Don't Look Back In Anger

Don’t Look Back In Anger by Oasis – Fingerstyle Arrangement Guitar Lesson

Don't Look Back In Anger is a song that gets better the more you listen to it. As years pass by, it's proving it can withstand the test of time and just keeps sounding that little bit sweeter.

The song was Oasis' second UK number one hit and it's gone on to be one of the most recognised and loved songs of the band. It's safe to say that it is a superb song!  

Don't Look Back In Anger was written by Noel Gallagher for the British rock 'n' roll band Oasis in 1996. It was released as the 5th single from their second studio album '(What's the Story) Morning Glory' (1995).

Song Details:

  • Key - C major
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 82 bpm
  • Difficulty - advanced

Don't Look Back in Anger (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Don't Look Back In Anger, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.   

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The Intro

The intro to Don't Look Back in Anger is probably the most straightforward part of the song. Having said that, it's certainly not easy. Here, it's really important for you to sustain the notes in the chords as much as you can, really let them ring in to one another as much as possible.

Verse 1

As with learning any fingerstyle arrangement of any song, you want to really focus on getting the melody right. Remember, this is the part of the song that people know well so you have to play it as accurately as you can.

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Onto the pre-chorus of Don't Look Back in Anger now. Noel's employed the classic IV major to IV minor to the I chord here.

This cadence has been used by countless artists throughout history. I have a feeling that he may have first learnt this movement from The Beatles. 

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Because the chorus is so recognisable you'll likely find it a little easier to learn than the verses.

Often when learning a fingerstyle arrangement of a song the verses are the hardest sections to get right. This is because the melody of each verse is usually slightly different, therefore repeatedly listening to the song is absolutely essential to ensure you get it right. 

2nd Verse

The 2nd verse of Don't Look Back in Anger is very similar to the 1st. You just have to watch out for the slight differences in the melody line.

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There's an awful lot going on in this section. Playing the lead guitar solo and chords simultaneously is almost always a very difficult thing to do; however, it's probably the most fun part to play once you've cracked it. 


Finally we've arrived at the outro of the song. I'm sorry to say that you're not quite out of the woods just yet but you're pretty close now.

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Tell me what you found hard/easy and add any song suggestions that you may have.

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  1. Henry Yates left a comment on 2nd May 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Great arrangement, brilliant tab. I’m so pleased I discovered Chris’ website – it’s knocked me out of a real rut with my acoustic playing.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 8th May 2020 at 10:15 am

      Thanks Henry, really glad you like this arrangement. It’s one I’m quite proud of and I still love to play it myself.

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