“You don’t know” by Milow. Really great ballad. If you don’t know this song, well, you’ll know it in a few minutes with the video lesson offered on this page:

1. Let’s get started.

We will learn the acoustic live version.

The capo is on the 4th fret. Standard tuning. Everything is played with open chords. You need to know them before going any further.

The chords are: A Minor, F, G, C, E, and E7.

The chord pattern is changing from time to time during the song.

2. The rhythm

It stays the same for the whole song. Here we only use our fingers, and most of the time the thumb. That’s the way that Milow does the song when he’s playing live. Basically, it’s:

Down – Hit – Up – Up – Hit – Up

Really simple. You do that for the whole song.

The clinky noise you can hear is the string hitting the fret. To reproduce that sound you hit the 6th string with the palm of your hand. Like that.

Also, there’s a hammer-on you can make with your major on F and C for the intro, the verses, and for the bridge. It’s at the very beginning of the chords every time. You do that for F and C only. For F, the hammer-on is on the second fret of the third string. For C it’s just above it.

3. Let’s move on to the intro…

The chords are, successively:

Am – F – G – C – F – G – C – E

You will see later that for the rest of the song, the first 4 or 5 chords are always the same. But the end of the pattern changes from time to time.

4. The verses

Let’s begin with the 1st verse. You start with the same chords: Am, F, G. But after that, you go back to Am.

And you play the same succession of chords as the intro: F, G, C, E.

You play this pattern twice for the first verse. For the second and third verse, just once, the first time actually.

The second part of the second verse, instead of C and E at the very end of it, it’s E7 and E. The second time for the third verse, you basically replace C and E, by E7 only, right when he sings “baby, baby, baby” (no it’s not a Justin Bieber’s song).

5. Speaking of chorus…

The first one is very short and the chord pattern quite similar to the rest of the song. But the end is different again. At the end, after F, you just play E.

There’s no hammer-on this time. A lot easier.

The second chorus is entirely similar to the second verse, but without hammer-on. As a reminder:

Am, F, G, Am, F, G, C, E

Am, F, G, Am, F, G, E7, E.

After that, it’s the bridge. This one is really easy to play. Only three chords to remember. In the right order, it’s:

F – G – C (2x)

And that’s all.

The third chorus is longer than the other ones, and again the differences appear at the end of the chords pattern every time.

So it’s:

Am, F, G, Am, F, G, C, E

Am, F, G, Am, G, F, F

Am, F, G, Am, F, G, C, E

Am, F, G, Am, F, G, E7, E

6. Lyrics

To help you out learning the song, here are the lyrics:

Sometimes everything seems awkward and large
Imagine a Wednesday evening in March
Future and past at the same time
I make use of the night and start drinking a lot
Although not ideal, for now it’s all that I’ve got
It’s nice to know your name

You don’t know, you don’t know
You don’t know anything ’bout me

An ocean, a lake I need a place to drown
Let’s freeze the moment because we’re going down
Tomorrow you’ll be gone, gone, gone
You’re laughing too hard, this all seems surreal
I feel peculiar, now what do you feel
Do you think there’s a chance that we can fall

You don’t know, you don’t know
You don’t know anything about me
What do I know I know your name
You don’t know you don’t know
You don’t know anything about me anymore

I gave up dreaming for a while
I gave up dreaming for a while

I’ve noticed these are mysterious days
I look at it like a jigsaw puzzle and gaze
With wide open mouth and burning eyes
If only I could start to care
My dreams and my Wednesdays ain’t going nowhere
Baby, baby, baby you don’t know 

You don’t know, you don’t know
You don’t know anything about me
What do I know, I know your name
You don’t know, you don’t know
You don’t know anything about me

7. To conclude:

If you don’t like to play the song with your fingers you can try with a pick. The sound you’ll get will be more like the studio version.

It’s up to you to decide whatever sounds best. I like both styles actually.

Here’s a tab of this song if you feel lost. Now you know “You don’t know”. You can also learn other Milow songs if you like. You’ll find two other guitar lessons on my website:

Thank you for reading and learning with me. See you next time, guitar player.