"Wonderwall" is the third track on the 1995 album "What's the Story, Morning Glory?" by the British rock band Oasis. Although the band recorded the song using acoustic guitars, Oasis has often performed "Wonderwall" with electric guitars at its concerts. However, the chords and technique required to play "Wonderwall" are the same for both acoustic and electric guitar.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Song lyrics (see link in References)
Tune the guitar to standard tuning (E, A, D, G, B, E).
Place a capo just behind the second fret. A capo is a clamp that depresses the strings of a guitar at a higher position on the neck, allowing the player to change the key of a song while still using open chords.
Learn the following open chords: Em7, G, Dsus4, A7sus4, Cadd9. These are the only chords used in the song. Refer to the chord diagrams in the margin for finger positioning. Practice changing between each chord until you are able to play all five chords clearly in succession.
Learn the rhythm and strumming pattern by listening to the album version of the song. You can download it from any of the popular music distribution sites such as iTunes or Amazon.com, or stream it on YouTube.
Play the following chord progressions for the introduction, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, and ending.
Introduction: Em7, G, Dsus4, A7sus4. Play this progression twice.
Verse: Em7, G, Dsus4, A7sus4. Play this sequence three times, and after the third repetition, play Cadd9, Dsus4, A7sus4. Each verse begins with the lyric "Today..." and ends with "...feels the way I do about you now."
Pre-chorus: Cadd9, Dsus4, A7sus4, Cadd9, Dsus4, A7sus4, followed by Cadd9, Dsus4, G, Dsus4, Em7, Dsus4, A7sus4. The pre-chorus begins with the lyrics "And all the lights..." and ends with "...but I don't know how."
Chorus and Ending: Cadd9, Em7, G, Em7. Play this sequence four times for each chorus and the ending. The lyrics to each chorus begin with the lyrics "Because maybe..." and end with "...you're my Wonderwall."
Tips and warnings
- 1. Play the song slowly while learning the chords and rhythm. Increase your speed gradually until you can keep up with the tempo of the song. This will build accurate muscle memory in your hands and lead to a better performance.
- 2. Place the ring finger and little finger of your fretting hand on the fifth fret of the B string and the fifth fret of the high E string, respectively. Keep them there throughout the entire song, as each chord used in "Wonderwall" requires this finger placement.
- 3. The song structure for "Wonderwall" is introduction, verse, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, chorus, ending.
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