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As I listen back to this performance of Radiohead’s True Love Waits, it flows just as easily — as when I first transcribed it. This arrangement took about 20 minutes for me to put together, and it was definitely a “flow state” experience:

Flow is the mental state of operation, in which the person performing an activity, is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus.

For some, the “flow state” can come from golf or a video game. I’m blessed — the minute a guitar touches my hands, I’m in some type of meditative flow.

I hope that you enter a flow state while using my guitar tabs. The rest of your brain can shut off — and you just immerse yourself in guitar playing. 

As we learn more about the benefits of meditation — it’s easy to understand why simple, distracting activities become compulsions with people. It’s literally a form of brain relaxation.

As society becomes more integrated — and our daily lives become more complex — the need for escapism will be that much greater. Keep your guitar nearby!

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How to play True Love Waits for classical guitar

This is my 3rd arrangment from Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool. For more guitar arrangements of their music — please check out my Radiohead archive .

The advent of True Love Waits is peculiar because it’s a very old song, predating 1995. My impression of Radiohead was that they’re not fond of revisiting their old music. Even still, True Love Waits made it into their live set lists for over 20 years in various incarnations, mostly acoustic.

The song became a “true” fan favorite — and they “waited” 20 years for it. [Stop it Evan, you insatiable pun monster.]

The guitar tab for True Love waits is just over two pages long. It’s very easy to play and I would recommend this song for beginner guitar players and up.

The order of play, in accordance with the guitar tab is: Intro, Verse 2x, Chorus — Verse 2x, Chorus, End. Very simple. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

True Love Waits is played in a rather trick tuning that I’ve implemented before on this blog. Essentially you’ll tune the guitar down one 1/2 step except for the low E (6th) string.

The tuning is as follows, from low to high: E Ab Db Gb Bb Eb.  Or, depending on your tuner, it will look like this:  E G# C# F# A# D#.

After this you’ll add a capo to the first fret. I use a G7th classical capo

True Love Waits for classical guitar

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