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How to Play Killing Me Softly Chords on Guitar

“Killing Me Softly” is a popular song that has been recorded by many artists, such as Roberta Flack, Fugees, and Frank Sinatra. The song was written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, and it was inspired by a poem by Lori Lieberman. The song tells the story of a woman who is moved by the performance of a singer who seems to know her life and feelings.

The song has a simple and catchy melody, and it can be played on guitar with some basic chords and strumming patterns. In this article, we will show you how to play “Killing Me Softly” on guitar in three easy steps:

Chords

Em                       Am        D7                       G
Strumming my pain with his fingers.  Singing my life with his words.
 Em                      Am                       D        C
Killing me softly with his song.  Killing me softly with his song.
           G               C
Telling my whole life with his words.
           Fmaj7#11           E
Killing me softly,  with his song.
 
 
[Verse]
 
Am7        D
I heard he sang a good song.
G          C
I heard he had a style.
Am7        D
And so I came to see him,
    Em
and listen for a while.
Am7          D7
And there he was this young boy,
G          B7
a stranger to my eyes.
 
 
[Chorus]
 
 Em                       Am        D7                       G
Strumming my pain with his fingers.  Singing my life with his words.
 Em                      Am                      D        C
Killing me softly with his song. Killing me softly with his song.
           G               C
Telling my whole life with his words.
           Fmaj7#11           E
Killing me softly,  with his song.
 
 
[Verse]
 
Am7        D
I felt all flushed with fever,
G          C
embarrassed by the crowd.
Am7        D
I felt he found my letters
    Em
and read each one out loud.
Am7          D7
I prayed that he would finish,
G          B7
but he just kept right on.
 
 
[Chorus]
 
 Em                       Am        D7                       G
Strumming my pain with his fingers.  Singing my life with his words.
 Em                      Am                       D        C
Killing me softly with his song.  Killing me softly with his song.
           G               C
Telling my whole life with his words.
           Fmaj7#11           E
Killing me softly,  with his song.
 
 
[Riff]
 
  Em  Am     D7   G          Em       Am     D      C    G      C  Fmaj7#11
(Woah----whoah- ha-a-a-ah---lalala-lalala--whoah- laa--whoahoh laa----
 
E
(Laa-ahah-ahahahah)
 
 
[Chorus]
 
 Em                       Am        D7                       G
Strumming my pain with his fingers.  Singing my life with his words.
 Em                      Am                       D        C
Killing me softly with his song.  Killing me softly with his song.
           G               C
Telling my whole life with his words.
           Fmaj7#11           E
Killing me softly,  with his song.

Learn the Strumming Pattern

The second step to play “Killing Me Softly” on guitar is to learn the strumming pattern that is used in the song. The song has a moderate tempo, and it uses a simple strumming pattern that goes like this:

  • Down, down, up, up, down, up

You can practice this strumming pattern with any chord, and try to keep a steady rhythm. You can also add some accents or variations to make it more interesting.

Learn the Chord Progression

The third and final step to play “Killing Me Softly” on guitar is to learn the chord progression that is used in the song. The song has four main sections: the verse, the chorus, the bridge, and the outro. The chord progression for each section is as follows:

  • Verse: Gm – C – F – Dm (repeat four times)
  • Chorus: Bb – Am – Gm – C (repeat twice)
  • Bridge: F – Em – Dm – C (repeat twice)
  • Outro: Gm – C – F – Dm (repeat until fade out)

You can play along with the original recording or a backing track to practice the chord progression. You can also sing or hum the melody while you play.

Conclusion

“Killing Me Softly” is a classic song that can be easily played on guitar with some basic chords and strumming patterns. By following these three steps, you can learn how to play “Killing Me Softly” on guitar and impress your friends and family with your musical skills. Have fun and enjoy playing this beautiful song!

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