Haba Na Haba Guitar Lesson

Haba Na Haba by Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Lesson with TABS

In this lesson we're going to be learning how to play Tommy Emmanuel's song Haba Na Haba on guitar.

Haba Na Haba is by the great Tommy Emmanuel and is a wonderful example of how to write an acoustic instrumental. The song is structured unbelievably well and feels just like a whole band is playing. 

Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Haba Na Haba!

Song Details:

  • Tuning - standard
  • Capo - 2nd
  • Key - A major
  • Difficulty - advanced

Haba Na Haba (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Haba Na Haba, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.   

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Haba Na Haba Guitar Lesson - Intro/Verse

The intro is relatively straightforward to play, the chords are just standard open position ones and they're very easy to grip, but the fingerpicking is pretty busy and I'd really recommend taking it slow to begin with. It's worth pulling out the metronome and really working on getting a good groove going too.

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How to Play Chorus

Now you're OK with the intro and the verse of Haba Na Haba, let's jump into the chorus.

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How to Play the Bridge

Let's now have a look at the bridge. 

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How to Play the Outro

There's just the ending to deal with now!

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Eddie left a comment on 28th April 2019 at 8:15 pm

    For you to take the time to upload a lesson of this magnitude is a blessing for we mere mortals wishing to learn something that not every Joe and Jane can easily play. I don’t want to play songs like Dust In The Wind, or Classical Gas that everyone and his mom can play. I want to play Haba Na Haba! And you are making this possible. Thank you very much.

  2. CheapGlitch left a comment on 17th September 2019 at 11:17 am

    Thank you for such a great lesson, and for providing it for free! I was looking for some challenging and fun fingerpicking songs, and this one fits the bill perfectly. Beautiful, and a real joy to play.

    A few notes on the playing :

    – For the chorus, I’ve found it’s much easier (at least for me) to play the 8th fret on the 6th string with the index, and the 7th fret on the 1st with the middle finger (so basically the opposite of the usual positioning). Not only is it easier to throw in the other fingers when needed, but it also makes it a breeze to reach for the harmonics on the 12th fret while keeping the bass going, since you can stretch your whole hand.

    – In the video going over the bridge, you don’t seem to play the “climbing” part exactly the same way as the tab indicates. After the triolet, the rhythm should be syncopated (a sixteenth note followed by a eight, twice). Not that it matters much though.

    Anyways, keep up the good work!

  3. Mikaël left a comment on 3rd October 2020 at 10:12 am

    Hello,

    Thank you for your great work.
    I can’t find where to click to get the tab for this song.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 4th October 2020 at 7:59 pm

      You’re very welcome, TAB will be coming soon. I’ve had to remove all the free ones due to copyright laws.

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