Playing Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” —Beginners and Intermediate—

Today  We will have a look at a song by Mike Posner. It is a good song to learn, does not have a straightforward feel, it is played with a more “Jazzy” feel, great song to introduce you to that feel.

 Click on the video to hear a version of the song.                   





Here is the basic layout of the song:  

          Eb       Dm        Gm                   Bb

     E——————   ——————-3-

     B——————  ————–3—-3–

     G——————  ————–3——

     D—————–  ———————-

     A—6——5—–  ———3————

     E—————–  –3–6—————-

Count 12       34             1  and 2     3      4


About the counting underneath the tab:  the 2 and 4 mean those beats are ringing, so please make sure you hold those notes for 2 beats.


      Playing Ideas:

When you are a beginner just play the bassnotes underneath the first three chords, forget about the last chord.

Play the song by just using chords, Playing the Eb with a C-shape, play Dm with a barreshape, Gm as barreshape and the Bb as a A-shape chord on fret 3.

 Here are the fingerings [also known as voicings] of those chords:

     E             Dm             Gm           Bb

     x             5           3         7

     4             6           3         7

     3             7           3         3

     5             7           5         3

     6             5           5         x

     x             x           3         x

Play each chord for two strums, for the Bb play on beat 3 the notes as indicated on the D and G string, then for beat 4 play as indicated on the B and E string. Really you split this chord up in two parts, the rest of the chords are played as indicated. When you are not familiar with this way of notating chords: Read them as tab, lower notes are played on the low E, x means do not play.


I have transposed the same piece for beginners to more “familiar” chordshapes. They read like:

    F             Em         Am           C

    1              0            0            0

    1              0            1            1

    2              0            2            0

    3              2            2            2

    x              x            0            3

    x              x            x            x

Play these chords also with two strums per chord. Notice the different notation for the Em, really easy! If you can play full Em go for that one as this chord gives you a fuller sound!


Finally the Transposed version in riff fashion:

               Em            Am           

    E——————-  ——————-

    B——————- ——————–

    G——————- —————-0—-

    D–3——-2——- ———-0———2-

    A——————– –0–3—————-

    E——————– ——————–

Count 12       34            1 and 2      3    4

For the  more advanced players: Notice that the C chord mentioned above does not have a Root, why have I chosen to harmonize the riff with a C? It is the G and the E of the C chord that we play here: The 5th and the major 3rd.


Okay that will do for now, make sure you revisit the stuff you have learned so far, and keep at it.

See you next time,