.

But you unlocked 4,500+ new tunes in the process.

That's a PHENOMENAL return on investment.

Each songs has a different melody, tempo, and strumming pattern. And it'll take time to clean them up.

But they're all playable with the same 4 chords.

Try it out now.