Chords in E minor for “Lights” by Ellie Goulding

I worked on this with Morgan Oakes today. It’s the chord progression for Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” transposed from G#m to E minor. It would be far easier to play it on guitar in this key and capo four. Or, even better, don’t capo it if you want to sing it in a lower key than Ellie.

She commented that it was just the same chord progression over and over. Even if it’s the same chord progression over and over, if you’re working with other musicians who want to play the song with you, there’s a lot of information to get across to them.

In this case, you need to at least tell your fellow musicians what the four chords are that you’re going to play over and over. We added a strumming pattern, tempo, and an ending that Morgan came up with that is different than Ellie Goulding’s version.

We transposed this down to Em from G#m as it fit Morgan’s range and vocal strengths better.