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