Hallelujah Guitar Lesson with Tabs

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

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!

Song Details:

  • 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. 

If you want just the chords and lyrics of Hallelujah, then you can find them here on Your Guitar Success.

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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. 

Structure of Here Comes The Sun

Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Verse, Chorus, Outro

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Want to learn more fingerstyle arrangements of famous songs?: Hurt (Johnny Cash), Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton), Landslide (Fleetwood Mac), The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel).

Alternatively you can browse the whole song catalogue: Song Lesson Library

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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  3. Mark Hughs left a comment on 1st August 2018 at 10:30 am

    I recently discovered your videos and I really like your approach. I’m excited about building up my fingerpicking repertoire with all these great songs. I’m a huge Elliott Smith fan so I’m especially looking forward to your tutorial on “Angeles”. Any other Elliott Smith songs you might want to teach would be appreciated.

    As for “Hallelujah” , you mention above that you would add a video for the intro. That would be great if you could. And maybe Buckley ‘s solo too?

    Thanks for your videos!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 1st August 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Hey Mark,

      I’m really glad you’re enjoying the lessons! I’m looking forward to doing Angeles as well, not too far to go until that one comes up!

      I did mention that you’re right, so I shall do that lesson for you. Give me a bit of time as I am unbelievably busy, but I’ll get that put together for you. I’ll do that bridge as well.


      Have a good one!

  4. Mary left a comment on 9th April 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Hi, I know that it will obviously be different for most people, but when you talk of learning a song a week could you give me some idea from an advanced beginner/early intermediate perspective, how many hours a day one would have to invest in order to keep up with that.
    Thank you, loving the video’s

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 10th April 2019 at 11:52 am

      Hi Mary, it’s pretty much impossible to say because as you said everyone is different. The key is consistency of practice, an hour a day is a good amount and you really will see great results over time. I’ve been practising (on average) two hours a day for many years now and often I feel that it’s not enough.

      Set goals and then create practice plans to achieve those goals. Keeping playing every day. Good luck!

      • Mary left a comment on 13th April 2019 at 9:27 am

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        • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 14th April 2019 at 2:24 pm

          Thanks Mary.

  5. Mark left a comment on 26th February 2020 at 9:28 am

    This tutorial (and your whole site) are great!

    I am really struggling with the later part of the Bridge, particularly when it gets up into the 10/11 frets on a cut-away Taylor. Any tips for this (I’ll take anything!) or ideas how to play it elsewhere on the fret board? I love the song, want to include the bridge, but can’t seem to get clean notes on this barre-ing – and unfortunately don’t know enough theory to develop a work-around. Want to nail this bridge then move on to Ticket to Ride!


    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 7th March 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Mark. I know that it might seem very hard at the moment and looking for a short cut is very tempting but please just stick with it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in this position and the best thing to do is to keep at it. Focus on your problem area and eventually it should come together. Probably not what you want to hear but I think it’s the best advice I can give. Good luck!

  6. Daniël left a comment on 25th April 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Hi, I am so grateful for your tutorials, they motivated me to play the guitar a lot more! I have two question about the song;

    In his song after the 4th chorus (after minute 4:10) he plays something different, but I do not get what he is playing and you do not mention it in your video. Do you know what he is playing?

    The same does apply to the outro (after minutie 6:10), it sounds like he uses some other chords, be I do not know which ones.

    Thank you so much for your website!

    Kind regards,


    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 26th April 2020 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Daniël, I’ve not looked or played this song since I made this lesson, so currently I don’t know off the top of my head. Soon enough I’ll be transcribing the song for publication so when that’s done the TAB will have every last detail on and will answer your question.

      • Daniël left a comment on 26th April 2020 at 1:30 pm

        Thank you for your reaction! Look forward to that!

  7. Russ left a comment on 14th May 2020 at 12:12 am

    Hi…I have a question about the above song Hallelujah. You state it goes from verse to chorus, but I don’t see the tab for the chorus, only the Tabs for the intro and verse.


    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 14th May 2020 at 9:26 am

      I think I’ve put the chorus into the verse, just without labelling it. Anyway I’ve just sent this song off for publication so the full score of it from start to finish will be available shortly.

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