How To Strum Eminem's - Love The Way You Lie

Let's take a look at how to play "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem also featuring Rihanna. This is a fairly easy song acoustic guitar song for beginners because it uses a similar rhythm through out and doesn't have any barre chords or hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Song: Love The Way You Lie
Artists: Eminem (feat. Rihanna)
Album: Recovery
Buy this song on Amazonor Buy it on iTunes.

The tuning for this one is standard, but with a capo at the 3rd fret. Here's how your guitar should sound with the capo on. (Note: you can still learn this song if you don't have a capo. Just use the chord shapes open. It won't sound exactly the same, but it's easy to change to the capo when you finally have one.) The complete guitar tabs to this song are available at the bottom of this page.

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Guitar Tuning for Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie"

Now, let's take a look at the chords in the song: Click here for help on reading chords

The song is in 4/4 time and the tempo is 88BPM. There's only two sections to this song so we'll go ahead and look at those.

First Part

This is the main guitar riff. It repeats three times. Notice the rhythm only changes on the 2nd chord. The individual notes are simply the lowest note of the chord, so keep the chord shape the whole time. Notice the C2 and Cadd9 are almost the exact same chord, the only difference is you will add your pinky to the C2 chord to play the Cadd9.

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Here's the audio for the 1st Section

Second Part

This is the 2nd section. It usually goes after you've played the first part 3 times. Notice that the only difference between this and the first section is that the final chord (Dsus4/F#) is cut off early. Other than that both parts are identical.

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Here's the audio for the 2nd Section

The Tabs

Here's the tabs I've created for the site. There's 3 formats for you to chose from. I've also uploaded them to if you like to use them.