Plaisir d’amour (aka “Can’t Help Falling in Love”) – chords and guitar tabs

Plaisir d’amour is a song composed by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini and inspired the melody for Elvis Presley’s popular song “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

This lesson covers the guitar chords for this song, sheet music for the melody including tabs, and also a finger-style guitar arrangement at the end!

Grab your guitar and let’s get started!

How to read the guitar chord charts

To clarify how to read the chord charts in the next section, the top horizontal line represents the high E string and the bottom horizontal line represents the low E string. The vertical lines separate each fret. The numbers in the blue dots tell you which fingers to use on the fretting hand. 

For example, on the C Major chord, you use the:

  • 1st finger on the 2nd string, 1st fret
  • 2nd finger on the 4th string, 2nd fret
  • 3rd finger on the 5th string, 3rd fret
  • Circles represent open strings
  • X means to avoid the string

You can check this link for more on how to read guitar notation symbols.

Plaisir d’amour guitar chords

Here are the chords you’ll need for this song (you can click on chords with links to learn different ways of playing that chord): C, G, F, D/F#, G/F, C/E, D minor/F, C/G, D/C, G/B, A minor, G/D, D, C minor, G7 b9, Bb, Eb, Ab, Eb/Bb, Bb/Ab, Eb/G, and F minor 6.

Try the following chords one at a time until you feel comfortable switching between them. These chords will be written above the melody in the next section.

Here are some resources on chords related to this song:

Plaisir d’amour – melody with guitar tabs

This section shows you the melody of the song with guitar tabs and the chords written above the staff. Keep in mind that the melody and chords are meant to be played as separate parts. We’ll look at how to connect these parts later in the arrangement section of this post.

The numbers next to some notes on the top staff indicate which fingers to use on the fretting hand.

You can refer to this simple guide to understanding music symbols if needed.

By the way, you can get all the PDFs of this post below.

Plaisir d'amour - melody and chords 1
Plaisir d'amour - melody and chords 2
Plaisir d'amour - melody and chords page 3

You can learn a finger-style guitar arrangement of this song after the lyrics below.

Plaisir d’amour – guitar arrangement

In this section, we are essentially connecting the melody and chords together using a finger-style method of playing.

If needed, check out this post to learn how to finger pick on guitar.

Plaisir d'amour - guitar arrangement 1
Plaisir d'amour - guitar arrangement 2
Plaisir d'amour - guitar arrangement 3

If you like this style of playing, you can check out this post to learn how to connect a melody and chords on guitar.

Get the free guitar practice guide here!

Want to learn more songs? Check out the sheet music with guitar tabs resource on this site.

All the best,

JG Music Lessons


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