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I just got a guitar and I am learning how to play riptide by vance joy and here is what I am following https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/vance-joy/riptide-chords-1237247.

For some reason when I play those chords in standard tuning of EADGBE with a capo on the first fret, it doesn't come together to sound like riptide. Instead, it does when I play the chords Em, Dsus2, and G.

I've noticed that the guitar doesn't sound quite right in standard tune for other songs either and I have to capo it beyond what the tutorial recommends. Is there anyway to fix this--is my tuning off or something?

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  • Just 'cos it's on the 'net doesn't mean it's absolutely correct..!
    – Tim
    Jul 7, 2022 at 7:30

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Leaving aside the sus2, this is almost certainly a tuning problem with your guitar. The chords you've given that sound correct are exactly a fifth (seven frets) higher than the ones given on the web page. That would also explain why you need to move your capo so far.

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