Don't Know Why Guitar Lesson

How to Play Don’t Know Why by Norah Jones (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

This is the full guitar lesson for Norah Jones' version of Don't Know Why.

Don't Know Why was originally written by American musician Jesse Harris in the late '90s and appears on his album 'Jesse Harris And The Ferdinandos'. Norah Jones' version of the song was recorded in 2002 and can be found on her debut album 'Come Away With Me'.

The song brought Jones to fame and peaked at no. 30 in the U.S Billboard Hot 100. After the release of Come Away With Me, Norah Jones won three Grammy Awards in 2003 for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal.

Alright, let's start learning how to play Don't Know Why!

Song Details:

  • Capo - 6th fret
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 88 bpm
  • Difficulty - intermediate

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Don't Know Why Guitar Lesson

OK, let's get into the lesson. It's pretty tricky at times so really take your time with it. This song is incredibly tastefully written, and you can tell by the sophisticated chords that it has a lot of jazz influence in it. One thing that's very cool about it is that there's a descending chromatic line that blends neatly into the chords and runs right through the verse, it's really great writing.

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  1. John M Shillito left a comment on 16th April 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Beautiful – clear instructions too…

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