Haba na Haba Guitar Tab

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.

After months and months of hard work we have finally made it to the end of the Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL Time list. It really has been a huge pleasure to bring you all of these song lessons, and whether this is the first song you've learnt or your 60th, I can't thank you enough for stopping by.

Haba Na Haba is by the great Tommy Emmanuel and I've saved this one for last because it's my personal favourite fingerstyle song. For me, it's a perfectly written instrumental guitar song and, whilst it is hard, it's far from impossible.

Haba Na Haba is no. 60 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and sign up to my weekly email lesson. That way you won't miss learning any of these great fingerstyle songs.

Haba Na Haba Guitar Lesson

Song Details:

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


First off, here's demo of the whole song.


Learn more about the techniques used in this song.

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Neon (John Mayer), God Only Knows (The Beach Boys), Never Going back Again (Fleetwood Mac), Don't Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult, Papa George (Tommy Emmanuel, Classical Gas (Mason Williams).

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If you have any questions or want to share anything at all, then please leave a comment below.

I hope you've found this lesson useful and thank you for reading.

  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


    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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