How to Play Thinking Of You by Sister Sledge

I was recently given the excellent autobiography of Nile Rodgers – all round guitar hero, co-founder of Chic,  legendary song writer and one of the most influential producers in the history of popular music.  So naturally I decided to try and learn one of his songs.

Nile wrote Thinking of You for Sister Sledge’s 1979 album We Are Family which later became a hit single in 1984.  His distinctive funk style guitar is shown in the following video.

This is certainly a neat riff from a classic pop song but it’s rather tricky for some someone like me who spends the majority of his time playing acoustic guitars.   To keep things simple I decided to look at the stripped back Paul Weller version recorded for his Studio 150 album in 2004.  It is considerably easier to play than Nile’s version and even a tuneless old goat like me can (just about) sing along to it.

While researching this song I found an excellent version of it by Tim Lord on YouTube which is so good I thought I’d share it here.  Tim’s arrangement is pretty easy to learn and sing so you’ll be up and running in no time at all.  I have included the verse and chorus chords after the video below.

How To Play Thinking Of You On The Acoustic Guitar

Tim plays this song in standard tuning with a capo on the third fret and uses the following chord progressions.

Thinking Of You Verse Chords

The intro and verses are played using the following chords – click to make the chart bigger.

Thinking of you chorus chords

Thinking Of You Chorus Chords

The main part of the chorus is played using the following chords – click to make the chart bigger.

Thinking of you Intro and verse chords

The last part of the chorus is played using the following chords – click to make the chart bigger.

And finally, here is a link to the lyrics for thinking of you.  Enjoy!

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