Hallelujah was originally written by Leonard Cohen but in this lesson we're focusing on the Jeff Buckley version. The song uses basic open chords throughout; however, it is quite demanding on the right hand as there is not one continuous pattern through the progression.
Hallelujah has a simple song structure going from verse to chorus, continuously repeating throughout the entire piece. Take your time when learning this piece and pay extra attention to dynamics. This song is very delicate and playing it with finesse is absolutely crucial if you want it to sound good.
Alright, let's start learning how to play Hallelujah!
- Key - G major (G without a capo, C with)
- Capo - 5th fret
- Tuning - standard
- Difficulty - Beginner-Intermediate
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How to Play Hallelujah - Guitar Lesson
In this first lesson we learn how to play the very haunting and beautiful intro. This was originally played on an electric guitar and likely with a pick but of course you can still do it on your acoustic and with your fingers.
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How to Play the Verse of Hallelujah
In this lesson we learn how to play the verse of Hallelujah. It's quite a long verse and there are lots of chords to navigate but it's very enjoyable to play and well worth the work required to learn it.
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How to Play The Bridge of Hallelujah
There's just the bridge to learn now and if you're now OK with the rest of the song then this section shouldn't be too much of a struggle for you.
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